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The prototype for the barn model. Take those photos while you can - you never know when the building iSI going to fa ll to the g round !

B arns o f our youth were always loaded with old things that should have been thrown away but weren't. Our models should be no d ifferent!

board cut to size for the slab, with 3/,,' strip wood for the foundation edges. I t was all glued together with cyanoacrylate (CA) and painted l ight gray. A b l ack wash provides color variation. The wall s were built up board-an-board b y l ay i ng the exterior boards out on the work surface exterior side down and gluing the framing in. The key to doing this is dou ble-sided tape. I t holds the s i d i ng square while attaching the interior framework, and makes board-an-board construction almost as easy as u s i n g scribed s i d i ng material . Working with CA makes this a very, very fast process. A l l wall s were built up before continuing with construction. The wall s were glued to the foundation. F i rst-floor i n terior d e t a il in g was added. including the stalls and feed troughs in the lean-to. Most of the detail parts on the first floor are metal detail castings. with some w indow sashes cut from refugees from the scrap box. Dirt and scrap wood completed the first-floor detailing. The second-story floors were built up lIsing the board-an-board construction tech nique. then g l ued in place. The second floor deta i l i n g was then added - as with the

cut plenty of material, because it can always be used later for other projects. T he rem a i n der of the wood used is a c ombination of Northeastern and Kappler s cale l u mber. A l l wood was sanded and s tained before assembly. I use a two step s tain process, first using thi n ned Pol l y S D ark Earth p a i n t , fol l ow e d by t h i n n e d G rimy B lack paint. After w i p i ng off any excess paint with a paper towel, the wood c an be dried quickly in a m icrowave oven on h igh for two or three m inutes. If the wood comes out too dark, it can be l ightened by a wash of Polly S Primer Gray. The foundation is simply a piece of matte
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