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"Making a Barn Scale Model From Scratch"

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#21 crazyrichard

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:24 AM

whell i dont have to order yet :) i was picking up a container and the guy asked if i wanted a cup of coffee , so they had wooden stirers and i started small talk about the fact i just looked up those stirers to buy them for modelbuilding , when the guy said whell take this bag full of .. i recon its about 1000 pieces .... i said are you sure ?? yeah we have loads more he said ..
so for now i'm stocked .. when i run out i wil def/ order 10.000 so in the coming years i wont have to worry about running out haha

and walter > thats what this hobby is about right ? being enthousiastic about other builders work and idea's , get inspired by others and share your own idea's to inspire others :)

at least thats what this particualair forum did for me , in the short time i'm here i noticed i got so much inspiration from the awsome stuff i see ..

lets say its a classic case of monkey see monkey do :)

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:58 PM

Hey Walter. I used craft sticks for the siding and lantana wood for the post and beams. Some shaving of the sticks and splintering the wood gave it a more realistic look. And of course some aging with dyes etc. Type in   "Old barn with 30 Packard" in the search window and you can see what I did.  Stir sticks,bass wood,craft sticks...all will work. Whatever you have just give it a try. Good luck !



#23 wmobie

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:54 AM

Thanks again for all your help. I visited my LHS and while looking at the bits and pieces section and there it was, most of the wood I will need, just like at least one of you mentioned. Along with coffee stirrers, what about paint stirrers? Combined with the coffee stirrers and split in two, could they be an answer for a board and batten type of siding?

 

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:14 AM

yes i use paint stirrers also usually as a base so i have something steady and thick to work on :)

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:11 AM

Walt, what is the scale you are working on?
Do you have a scale ruler?

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:15 AM

Hey guys, while you're talking about the wood you want to use, How about a couple of sugestions for staining.  Soy sauce and India ink have both been sugested in the model magazines.  Test and play around with them. If the color isn't dark enough, dip them again. Just thought I'd pass that along. 

 



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:17 AM

Hmm...good idea for staining. Im going to build a fence on one side of the diorama im building and i could use this idea!



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:34 AM

Walt.I have also looked at that barn book.I have a coulpe questions also.When you order the plans do you specify what scale you need and then you only get that set of plans or do you get them in all of the scales they offer?What scale are you building in?This part of Ohio has a lot of very old barns still standing that were built over 100 years ago so there is a lot of readily accessible reference buildings available to photograph and measure.No substitute for accurate examples to refer to.
I would think a 1/25th scale barn is going to be a BIG project and would require a lot of materials.If you cecide to use basswood please remember that Hobby Lobby offers a 40% discount coupon on line every week if you just sign up for it.That way you can plan ahead and buy the stuff you need at a reduced price.Not a bad deal.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:10 AM

For staining, I've bought the smallest cans of Minwax brand stains (lighter colors) at Home Depot.  Open the can but do not stir the contents. The light stuff at the top is good for staining basswood. 

 

That's how I did this one...

 

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:49 AM

Walt,any pictures available on the progress of this project?If so please post them as I'm anxious to see how it's looking.Thanks!



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:48 AM

   Due  to illness I work very slowly pictures are not out of the question, but I am still in the planning stages. Many winters to go.

      The book contains  " digital ready-to-print plans on scales: 1:5-1:6 -1:8-1:0-1:12-1:16-1:18-1:25-1:32-1:43-1:64-1:87"

this book, and all the books from Sebastian and Ignacio Perez, is quite complete. Book contains full scale drawings for1/25 1/32 1/43 1/64 and 1/87 plans, and more info for other scales in book and on web. Well worth the price of admission. Check out their web site @ MODELJUNKYARD.COM Again thanks to all who have offered suggestions and ideas

 

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 07:05 AM

Although you've gotten some great suggestions for what to build your structure with, you've only gotten a few responses to your original inquiry. If you have a home center near you, they usually have 1/4 sheets of plywood in various thicknesses. A quarter of an inch would be to thin but something a little thicker would work well. You can always use wooden strips on the edge to finish it off.

 

Good luck and post your progress.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 09:52 AM

Hello all, many thanks for all your terrific responses. Health issues and and the impending marriage of my youngest son have slowed me down but I plan to start later this year. Stay tuned

Walt O'Brien

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We may be little (pop. 500,000ish) but we're fiesty.