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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #75 on: June 03, 2018, 09:50:52 am »
Good to hear from you again!  :thumbsup:

Looking forward to developments  :beers:
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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #76 on: June 03, 2018, 01:46:52 pm »
It would be good to see a pic of it in its former state, if you can oblige please.

The first photo on this site shows it with the windows intact.........
https://mapio.net/a/7739272/
Basically 2-pane windows of various sizes filling all the obvious, bricked in, areas on the photo I took in 2011.

Have found one photo of the other (northern) end and the (west facing) back of the box as well on the internet.
It may actually feature in some of the PRR books I have got here, but haven't had a dig through them yet!

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #77 on: June 03, 2018, 02:38:37 pm »
Thanks.
A great shame they bricked up the windows as it was quite an imposing building.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #78 on: June 03, 2018, 03:50:25 pm »
Thanks.
A great shame they bricked up the windows as it was quite an imposing building.


I believe it still contains signaling equipment for the line, despite it no longer being used as a manned signal tower. Presumably the windows were bricked up to make it more secure due to its continuing importance.

Certainly others I have seen have not been bricked up, even if they are not in use as towers. The one of a vaguely similar design below is at Princeton Jn on the Northeast Corridor.


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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #79 on: June 10, 2018, 07:39:46 am »
Its starting to take shape now............



The roof is going to end up slightly higher than the original, but it still is in proportion to the remainder of the 'box.

Have used my usual embossed plastic brick sheeting, some odd bits of Evergreen strip, Ratio brass window frames for the main structure, with some oddments of plastic card for the roof.
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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #80 on: June 10, 2018, 08:29:01 am »
Looks great!  :thumbsup:

I'm a great fan of embossed plasticard, even though it is overscale.

Good use of the Ratio window frames, too.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #81 on: June 10, 2018, 08:55:42 am »
Looks great!  :thumbsup:

I'm a great fan of embossed plasticard, even though it is overscale.

Good use of the Ratio window frames, too.  :thumbsup:

The embossed brick sheets I use are South Eastern Finecast ones (as far as I can work out) which my local model shop stocks at a good price compared with the other makes available. Size-wise the bricks look more like TT than N ones, but are much better than the N Slaters ones. I actually use the Slaters brick sheets, which are much less defined embossings, for roofing material !

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« Reply #82 on: June 10, 2018, 09:01:04 am »
Looks like you use the same technique as me...  watered down acrylic into the embossed mortar, or do those sheets come like that?
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« Reply #83 on: June 10, 2018, 09:25:39 am »
Looks like you use the same technique as me...  watered down acrylic into the embossed mortar, or do those sheets come like that?

Yes - Tamiya XF-55 "Deck Tan" on this one.  Have found this gives the best results compared with other ones I have tried. Some of the more "industrial" type buildings just get a wash-over of matt black, which settles into the mortar courses and looks more "grime encrusted" than any light coloured wash would do. That Tamiya colour has also been used on the "concrete" parts of the box as well.
I use enamel paints for the main brick colour - Revell 37 in this case.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #84 on: June 11, 2018, 04:51:47 pm »
Finished it all off this morning.............





I'm rather pleased with the way it has turned out.

I've cheated a bit with the rear wall as it should be covered with a variety of boxes (eg air-conditioning equipment) & various electrical connections from the photos I found on the net, but as it is going to be almost against a backscene, nobody is going to see it..........

Will most probably build another one based on the preserved Harris Tower at Harrisburg at some stage in the future for one of the, so far, unconstructed baseboards.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #85 on: July 17, 2018, 12:00:32 pm »
I've now moved on to constructing the Jeremy Corbyn  Jonathan Corwin house that was mentioned back in posting #67.

I have a couple of photos of my own, that I took in April 2012 to work from, but have been able to find pictures of the rear of the house on the internet. Nothing for the "missing" 4th side though, so that will be guesswork. Arrangement drawings have been produced, measurements being estimated from the various photos.

Front elevation was shown in the previous post, but this one shows the side arrangement....



Some cutting and assembly of parts already underway......



Some simplification of details has been made to make it a it easier to construct, as per the previous model of the John Whipple House.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #86 on: July 24, 2018, 11:17:13 am »
Starting to take shape now....



It's actually turning out to have a larger "footprint" on the layout than I originally anticipated (once I worked out the approximate dimensions), so it may end up being placed somewhere else on the layout, eventually...

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #87 on: July 24, 2018, 11:23:21 am »
Mate, I'm comparing this to the prototype photos, and it looks great.

Have you considered low relief? (maybe in American parlance, half relief?)  :beers:
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« Reply #88 on: July 24, 2018, 11:54:31 am »
Have you considered low relief? (maybe in American parlance, half relief?)  :beers:

It's supposed to fit next to the Whipple House, as shown in post #66. It will fit there, but there is less room than first imagined, once I worked out how "deep" the structure is.
It does still fit, but I may consider moving it to another position on one of the, yet to be built baseboards, if it doesn't "look right". Low relief is not an option in that position!
I have a potential replacement building - a brick built 18th Century Court House from York, Pennsylvania - lined up to take its place though, just in case I don't like it there....

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #89 on: July 30, 2018, 07:35:55 pm »
Jonathan Corwin House now completed.  Not a strictly accurate replica, but at least it captures the appearance of the original building..............





The photos are a bit "cruel" to the actual model, with the flash highlighting colour differences you cant see with the naked eye and the join between the chimney and the roof doesn't actually look that bad !

The vertical bars in the 3-part windows are certainly an improvement over the more simplified ones I used on the previous Whipple House.

 

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