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p rototype, t h i s was m a i n l y o l d doors an d w indows. Before the roof was added, red paint was drybrushed a l o n g the upper edge of t he sides, replicating the remains of the last coat of paint on the prototype. A semi-gloss clear coat was brushed on top of this to give just a hint of luster to the painted portion. The sub-roof panels were buil t by spac i n g out the n a i lers on double-s i ded tape , s imilar to the wall construction, and attach i ng the joists with CA. The sub-roof panels were then removed from the work surface and glued to the walls. The roof sheeting is scale 2' x 8' sheets of heavy duty aluminum fo i l , g l u e d i n p l ac e w i th C A . T h e r i b s are . O I O x . 0 20 Evergreen styrene. After installation, the bui lding was masked off and the roof spray-pai n ted with a rust-colored auto primer. The wall protecting the lean-to was con structed in place using leftover barn siding material. The main doors survived the origi nal collapse, and were used here as part of the siding - they were modeled separately,

then glued in place. The collapsed wall was built up one piece at a time, following the photos to get the right look. Ground foam was added to represent the small trees and w e e d s w h i c h w e re t a k i n g h o l d i n t h e exposed part of t h e foundation. Final ly. I pushed i n the roof of the lean-to with my index finger to get the correct roof sag (not for the faint of heart!) The nice thing about thi s model was the fact that the i n terior is visible without having removable walls or roofs. The collection of clntter which accumulates in old barns is the stuff of legends. The idea to show it off l ike this is due to a chance encounter of modeler and prototype. Keep y o u r eyes open as you're driving to work - you'd be surprised at what you find!

The garage began l i fe as a sketch, anno tated with notes on the features I wanted the structure to have. The concept for the model was that of a one-car garage, bui l t u s i n g post-and-beam construction, which is com-

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mon to this area. At a later date. all addition was tacked onto one side. After tal king with farmers i n the area, I foulld that the addition is often used for storage of smaller tools, recycled l umber, and other odds and ends. The sketch finally resulted in the drawi ngs shown i n Figure 1 . The garage was bu i l t lls i n g the same basic board - o n - board t ec h n i q u e s a s the barn. Northeastern and Kappler scale strip wood of appropriate d imensions was used t h r o u g h o u t c o n s t ru c t i o n . A l l w o o d was sanded and stained before assembly, using the same Poll y S stai n i ng technique that I used for the barn. The main b u i l d i ng uses standard post and-beam construction techniques, common to farm outbui ldings. Wall construction for the main part of the garage was pretty much the same as the barn. After each wall section was completed, nai l holes were embossed i nto the wall s and some boards were broken and removed. The wal l s were drybru sh e d w i t h Flat White, then weathered with a Grimy Black

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