Saturday, August 31, 2019


After a long break for late spring activities--the Promontory Sesquicentennial and WOOPS--I returned to model building.  I continue to build the structures for company villages along the line. Previous efforts included the train order stations and the operator houses.  
My attention turned next to the section gang bunkhouses.  Nominally set up for "four families," a pair of these structures provided housing for the section gang at each station along the line.

As with other structures in this series, I am using kits created by Bruce Barney of ALW Lines.
These are laser-cut kits with tabbed primary construction and peel-and-stick trim.  The separate trim feature makes easy work of painting the trim color.  

One of the more tedious jobs for my early-production versions of these kits is applying the roof shingles.  As designed, these are peel-and-stick shingle strips.  Applying these to the roofs is made easier by the alignment lines laser-scribed onto the roofs.  Still, the job is tedious, with 25 shingle rows required for each roof half. With my older kits, I find it best to apply a coat of contact cement to the roof before using the peel-and-stick shingles.  The combination of adhesives ensures these shingles will stay down.  Fortunately, Bruce changed the kits in later production to provide laser-cut embossed plastic shingle sections, but the current building set had the old version.

Roof shingling underway.

Bunkhouses complete.

Once the shingles were applied, it was relatively straight-forward to paint the roofs, touch up paint, and install the chimneys.  Then it was out to the layout for my developing station villages at Cascade Summit and Cruzatte.

Cascade Summit bunkhouses.

Cruzatte bunkhouses.

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