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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted March 06, 2013 - 08:36 AM

Moving right along with my O-scale building projects, this one is going to be a hotel with a parking lot on one side and a drug store on the other side.

The main base is a top shelf off a litter and feeding box I had built several years ago for our cats.

 

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The box that I had built for the cats was 2x3 foot and had three levels.

The kitty litter tray went in the bottom.

The seconded shelf had another rubber tray and the cat food and water dishes sat on this shelf.

This part that I'm using for the main base was the top shelf where we kept the cat litter and the cat food boxes.

 

I had a ladder made up that the cats could use to get up to the food dishes but as they got older it became to difficult for them to get up there.

I ended up cutting the top shelf off and we just use the bottom part of the box for the litter box.

 

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I'm using this old shelf for the main base because I want to have a basement bar under the hotel and this piece already has the thickness that I need for the basement.

I turned it over and will use the bottom as the top of the base.

As you can see it is kind of rough and I had used it to set things on for painting.

 

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A piece of 1/8 inch plywood is glued to the top of this base to give me a smother surface.

A hole is cut into the base for the stairs to the basement and two dowels are glued in place to locate the hotel base.

This main base is 11 inch by 36 inch.

 

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The base for the hotel and drug store is cut out and located on the main base.

 

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Building the stairwell down into the basement.

 

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There is a piece of wood that angles out from the bottom of the stairwell so I can put a photo of a bar interior behind the wall with the door and window.

This is the photo that is going in the space.

 

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Here is the finished stairwell.

 

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And how it looks when mounted in the main base.

 

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Edited by jdcrawler, March 06, 2013 - 08:37 AM.

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Posted March 06, 2013 - 08:42 AM

Now that's neat. You have my attention!


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Posted March 06, 2013 - 08:49 AM

Yep, neat idea.

I'll be watching too.


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Posted March 06, 2013 - 11:39 AM

Wow, that looks great Ray,  going down like that is a dimension not often seen in buildings on layouts, very cool!!


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Posted March 06, 2013 - 11:43 AM

Looks good Ray, I will again be following along. Nice job. :thumbs:


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Posted March 06, 2013 - 01:29 PM

Wow, that looks great Ray,  going down like that is a dimension not often seen in buildings on layouts, very cool!!

looks like some of the older places I have been in Boston and NYC, very cool.


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Posted March 06, 2013 - 05:33 PM

Boston....CHEERS!

That is what my wife thought the stairway looked like...CHEERS!


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Posted March 06, 2013 - 07:58 PM

In the past, I have had a few ask about how I cut the openings for the doors and windows.

This part of any building is the most time consuming but it isn't particularly difficult.

 

The windows and doors are measured and drawn out on the face of the wall panel.

I mark the inside corners of each window or door so I don't get confused about just what areas need to be cut out.

 

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Then two 1/4 inch holes are drilled in opposite corners of each window and door.

 

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Some time ago I made up a saw table that has a saber saw mounted underneath a piece of aluminum with the blade sticking up thru it.

 

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The wall panel is set on the saw table with the saw blade sticking up thru one of the starter holes.

 

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I saw down along the side and rotate the panel and saw across the top.

Then I relocate the panel so the blade is in the opposite hole and repeat the process.

With the piece cut out of the center, I go along and trim the corners where the starter holes were.

 

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This is how the wall panel looks when it is finished.

 

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Posted March 06, 2013 - 08:34 PM

Cool way to cut the windows, Ray! Thanks for sharing that with us.


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Posted March 06, 2013 - 09:02 PM

Nice now when I an through getting my haircut I can have a drink.


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 02:46 PM

The windows and doors are all cut out for the four sides of the hotel and the sides are all glued together.
The back wall of the hotel also has one wall of the drug store on it.

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The building is mounted on a base that can be removed from the main base.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 03:25 PM

The basement bar is cool, but would not be my first choice. Crawling up those stairs at closing time is a killer.


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 06:59 PM

The basement bar is cool, but would not be my first choice. Crawling up those stairs at closing time is a killer.

Better to crawl up than fall down.


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 07:38 PM

I can't wait to follow along with this build,I've built a few ho scale plastic buildings from kits,but to build one from scratch I would not even know where to begin! Keep up the great work and keep those pics and posts coming as well!


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 08:12 PM

Nice structure you have there Ray! Glad you have a Drug Store too!


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