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 Posted: Wed Jan 14th, 2009 04:48 pm
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I guess the scratchbuilding bug has bitten me again (Thanks Perry)! I need something to do between soldering wires! :mutley

This is going on the Proctor Farm, in the back corner to the right of the clock, on my layout, if anyone can remember it. The Silo, Barn, Outhouse, Milk House, and Wood Shed have already been built, so I guess it's time to start the house. I waited to do this one because of it's complexity. Hopefully I have learned enough on this forum to manage it. Time will tell!

This farm house was originally built back in the late 1800's and has undergone many alterations. Yours truly (me) helped to completely update the house back in the mid ninety's. The entire interior and exterior was re-done.

Here is the prototype, I have included four pictures, one from each side.
East View

South View

North View

West View

And the beginning of the model

The upside down view!

Now with the top floor setting in place.

A view from the North


All of my other models were built from the outside in, this one will be done from the inside out. I had a good reason for doing it that way, but I just can't remember it. :twisted:

The window and door openings are cut a bit too large so that they will not interfere with the actual window/door, once they are installed in the exterior siding.

Well, there you have it! Here we go again, I'm hoping the ride isn't too bumpy! :pedal

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Looking forward to watching Wayne i have followed all your scratchbuilds which have always been great as i always follow Perrys.

This way Perry can have a scratchbuild rest while we all follow yours

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Looking forward to watching this project grow, at the same time learning. great start to the model, of what looks like a really nice farmhouse.

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Wayne,
         Looking good so far.Its a nice house to model,and all these scratchbuilt buildings will give your layout a real individual feel.
         We'll all be keeping tabs on this one!

Cheers,John.B.;-)

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Eyes down look in another great scratchbuild on its way. Looking forward to this.

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Finally had time to sit down and do some more modeling. Started working on the upstairs at the West end of the house. The rectangular tubing under the floor acts as an alignment beam to locate the upper floor into the lower structure. There's more than this one, but you can't see them in the pictures, they also help keep the upper floor flat.



We won't talk about the mistakes (window cutout), it really doesn't hurt anything because these are just clearance holes anyway.


A view from the backyard.


Now starting the upstairs on the east end of the house. In this picture (Perry) you can see why I was asking questions about how you did your dormers.


The sun was shining brightly in the window when I took this picture. It's hard to see because of all that bright light. It's fairly cold outside for Florida right now so I won't complain too loud!



This one you can see a little bit better. It's just sitting there right now. I will have to figure out how to align everything up so it goes back in the same spot every time.


I want to put lights in this house, so I will have to cut holes in the upstairs floor for the light to find it's way up there. Not really sure how I'm going to do the lights as yet, so you will all have to stay tuned to see how I can mess it all up. :mutley

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Looking good, I wish I could build something like your are building, it looks very good, I am sure that you can sort out the lighting when you get to it, but if you work out where you are going to have all the lights even the outside ones, it might be better to make the holes now, whilst the building is still undetailed.

If you need any help with the lighting, just ask.

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Rather than running wires inside the house consider using the adhesive backed copper strip you can stick it where you want solder to it then paint over the top when finished and it cant really be noticed.

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Brian has raised a good point here, by putting two strips in each building, this makes it easy to wire each led, and then you aonly have to take two wires to the main bus, which means that each building has it's own wiring system.

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This is going to be a very nice model when it's finished Wayne, with a roof which looks complicated but probably isn't (if you know what i mean).

 

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I'm glad the 'Scratchbuilding Bug' is gnawing at your ankles instead of mine for a change, Wayne. :cool wink

This is a delightfully complex-looking building and you are making terrific progress.

Did you make a card mock-up or two first? I suspect not, bearing in mind that you bravely confessed to a slight error in a window opening. Things like that are one of the main reasons I like to make card mock-ups; they help to show up these unforseen little problems before pristine plastikard is committed to the job.

The stock you are using looks pretty thick. Is it .060" by any chance? If so, it's heavy stuff to work accurately but it looks as though you have it mastered.

This is becoming another cracking build. I'm watching it with great interest.

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That's a pretty challenging project, Wayne. I'll be watching with much interest.



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Thanks Everyone, I may just take you up on the help with the wiring! I will have to begin looking for these copper strips.

It's too late to post pictures on what I have done today, but I will get them posted soon. I have been working on the interior of the dormers.

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A little progress has been made the last day or two. I worked on building the interior dormers. Now I know that most of this won't be seen, but the prototype has no curtains on the windows and at night you can see in like no tomorrow. So I figured that if I light it up nice and bright then just maybe you could see in enough to notice the slopes of the roof line inside. Anyway, it's my model and you know the rest of that story! So here they are.



I decided I'd better get going on the chimney before I get it to the point where it wouldn't go in. So have a look at the new chimney.


Two more pictures with slightly different views.




The chimney is just sitting there loose, I will have to install the exterior clapboard siding before it can be bonded in place. The lower level chimney is bonded in but, as you can see, without the brick overlay.

So far so good, I will be studying the drawing so as not to miss something important, while I go helter skelter towards the finish line. :cool wink

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Wayne, what a challenge, that complex roof layout is going to keep you busy.
Looking good so far and watching with interest.
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Agree with Marty

A really great build, and I am looking forward to every post.

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My goodness Wayne, I have just caught up with this thread having been away for a bit.  A most complex build and as always you approach it in your very thorough fashion. It is looking very good so far.

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Thanks for the comments everyone. Yes, this is a very interesting build. If I get this done as I see it in my minds eye, I will be very happy. If this one comes out good I will feel as though I could build anything.

I worked on the roof some today, but got interrupted with something else, maybe I can post something tomorrow. It is supposed to be very cold here during the next two days, so I will just stay inside and build!

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Wayne these wire strips others are talking about apparently are the same ones
I used to wire my Doll Houses. I didn't know you soldered them. I was able to glue the wires to them.  I covered mine with 3 coats of paint and it is near impossible to see them. Also covered them with wallpaper at times.


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Work has begun on the structure for the roofs. I started on the east end of the house, really because I thought it was the hardest one to work on. I don't why I do that, but I do.
I did not take a picture of the truss on the inside, I only put in one of them, just to help keep the roof flat.


Now it's sitting back where it belong with the rest of the structure.

These are the two trusses that I cut for the west roof, each one had to be tweaked just a little bit to fit where it belongs. Probably my sloppy measuring!


The trusses are now fastened in place, and everything checked for flatness and trueness to the roof line.


I can see in this picture that I need to do a little sanding on the west peak. I just looked at the model, I can't even see that, but I can feel it.


Looks like I took this picture without even checking to see if the upstairs was assembled right. With everything all white sometimes it is hard to "SEE" it. It just kind of snaps into place, (if you take the time and do it right).


The backyard view! The "Mud Room" that attaches over that back porch hasn't even been started yet. The mud room was actually built several years ago and was obviously an add on, so I will do it the same way, add it on later.


And a view of the east side porch. I am waiting on materials for the wood deck. They have been on order now for two weeks, hopefully they will arrive before I run out of things to do.


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