Nice to have a group of folks that are intrested in the same things that I am.I am the only model builder in this little village of 1400 really great people so having the modeling world at my finger tips is great.I have always said that if I ever lose either of my index fingers my typing ability would decrease by 50 %.
I might suggest that you place the canopy at a right angle to the building.Arranged as is it tends to look like a gas station.Cars at food drive ins tend to park in arching rows like at a drive in movie theatre.Nice start.Are you going to add more canopys later?
Ed...I don't know what PM's are so I don't know wether I got them or not.As all of my refrence photos were taken well before the advent of color photography the color is all pure speculation.One small discovery was the availability of a reproduction decal on ebay that matches the Indian Gasoline logo on the main station sign out front and on the glass globes oddly mounted 14' feet in the air on top of the corner posts.Accoring to my recearch that particular logo was not used until 1924 thus giving me somewhat of a timeline for the pictures.
Of course everything in my refrence photos is varying shades of gray(40?)but there was some simarity in the gray shades of the trim and those of the company logo decal I bought so I picked a paint color close to the decal dark red and went with that.I considered blue and red as the main colors,but with the off white stucco walls I thought that might not be the best idea.
I had to remember that in this little west central Ohio village with one traffic light there has only been one living person(now in his 90's)who has ever seen this station and that was in 1950 when he helped tear it down.I asked him what colors it was painted but he could not remember.
Other helpful factors in placing a time line were the presence of electric lights.Our village did not have public power untill 1922.The other was some info that I found while trying to identify the gas pumps.One of the gas pumps restoration guys I sent photos to indentified them a Bowser C3 and C11 models which were both evidently produced in 1915.Thus the probable original build date of 1915.
Building this was a lot of fun including the research.I feel like I am helping to presrve a piece of local history by creating it.
Nope,no achitecural background at all.Only training I ever had was what was called Industrial Arts in high school that taught us(we had 5 in the class)in the mid 1950's basic skills like line drawings,etc.The rest was about wood working.Please remember that only the mocked up station was made from cardboard.The final building is built from plywood,basswood,Plastic(trim)and sandpaper(shingles).Thanks for asking.
Thanks Amanda.I appreciate the welcome and I love your avatar!Looks like carved shell of some sort.
The whole computer age has me befuddled.I think I may technophoblc if there is such a thing.I grew up in that age before TV,computers,cell phones,etc,still type with 2 fingers(when I was in high school typing class was for girls),and don't own a cell phone.Dinosaur?Maybe.Worried about it?Nope!!
One of the poeple That has very intrumental in getting me started was Tim Boyd who was even so kind as to stop at our house and sit down at our computer and write detailed step by step instructions for me to lead me by the hand through the whole fotki process.My point being that he warned me that there had been a lot of trouble with thier system losing files including about 5,000 of his.As I heard it super storm Sandy flooded fotki's HQ in new york causing them problems.Then supposedly they are moving all their stuff to a new location somewhere in europe.That has all evidently lead to additional complications and has made some files unavailable.Hopfully that situation will improve soon and everyone will be able to see what they are inrested in seeing.
I actually have thought about that brass placque thing!However since that happened we have remodeled our house and actual physical location of that event would now be in the middle of out living room floor.I brought it up but got"the look"from you know who.End of a really great idea I'm pretty sure.
I tried copying and pasting and am now getting another lovely message telling me"you must leave a post".What post?I didn't see any post!one more cyber booby trap to aviod It seems.Why does this have to be so complicated?Doesn't matter though,I'm too dumb to give up.