Step 1 – Spray paint the building.
Step 2 – Spray paint the window frames.
Painted back inner side
Step 3 – Perhaps the most intricate part of construction is the painting and mortar process. After a few hours of painting and scraping I ended up with a nice grimy look.
Step 4 – Assembly, easy enough to do as there are only 3 walls a roof. Window inserts are easy.
Step 5 – Lights were easy to install and I also added the optional ventilation shaft. The shaft was painted with metallic silver spray paint.
Step 6 – Placement for ground cover. I scratch built a loading dock for the large door on the side.
Step 7 – Ground cover! I used a Woodland Scenics fine black cinders to simulate an aged blacktop drive. I use Brennan’s Better Ballast for the track areas.
Step 8 – An ongoing process of adding details such as flowers, shrubs, overgrowth, and of course the sign.
Using the supplied billboard a frame I created my own billboard. A quick Google search provided the image of Laurel & Hardy. I used Adobe InDesign to bring all the design elements together.
The Laurel & Hardy Manufacturing Company is ready for business!
If you read about my trip to the TCA York Sprint Train Meet then you know that I bought a #707 O Scale Background Grocery Building Kit from Korber Models. I am happy to report that I have finished building the kit. While I could of used the included sign for the Wilson Grocery Company I made the kit my own by creating the Laurel & Hardy Manufacturing Company. A homage to my previous layout, the Lake Laurel & Hardyville, and to my love of the classic comedy duo. Everything turned out great so it is only a matter of time before more Korber Kits find new homes on the North Western Railroad.
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