I recently picked up a Downtown Deco Fallberg Station in HO-scale. It's an old kit that I believe is available from Dr. Ben's under the name Short Line Station http://www.debenllc.com/servlet/the-...e-Stone/Detail
I painted the stone first. I started out with an empty paint bottle and kept adding different colors as I went along to increase the randomness of the colors of the different stones. The mortar is drywall patch material from the hardware store. It's an awesome trick that works well. I decided that I'd better paint the inside because the windows are large and interior would be visible. I used Testors Radome Tan for the inside.
I took a flat piece of balsa along with beam-like pieces of balsa and stained them. The flat piece I used for the floor. The beams are visible in the photo.
The kit called for and provided a corrugated aluminum roof. I decided that anyone that would put this much time and effort into building a really nice (although small) stone building would put a better roof on it. A little research revealed that several companies produce sheet metal roofing material. Unfortunately, my local hobby shop didn't have any and I didn't want to order it. So, I took some thick sheet plastic, cut it to what I thought would look good and added thin strips to make it look like sheet metal. I chose Testors Flat Beret Green because I am modeling the Rutland Railroad, who's colors were green and gold. The small piece of plastic with the hole is the ceiling.
I had issues with the front door and the fact that there was no porch to provide protection from the elements. That is, until I dropped my daughter off at daycare one day. I noticed this and decided to incorporate it into the roof redesign. I'm still not sure exactly how I'm going to finish it.
I used some masking tape to test fit the roof. I had some issues yesterday with finding the right color LED to light the building. I decided on a regular old wheat lamp, even though I haven't tried it yet. Once I get that worked out, I'll feed the wire through a stove pipe. Once that is finished, I'll work on the roof flashings and put in place a more permanent fix for the roof peak. I need to wash the windows...
I plan on setting this up as a diorama that I can incorporate it into a layout at some point down the road. This is my first thought for the arrangement. The concrete color didn't turn out as I had envisioned. I was looking for dry concrete, not wet. So I will repaint this when I can.
Thoughts, suggestions, etc. welcome!