Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Revised Two Flat, Part 2

Progress is coming along on the two flat: all four walls are now done and a roof has been added. Right now I am working on the wall caps (the kind with tiles that are laid horizontally). I am casting the caps out of resin, but I only have one mold (I seemed to have lost the master). It was taken from the top of an Ameritown wall section.

 The wall cap is on the side wall ... not glued down yet. I am using resin that takes 16 hours (yes, 16 hours) to cure so I can cast one 6 inch section a day. I cast more windows at the same time.

 No front door yet as I goofed on my door castings. I made them too small. I will just probably make those in place.

 The windows are all separate castings. So, actual construction of the shell has gone pretty quickly at least for my standards. 
 Of course being in Chicago we need a back porch. I am winging this .... no plans, so its coming out a little shaky and probably not up to code. But, that is kind of the look I am going for ... somewhat dilapidated ... since that's what you see out of the windows of the train. I will put a roof on the porch. The next building will have an enclosed porch ... much easier to build.

There are no windows along the side next to the tracks (except on the bay/sun room on the front - all three sides have windows). I didn't think the builder would put those in since usually the L was built before the homes in the neighborhood.

 My windows are about as basic as you can get, but I am just trying to capture that "look" of a Chicago style double hung. No storm windows here ... better hope heat is included.

All in all not bad for a week's worth of work. I will eventually build another two flat across the street and some "halves" on the other side of the tracks up against the back drop.

This building was more to learn what works and what doesn't. I learned about casting the windows out of resin and meet with OK success. I also worked on some brick overlay methods. With this knowledge, hopefully the next building will turn out better. I use it as a learning experience mostly.

I did borrow design elements from BJ Traction and DSLShops to capture that specific Chicago style. However, since BJ Traction kits are no longer in production and DSL Shops' kits are S scale, I don't think they should mind too much. I do thank them for the inspiration.

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