#NMRAContest Final Entry

As I posted previously I have entered the NMRA’s online social media contest. Each entrant was to procure and build the same kit. There were no limitations placed on what the individual could do with the kit. Following is my entry.

Dannen_1
This is the basic kit as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The kit is Dannen Feeds from Railroad Kits (http://www.railroadkits.com/)

 

A few prototype pictures that were the inspiration for the build.

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Build1These are the basic components of the kit. Along with these are some pieces of stripwood for trim and internal bracing.

 

Build2
These are the plastic doors and windows ready for primer and paint.

 

Build3
The basic structure with bracing and the interior painted black to prevent light leakage. Yes, we are going to light the structure.

 

Build4
This is the first modification. I built a 4 scale foot high foundation from strip wood and sheet basswood. Basswood is harder than balsa, with a finer grain. It glues well and takes paint beautifully.

 

Build5
Looking up to the roof from the bottom we see the lighting. I have used 2 SMD LEDs for lighting. I plan a 12volt source so the resistors are there to drop the current to a usable amount for the LEDs.

 

Build6
I also plan exterior lighting and these wires will accomplish that. Just sticking out the opening right now. According to the kit, this opening is for a loading door with a beam above. I am not modelling that on my structure so I have filled in the square hole for the beam and made the opening a little larger to take a Campbell Scale Models window.

 

Build7
Here are the windows and door painted with panes of “glass” added. This effect can be achieved with any thick white glue that dries clear. I have used Microscale Kristal Klear here. The window with 12 panes is the Campbell window that I added. I trimmed off the ears that are on these windows and it matches the style of the others pretty well.

 

Build8
Here is the foundation added. To get the concrete block effect I used a program from Evan’s Designs called Model Builder. It is printed in colour on matte photo paper.

 

Build9
The next modification and reason for the foundation is the addition of a loading dock. The supports are scale 6×6 and the beams are 6×10. Braces are scale 2x6s and the decking is 2x10s.

 

Build10
Same sized wood used for the loading dock ramp.

 

Build11
Here is the underside of the completed loading dock showing the bracing.

 

Build12
Completed dock, topside.

 

Build13
Attached to the foundation.

 

Build14
Opposite the ramp I wanted steps. I used scale 2x12s for the stringers, just as you would in real life. I printed a paper template (on the left) and used that and a brand new razor blade to cut out the steps. I had to make several until I got three that didn’t break or were otherwise unusable.

 

Build17
Underside of completed steps.

 

Build18
Top of steps.

 

Build19
And with a dime to provide an idea of the size of them. There are 18 individual pieces of wood in this. Railings are made from scale 2x4s.

 

Build20
Here I have started the loading dock roof. The front beams are 6×6 and the stringers are 2×6.

 

Build21
Here’s everything lit up. LEDs are mounted on short pieces of 2×6. The LEDs run very cool so no fear of heat issues.

 

Build22
The rafters are also 2x6s individually glued on.

 

Build24
On the left is a pallet that came with the kit, cast in plastic. On the right is one I scratch-built from 2x4s and 1x4s.

 

Build26
Pallet with a dime for scale.

 

Finish1
The completed building with signs. I took my inspiration for the signs from prototype pictures of Sure Gain Feeds ‘n’ Needs stores in the Maritimes.

 

Finish2
Side of building showing the steps.

 

Finish3
Close up detail of the steps.

 

Finish4
Rear of building.

 

Finish5
Ramp side of building.

 

Finish6
A shot from the bottom, showing all the loading dock and stair detail and the loading dock roof detail with LEDs lit.

 

Finish7
A shot from below to show off the signage.

 

Finish8
3/4 view

 

Finish9Close up of pallet and signs.

 

 

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