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Kit Building / Re: Builders in Scale Getz Gas
« on: Today at 08:07:28 AM »
Good morning everyone.

Small update today..

I added the roof cards.

These supports are a neat little detail.

I started adding the tarpaper.

Tarpaper is installed.

I painted over the paper with dark red, added some weathering washes and it really came out terrible. This definitely wasn't going to work.

I pulled the roof cards off and threw them away.

I remade the roof cards with some chipboard.

This time I went with the standard gray. I use Apple Barrel Pavement.

After some light dry-brushing.

I weathered and cut out the main sign for the roof.

I built a frame out of 2x4s and added the sign to the main roof.

I placed the structure on the base it will go to get a feel for how it will tie together. The diner is from FSM Roadside Delights. I built it a few years ago.

Thanks for checking in.

Next step is adding some concrete under the building and diner. After that I can start detailing.

Kit Building / Re: FOS Green Cab Company--Finished Structure
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:49:38 PM »
Very nice work George!

Kit Building / Re: Builders in Scale Pitkin City Hall
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:42:49 PM »
Thanks everyone

Kit Building / Builders in Scale Getz Gas
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:16:04 PM »
Hello everyone

Next in line is Builders in Scale Getz Gas. I enjoyed building Pitkin City Hall so much I decided to build another BIS kit. This will sit in the foreground area on the layout in front of city hall.

First step was sorting the castings. As with the Pitkin City Hall kit the castings are all excellent. Very little flash and very little cleanup. I sorted everything either wood or metal. Wood will get a Khaki colored primer and the metal will be blackened.

All the wood components laid out.

I roughed up the siding with a wire brush and gave it a base color of A&I.

These cast pieces will represent the legs for the decking.

The decking consists of this piece of scribed siding.

I cut the decking down into 3 sections for the 3 individual docks.

This is the decking template. All the BIS kits I have include these excellent blueprint type templates.

This is the skirting that does around the base of the building.

I stained the decking material and used double sided tape to attach it to the template face down.

I glued the skirting to the bottom of the decking first. I used a piece of wood to keep the skirting at a 90 degree angle. I painted the skirting with Apple Barrel Tuscan Teal. That's the color I will be using for all the trim. Next I glued the joists and then finally the metal supports.

Same with this little dock.

The walls are painted Apple Barrel Granite Gray. I coated them in Mineral Spirits before I painted this coat on.

I used a wire brush to pull up the paint. The thinner keeps the paint from really adhering to the wall so this technique works well.

Same thing with the rest of the walls.

The rest of the skirting is a tiny bit taller than the skirting that goes under the decking. It all gets glued to the bottom "floor".

Here it is with all the loading docks and skirting attached.

The loading dock doors are built from scribed siding. I primed with A&I, colored with Granite Gray and weathered with another coat of A&I.

These are the door handles. I bent then with a small pair of needle nose pliers.

Here they are installed in the door.

All 4 doors are done.

I painted all the doors, windows and added the trim pieces.

The walls were weathered with A&I.

Added some signage.

I started to glue the walls together.

All the walls are together and I tried to make sure all the corners were true.

I glued the walls onto the first floor assembly.

Thanks for checking in. Next step is the roofing and some details.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Foss Landing
« on: August 05, 2019, 06:27:44 PM »
Lynn I did a build thread a few years ago but I had bought the kit on Ebay and it was missing both boats and the boat under repair.

Here is a link to the thread

Let me know if I can help out with any questions about the kit minus the boats of course.

Kit Building / Re: Builders in Scale Pitkin City Hall
« on: August 05, 2019, 02:05:56 PM »
Thanks everyone!

I wish I could take credit for deciding to build it into a hillside but it's the way this particular kit is designed.

The rear is designed to side 1 1/2" higher.

Loren, I used the BEST shake shingles for this one based on one of your builds. I think it was a copy of FSM freight depot you had done. I liked it so much I bought a few packs of the shingles. They work well and the self-adhesive doesn't come off if you weather with alcohol or solvent.

Kit Building / Builders in Scale Pitkin City Hall
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:41:08 AM »
Good morning everyone,

I just finished up building Builders in Scale Pitkin City Hall. Here are some photos of the completed kit.

This whole scene will be removable from the layout to allow access to the rear track. This is how it fits into the scene. I'm still working out the front area but I have the diner from FSM Roadside Delights and maybe another small building that I may use in front of the road. I'm not really thinking of this area as an access hatch but more something I can remove if I really need to with minimal damage. Obviously this picture was taken while the ground cover was still wet and most of the details hadn't been added.

This was my first kit I've built from Builders in Scale. I always thought of them as something similar to Campbells or one of the other older kit manufacturers but they are really closer to Fine Scale Miniatures in quality of components and kit design. The castings were all excellent and all the parts fit together very well. I'm not sure why I overlooked them for so long. Most of the kits can be picked up for a good price on Ebay too.

I already picked up BIS Weiry and Sons and Getz Gas to build for the layout. Getz Gas might fit in front here next to the diner.

I have more step by step of this build on my website at

Thanks for checking in. I'm going to start Getz Gas today. It looks like a easy quick kit to build.


Kit Building / Re: RailroadKits Firehouse
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:53:47 PM »
Thanks everyone for the positive feedback!

Kit Building / Re: RailroadKits Firehouse
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:55:59 AM »
Thanks Jim!

I purchased this and the drug store at the Scranton expo. I understand Jimmy is no longer making the hydrocal kits but Foscale owns them now? If that's the case maybe this one will become available again soon. I've only built the 2 kits but the detail in the castings were excellent. The cleanest hydrocal castings I've run into.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / My Website
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:49:27 AM »
Hello everyone.

I started to put together a website with all my different builds and projects from the various forums. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I still have lots to add.

Kit Building / RailroadKits Firehouse
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:11:19 AM »
Hello everyone.

I just finished RailroadKits Firehouse. Pretty straightforward hydrocal kit. I ran into a few issues mainly the bell tower got broken off and I had to fabricate my own. I used pinking shears to make the roof shingles.

Thanks for checking in.


Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills The Gravely Building
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:30:58 AM »
Thanks everyone!

Kit Building / Bar Mills The Gravely Building
« on: May 16, 2019, 02:41:02 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I just got finished a quick build up of The Gravely Building by Bar Mills. It will be part of a group of storefronts for an area of the layout. It was an easy and pretty quick build, overall a nice kit.

Here are a few photos.

Thanks for taking a look.


Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Gibley's Furniture Co
« on: May 10, 2019, 10:47:49 AM »
Thanks Bob and Steve

Kit Building / Re: Sierra West Logging Camp:
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:32:19 PM »
Looks great Karl. The outside plumbing is one of my favorite details.


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