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PHOTOS BY BILL SCHAUMBURG Kitbashing a small freight house You have to see “beyond the boxtop”/Blair S. Davies H


ow many of us have gone through the “hunter-gatherer” stage, probably early-on during our time spent in the hobby, when we just had to have every new kit that was announced? I would have to plead guilty myself. If I were to count the number of years that have passed since I acquired the Walthers Cornerstone freight station kit, I would probably run out of fingers. Follow along with me as I recall how I re-discovered this kit that I had shelved long ago. Hopefully you, too, will be inspired to look beyond the box top and see what you really were after all along. At the very least I hope you will be inspired to build something unique and share it with the rest of the modeling world.


In the beginning


When starting construction on any kit you are told to always read through the instructions, locating the correct parts, etc., before actually gluing any- thing together. I knew there were a few things in the Walthers kit that I was


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RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award........


was painted with Krylon Ruddy Brown Primer. The lower wall sections were brush painted with a mix of Polly S concrete and reefer white. For mortar I used a product by Scale


Works Models. It was a clay-like mate- rial applied with my finger. I don’t know if this product is available any longer. Today, I would use thinned craft paint. The longer I’m in this hobby, the more I learn that “cheap and easy” win out.


A minimum of $100 and a Dremel Rotary Tool Kit with a variable-speed Dremel 3000 rotary tool and acces- sories are awarded to the monthly winners of the RMC/DREMEL KITBASHING AWARD. Entries must consist of at least two photos (high-resolution digital pic- tures should be at least 3,000 pixels wide; color slides or 5″×7″ or 8″×10″ prints are also acceptable) and a short text. Models must use at least 50% commercial compo- nents; unused entries may be held future editorial use.


less than satisfied with, namely the doors, windows and loading dock. I glued the four walls of the office struc- ture and freight house together. This


It was at this point that the kit was literally shelved, waiting for inspira- tion of some kind. I kept modeling. I scratchbuilt a few buildings, acquiring items like win- dows and doors from Grandt Line and Tichy Trains, laser-cut shingles from Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains. I at- tended NMRA conventions and Rail- road Prototype Meets, going to clinics and talking to other modelers. I read every construction article in RMC, of- ten picking up an idea or technique. I knew all along that I wanted to model the mid-1970's era, the time of my teens. While it could be argued that the


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