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Old 05-19-2020, 12:01 PM
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Octagon Stone Workshop - 1:87

My latest paper model project is a stone octagon workshop in HO scale. The original was built in 1832 for a blackshop in Albany, New York, USA. The model started with a scale drawing by Harold W. Russell, from the October 2017 issue of Model Railroader Magazine. I used the "Illinois Stone" texture sheet, shingle texture sheet, modified windows, and roof hatch from Clever Models.

Creating this model on Photoshop Elements took a lot of work over the better part of a week, and it's far from perfect. The effort gave me a deeper appreciation for the work of people like Thom and Dave at Clever Models. Thank you, guys!

The kit, such as it is, is posted on my blog, sakrisonpapercuts.blogspot.com
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:55 PM
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A very handsome structure, sir
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:12 PM
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Really nice Sir . Let me know when you have some time to meet up now that the covid is opening back up here in wisconsin
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That looks real good.
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:22 PM
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That looks great! Nice job on the design and build.
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Old 05-19-2020, 02:44 PM
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A fine model. Thanks for giving the link to your blog. I very much enjoyed the track plans and information on the Ceresco & Wolf River Railroad & Navigation Company. World War I increased the demand for lumber and farm products. My own Carlisle and Cape May Railway and Steam Navigation Company exists almost entirely in my imagination, although the Conodoguinet Springs Branch did exist for a few years in our living room for the edification of our grandsons.

I always enjoy seeing any of your superb models, but especially enjoy every one of your posts on your railroad structures.

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Love the octagonal blacksmith shop! Thanks for sharing; I plan to build one myself. Enjoyed your blog, too!

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Old 05-20-2020, 08:45 AM
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If you are going to build it . . .

For anyone planning to build the model, a couple of suggestions:

It should have a chimney. The existing building has none but when it was built as a blacksmith shop, it must have had one, possibly at the peak. I'll add one before it goes on the layout.

The walls on the original building are thick. I used several thicknesses of heavy card to set the main doors back from the wall surface. I should have done the same with the large second-story doors. The windows are set close to the outer wall as on the real building.

I didn't detail the eaves. I'll add rafter ends before it goes on the layout.

Getting the internal former to fit correctly gave me fits. The result is not quite a perfect octagon. But once it's on the layout, you'd need a protractor and an attitude to recognize that. Besides, the same may be true of the original building.

Thanks for the compliments. And I'll keep updating the blog as the layout progresses.
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Very nice...
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Very nice.


I grew up in a town that has an Octagon House from the 1860s. I am considering building a paper model, then a dollhouse based on this house. It is the Silas Martin Octagon House.
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