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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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« 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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