- Kit-bash an old, unused, and unloved Model Power/Pola building facade
- Scratch-build the sidewalk cafe section with clear acrylic
- Create an awning from paper (printed on my printer)
- Add lighting, etc....
One of the buildings I've wanted to try and create for my city was one of those type of cafe's that extend out onto the sidewalk. They are most often associated with cafe's in Paris, but you can find them in major cities. The photo below shows the victim on the right and the real cafe I followed for this idea:
RDC ('rail diesel cars'). For the SNCF, these classes are called 'autorails'. According to Wikipedia, this class was developed jointly with the DB and have been in operation since 2000. I was initially unclear on the distinction from the identical X73500 and X73900 versions, and discovered that the X73900 (the version I have) is designed for cross border transport.
Where Arnold did a very nice job was in the decoration. Obviously, we've come to expect crisp and sharp printing, but I am still a little amazed each time I get up real close and see to what can be achieved these days. Very nice!
Mikado train). My version is the livery of the local rail authority for the Alsace -Lorraine region - which is not only strikingly colorful, but is also the home of some nice memories from my visit to Mulhouse and the Cite du Train museum last year!
All in all, a nice model!
Martel warehouse) it turned into a fairly convincing N scale building. I don't know what this building is, or what it could be. Some sort of temple, church or something? Whatever it is, its a good urban facade that is unusual and will look really nice I think.
kit-bashed/scratch-built Arnold structure.
I do have to say, facades are a lot of fun. I think I enjoy focusing energy on just the 'faces' and not having to put a lot of thought or effort into the 'rest of the building'!
One other thing that I did that was different was my painting technique for the three Artitec buildings (most noticeable on the 'temple' building as well as the 5 story facade). I tried I technique I read (or looked at) in the French model train magazine "Loco Review" (no, I can't read French, but the photos are pretty good - plus some of the words can be looked up or are easily translatable to English!).
Anyway, the technique is to paint the buildings in all black paint (spray can is fine - similar in a way to how Games Workshop / Warhammer painting is recommended), and then spray over the black with an air brush. Because I'm lazy, I usually prefer spray cans to the air brush (cleaning and all that!) but I have to say the little bit of extra effort to use the air brush (and the nice pallette of paints available) really makes the details pop and the black under-coat really gives a natural texture to the surface that the rather crude coverage of a spray can can't match.
Hopefully in my next post I'll have things lit up and shining on the layout!
I've expressed my enthusiasm for the old Arnold Universal Structure kits - which are increasingly hard to find - in the past. Last winter, a friend on one of the N Scale forums shared a tip about about a pretty rough-looking, completed version of one of these Arnold kits. Well, it was definitely in rough shape, but I won it for a some pretty small change so it could turn out to be a fairly interesting deconstruction project.
On that note....How do you take these old kits apart? Carefully, slowly, and with lots of luck! Mostly your hoping that the original builder used poor glue for plastic and didn't do a solid job of applying it. Even then, you still wind up with pieces that can't be saved and wind up in the trash.
After all the pieces are pried, scraped, or cut apart, its then down to sanding and cleaning them up, and applying a new primer coat of paint.
Fortunately these leftover bits of the above structure are now finding a new life in a kit bash structure I've started work on. The concept here is that I need a really shallow backdrop building, that can also be used on a corner. The Arnold bits served as inspiration for a modern office building with some ground floor retail.
The upper stories will actually extend over the sidewalk / ground floor a bit as the most narrow Arnold sections I used for the 'skinny' side are still a bit too long for the rest of the backdrop, but I think it will turn out okay. If that last comment didn't make any sense, it should be clear on my next post on the rest of the backdrop buildings!
That's it for now...got quite a few layout things in the hopper (hey! Its Fall! That's modelling time again!) so I need to get back to work!
Thanks for reading!