Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Something old, something new..."

... Something borrowed, something blue. As the saying goes, I think I have that covered with this kitbash of one of the more iconic plastic structure kits of days gone by. Marketed under the Revel and AHM labels during my impressionable years, the Superior Bakery/Weekly Herald/Operating Engine House has always featured some of the best brick detailing ever to grace a model layout.

I have stashed away several new, untouched kits, as well as some previously kitbashed versions from my teenage years. For the most part, I abhor producing structures per the kit instructions, but I did want to take advantage of the quality of these kits. The prototype structures that I need to build don't necessarily mimic these details, so I decided that I could at least produce something that would serve as a nice background, non-rail-served industry.

Nicely detailed aged brick is a hallmark of these kits. So sad that today's mass producers (I'm looking at you Walther's) roll out the masonry walls that they do. Note that two joints are visible here, but when  painted ultimately blend in very well.
Some clean-up work was required to salvage some old pieces. Regrettably then, but thankfully now, it seems that I was partial to Goo back in the day.
The new blue and yellow walls join the middle reclaimed section, plus a couple of end walls to form a background structure that measures just about 3" x 22". 
End walls were made from both a new kit and a previously used one. They were  joined with the central portion of the original gable ends so they could be cut to form a parapet. The building footprint was cut from a sheet of .060 styrene and served to help erect the walls at 90 degrees and help pull the front wall assembly together.
Gator Board was used as a back wall and interior bracing for it's rigidity and stability. I'm not sure what adhesive is best to merge the styrene with the Gator Board, but I'm thinking Super Z RC-56, otherwise known as canopy glue. Thoughts anyone?... please!
Some .060 styrene was used to fabricate the roof and now a decision needs to be reached about its final topping. Since several of my other industrial structures have metal roofs (standing seam or corrugated) it would appear that it's between shingles or tar paper. Shingles could look great, but that's a lot of shingles! Again, thoughts anyone?

The walls dress up pretty nice with a coat of a very dull auto primer and await some weathering. The roof will probably end up with a long clerestory or billboard-type signage to enhance its verticality. Window frames will be decided down the road once the structure's location and ultimate purpose is decided upon.
So, what about the "something borrowed" part? Well this idea had rattled around in my head for a few years. I had always been intrigued with a little structure that I saw on Kip Grant's layout and a larger one on Tony Koester's. Turns out Kip had built a cut-down version of Walther's Leviathan Manufacturing, while Tony doubled it up. 

I liked the rhythm that the windows and brickwork created. And the modest depth is perfect for a shelf layout. So I improvised using parts of a model that I always loved to get something similar to one I admire now.  Kip and Tony's finished work is pictured below. My finished photos are still to come.



  1. Yes to the canopy glue. I have not worked with Gator Board, but I understand canopy glue seems to have the universal properties that were once attributed to Goo, but without the nasty side effects.

    For the roof, rolled felt roofing, aka tar paper or standing seam metal. I imagine the more prosperous company would choose the metal roof while the more thrifty outfit would go with the cheaper rolled roofing. If you go with the rolled roofing I suggest that dull green color would look smart.

    Glad to see you posting again.


    1. Good to hear from you Galen... I'm leaning toward your advice on the rolled roofing in green... gotta go with the thrifty look here, especially since a number of other industrial kitbashes I'm doing are with metal roofs... I still refer back to your MRH thread on your kitbashes... how about some more?

  2. I never had one of these kits, myself, but have always thought the brickwork was terrific in the walls....ahead of their time. I just wish more manufacturers had similar brick walls.


    1. Chuck - I'm but one simple man, but you, you are a mover and a shaker in this hobby... Division President, published author, MMR candidate... you, and you alone can change manufacturers insistence upon producing perfect, monotonous masonry walls... make it happen capt'n, one brick at a time!

  3. Hi Jim:
    Nice job...I have a lot of those wall sections also. Maybe I should be doing something with them...George