1925 Indian gasolins station diorama

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http://public.fotki.com/misterNNL/

O.K.guys,after much help from friends,here is my fotki photo(53 photos with captions)detailing my Indian gas station diorama build.

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That is an awesome build, Tom. Great job.

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Fine job ! It looks great !

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Very nice work!!!

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Thanks for the kind words.This is the first building I have ever built so it was all new territory with the necessary skills and techniques for me.

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This morning, Fotki says the pages are unavailable because they can't process them.

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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.

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Wow great build, thanks for showing us

Wayne

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That is some pretty nice work there! I like the stucco finish and the weathering is great too!

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Real nice work. You make it look so easy.

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Very nice, awesome job on this project.

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That is so impressive! I assume you have an architectural background to have prepared those plans? And built from cardboard.... wow!

My hat's off to you....

Tony

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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.

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Welcome back to the hobby. Obvious this is an old dog who still has a few tricks up his sleeve! I'm posting the final picture from your Fotki account so everyone can easily appreciate what a fine job you've done with this diorama. The scale, texture and detail capture your inspiration photo beautifully and the result is "really real" looking. Bravo!

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really cool ! love it

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Awesome, very nice job.

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That is really nice! Great workmanship! You've captured a piece of history perfectly! Good work!

Sam

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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 remembe that only the mocked up tation was made from cardboard.The final building is built from plywood,basswood,Plastic(trim)and sandpaper(shingles).Thanks for asking.

You guys would never believe that Tom wasn't an architect - his drawings for this project sure looked like professionally drafted blueprints to me! TIM

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Tom, how did you determine the colors for the Indian station ? I've sent P-M's . You obviously didn't see them ...............

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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.

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ed....how would I find and read your PMs?I just realized that others may have done the same thing a wonder why I haven't answered.

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Tom, on M C M , look up at the top bar . Theres a picture of an envelope . If you have a P- M , there should be a Red Number next to it . On Scrap Auto, look over to the right and the word "Messages should be a different color if you have mail.

O K , with all that said , how did you determine the Maroon color for the Bowser Pumps . I'm told by author Wayne Henderson they were a very Dark Orange . Since Indian had so few retail outlets , I'm skeptical . Look, go to my profile , I have my personal e-mail available . I'm wanting to eventually do another service station diorama and an Indian station might be something of future interest . People here will tell you though , I'm very much a stickler for historical accuracy though . You can also find me at Primariarily petrolinia @ oldgas.com too

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Excellent work

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nice paint detail. looks real!

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Tom - I went through every photo on your Fotki site and I have to say - you NAILED it. Impressive craftsmanship and wonderful experimentation. I would like to know more about the gas pump ornaments you used. Who makes them?

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