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    In recent years this kit has been harder to find, but now it seems back on the market. It is notable for 1) the very honest packaging that shows the kit unpainted and 2) its versatile nature. Points to Atlas for showing the model without any paint on the marketing material, but it really does look pretty bad that way. Then again many companies use HO scale images of master built kits and market them to us in N so the other extreme is not ideal either.



    There are many examples across the internet of people using this kit to create some amazing work. Oddly, it remains rather hard to find factory brick walls pre-cut with windows in N-scale. ITLA has an offering that is pricey and DPM does sell sections of walls. Walthers used to run a line. But here you get a lot of walls for a good price. Given how universal a brick factory is, why we don't have more textile mills and brick factories etc. is a mystery to me.


    1. Here is what the kit comes with. So not as bad as the Atlas photo as the windows are green. The kit comes with too many windows.


    2. I spray painted the parts with the bricks a mix of red and brown and the windows white. I had some issues with the white carrying over and speckling. But after the paint dried, I added in hand painted layers of red oxide (see left two) that did a nice job covering up the spray painting alone step (see right two).


    3. I used the brick mortar and took stock of where I was at. No you are not seeing double. I had two kits. I did not paint them at the same time and the walls of the right section are different. I also noted I needed to take off more brick mortar from the left walls.



    4. Try as I may, I could not unify the colors of all the walls. The lesson is to paint everything at the same time!



    5. So I went back and just built up the first model as per the Atlas instructions.



    6. I can add more details like vents and ducts etc, but overall I feel this kit did not come out as I hoped. It is hard to explain exactly why, but something feels missing.



    7. I did the roof with dry brushed paper. Maybe if I remove the chimneys and go for better details it will improve. I also still have
    a second one to assemble!

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    Thanks for posting your work in progress. I would think that some better details on the roof would be a good place to start. Maybe adding some details to the sides as well: window bars on the first level and maybe a fire escape on the side. Also, I wouldn’t worry about differences in paint color as a company will often repaint one part of their complex before others. I have struggled with how to get good mortar in N scale bricks and have not found a great solution. Good luck.

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    I think what makes this kit tricky is the plastic 'bricks' are very shallow so the brick mortar is harder to apply. I agree it will be interesting to detail and see if that will help.
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    Here's Jimmi Boyer's version of the same kit. As you can see, he managed to do the mortar on this kit.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/schuyl...n/photostream/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/schuyl...n/photostream/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/schuylkillvalleyrr/6638914163/in/dateposted/


    Here's a link to another post on this topic where he tells his process.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...d-mortar-lines
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    Quote Originally Posted by schedule22 View Post
    3. I used the brick mortar and took stock of where I was at. No you are not seeing double. I had two kits. I did not paint them at the same time and the walls of the right section are different. I also noted I needed to take off more brick mortar from the left walls.
    You could always write it off by saying that one part of the building was built at a later date. Over time, even the same brick from the same supplier may differ in color due to minor differences in chemical composition. Similar to paint. The same color may be slightly different from batch to batch.

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    I think the brick looks okay. The windows don't feel finished though. Maybe another layer of drybrushing in the panes would do it.

    And it needs a few pipes and air handlers clinging on like barnacles! Maybe some weeds on the base or a vine climbing up the side. And a ladder or fire escape.

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    Thank you all for the suggestions. They are very helpful.

    8. I added vents on the front facing wall and roof, as well as some extra roof details. I found the walls still too patchy so decided in the next step I would do some gay washes.



    9. I think it looks better after the gray wash has made the walls a little more uniform, while still leaving some variation.


    10. Here it is next to the second structure. The colors difference is apparent. They are the same building, but need to face opposite directions to line up given the tower.



    11. I added my own freight doors to the lighter building. I am thinking of trying to darken it to match the left building. Or I may just leave them each be and not use them next to each other. I have more vents and all the roof work to do on the right building. If I could find a nice bridge to link the two, then they could perhaps work as a pair.
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    Looks fantastic! The grey wash really helped to even out the colours and make it look aged. It'll be neat to see the finished product and placement.

    I do agree with Gary Rowan above:

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Rowan View Post
    You could always write it off by saying that one part of the building was built at a later date

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    I, too, agree with @Farva and @Gary Rowan about the later build date. Not that it shouldn't be weathered, just not to the same extent or age.

    I am wondering how you are going to treat the track to get it to the same quality of appearance as this building?

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    Adding details...

    12. I had some Micron-Art water towers, and set to build one of them. I am not a fan of brass but gave it a shot.



    13. Rail Scale Models makes some factory wall ducting. As you can see in the photo, their products are customizable. I just built it as I saw fit without any measurements. With paint you cannot tell what is the 3D-printed vs white plastistruct material.


    14. The ducting and is applied - a showcase of all three products from Rail Scale Models. The bottom left of the ducting is
    from a different kit - Model Tech Studios. The Model Tech Studios ones are cheaper.



    15. The roof with more ducts and the water tower. These are the Model Tech Studios ones.


    16. I could not find the brick part for the top of the elevator, so added a freight door instead.



    17. Added security bars at the bottom and some extra vents in the windows. These are Blair Line details. The gas meters and
    drainage pipes are from Rolly's Railroad Model from eBay.


    18. Here are the two finished factories.



    19. And a parting close up.


    20. In summary, this is a nice kit that offers much flexibility. Now is a good time to pick one or two up as they are back on the market after being gone for years. You can find other examples of this kit all over this forum (see above comments) and https://www.nscale.net/forums/showthread.php?28739-A-factory-in-a-week-(thanks-Atlas! among others.
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    Looks great with the details , and the deck looks awesome , thanks for sharing.
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    Looks great!! Love the weathering and attention to detail that you have done.

    If one has a 3D printer I have some....



    ... roof ducting also ( HERE ) also...



    .... some skylights ( HERE ) that might work at times.

    Seeing the water tower ....



    .... I never thought about it but maybe also one of the two water towers I have ( HERE ) could also be used like what you did on top of a building.

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    Btw explanation of New York rooftop water towers
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a9y-Vv1E78

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    Why always brick red?
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