B.T.S. Single-Stall Switcher Shed

B.T.S. Single-Stall Switcher Shed

Postby Arseny » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:00 am

A month ago I've got some BTS kits (thanks, Al; thanks, Richard!)
I decided to assemble locomotive shed. ( http://www.btsrr.com/bts7502.htm )

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Every small-to-medium yard needs a place to store the switcher overnight.
This small shed was based upon a Milwaukee Road prototype and was built for small steam locos. Later the stack was moved to the middle of the shed when diesels came along.
(I decided to assemble "diesel" version).

This kit consists of laser-cut basswood, plywood, and cardstock, tarpaper roofing, and metal castings.
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Re: B.T.S. Single-Stall Switcher Shed

Postby Arseny » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:43 am

Some photos of assembling process
I used ordinary wood yellow glue for this work.

I painted the walls by "Brown Copper" color (RAL 8004), usual acrylic paint from DIY shop. I airbrushed it by spray can.
You are to put all painted parts under the flat load overnight to avoid warping. Also I painted both sides.

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I painted corner trim details white, by usual acrylic paint for art painters, using tiny thin brush.

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I stained the floor and floor joists by "oak" stain.
You are to be very accurate when assembling the floor to fit the "box" of walls when you put it on the top later.

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Windows were the most complicated for me. Every window consists of 7 details (including 2 "glass" made of thin clear styrene). One window sash is to be inserted from inside, another one - from outside. So you are to cut the styrene very carefully!
But from the other side you can model the closed window, or you can decide to model the opened one!
And then add casing, and sill, and header...

And now the roof. To imitate tar paper, according to the manual, I used 8-mm strips of black paper, overlapping them by 1 mm.
I painted the stack dark grey.

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As concerns main door, I kitbashed it a little. According to the manual, the door leaves should be fixed hard and inflexibly.
But I didn't like it. I used 0.4-mm brass wire from needlework shop, and made 3 hooks for each side. As for door-posts, I made small hinges wrapping the brass wire around the tail of paper clip.
Then I drilled a small hole in the door post by 0.8-mm drill bit (by hand!! no any powered or even manual instruments!)
Then I put "tails" of these hinges in the holes, and dropped a very small amount of liquid super-glue (cyanoacrylate-based) from inside, by toothpick.
Now I can close my doors, or open them, or open them by half, as I like!

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Re: B.T.S. Single-Stall Switcher Shed

Postby areibel » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:25 am

Nice Job Arseny!
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Re: B.T.S. Single-Stall Switcher Shed

Postby LVG1 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:22 am

Arseny wrote:To imitate tar paper, according to the manual, I used 8-mm strips of black paper, overlapping them by 1 mm.

At the model railroad club, we use very fine (and usually dark grey or black) sandpaper and paint it black with relatively thin paint.
Have you ever tried this?
We are very pleased with the results.
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Re: B.T.S. Single-Stall Switcher Shed

Postby Arseny » Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:46 am

Interesting idea. No, I didn't ever tried sand paper for roof...
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Re: B.T.S. Single-Stall Switcher Shed

Postby Rob M » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:48 pm

Excellent presentation Arseny, Thanks!
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