The Elk Valley General Store and Office

Looking just a little run-down, but here's my O-scale Elk Valley General Store and Office in my workshop, under construction. She measures roughly 6"x 9"x 10" long and was built mostly from basswood. Later I will add some typing paper, pre-painted with antique silver to the roof of the false front to simulate metal flashing.

 The Elk Valley General Store under construction
Front view of the Elk Valley General Store under construction.

The roofing over the front verandah was fabricated from a basswood frame, card stock and air brushed typing paper pieces which were later brushed with black weathering chalk. The verandah itself was made from basswood strips, painted and later lightly sanded to represent wear and tear.

Time-wise, the main roof took the longest to construct. The rafters were made from scale 2x4's with their ends cut at 45 degree angles and weathered with my medium black shoe dye and alcohol mix. Note the prototypical "ladder" at the end to support the roof overhang. For the ridge pole at the roof peak, I used a scale 2x12, 32 scale feet long. I chose 12" stock so that I could carve a subtle sag in the roof. The carved 2x12 is supposed to represent pieces of 1x6" material that would have been toe-nailed together to make a single piece that was 32' long.

The roofing material is 1x12" HO-scale basswood (roughly 1/2" x 6" in O-scale) and was scraped lengthwise to make the pieces appear as hand-split cedar shakes (shingles are sawn). They were then stained with various shades of my alcohol / shoe dye mix and then cut into roughly 1,600 individual shakes (about 60 shakes per row) with a Northwest Short Line chopper tool. It took 7 packs of Mt. Albert scale lumber to provide me with enough material for the shakes. Later, I will use weathering chalks on the shakes to reduce the colour variation a little.

 The Elk Valley General Store under construction
Side view of the Elk Valley General Store under construction.

The walls were cut from Mt. Albert milled basswood siding and painted, detailed and weathered before the 4 walls were glued together. I needed to brace the wall sections in a very rigid manner because they warped badly after painting them with Polly S acrylic paints. For some unknown reason, even though I painted the walls on both sides, they still warped. Interestingly enough, I have never experienced this when using the solvent based Floquil paints - even when I have only painted one side of the wall…

Since the Elk Valley Lumber Co. (EVLC) layout is not yet built, I built a simple base for the Merchandise building so that I could display it. Once I have the yard section of the EVLC L-girder under frame completed, I can "plant" the building including the base right onto it.

The walls were weathered with a dry brushing technique. I also used weathering chalks to represent a "run down" look. The basswood siding was detailed with a sharp X-Acto knife to show the siding joins and a dress makers pin held in a spare X-Acto handle for the nail holes. I used Polly S "oxide red" paint on all the holes to represent rust.

The windows and doors are Grandt Line detail parts and were glazed with clear styrene. The paper blinds were added later.

Once the wall sections were complete, I glued them together and added strip styrene to represent the foundation.

More coming later...

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Last updated: March 2009