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T he diamond-shaped windows and diagonal sheathing of the garage doors give this sma l l building tremendous character. Li ke the barn, the garage was built using prototype con struction practices.

w ash and sealed with Dullcote. The w indow framing was added, built up from scale l x4s u s i n g prototype constructio n techn iques. The window sashes were built up from scale I x2 and I x I stripwood and glued into place with white glue. The wall s were assembled, then the roof j o i s t s were added. The ridge b e a m was bowed to model an old, sagging roof l i ne . The sub-roof w a s added u s i n g s c a l e 1 x 4 materi a l , w i t h t h e t y p ing-paper roofi n g material glued o n over that. The garage doors were b ui l t over the plans. These doors were seen on a structure (no longer standing) a number of years ago. Their d i st i nctive diamond w i ndows appe a l e d to m e . T h e d i a g o n a l m at e r i a l ( scale I x 4s ) was l ai d out, then the edge framing added on each side. The hole for the window was cut, then the w indow fram ing material was added on each side. The mullions are scale l x I s, and were g lued in place with CA. After the assembly was dry,

K ristal Klear was webbed across the frames for the glazing. The doors were secured to the structure using h i n ges made of sew i n g thread. The thread will not fatigue easily, and allows the doors to open (see Figure 2). The thread is doubled over, dipped in CA, then placed on the door at the right spot. After the glue is
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d ry, I trim off the ends of the thread and touch them with CA again. I then placed the door into place, m aking certain the hinges adhered to the building shell . After the glue dries, gently working the door open breaks any glue which m ay have seeped into the door j am b . The door l o c k is m ade from painted typing paper and wire. T he a ddit i on u s e s more m odern stud framing a nd lap siding, primarily t o a dd to the texture of the m odel. Like the main stru c ture, the addi t i on was con structed en tirel y from commercial dimensional lum ber and typing paper. For each elevation, the structural fra m e w ork was c onstructed over the drawings using CA. After the glue on the frame had dried, the s iding was appUed. N ai l holes were embossed, and some boards were broken and removed. A ft e r t h e s e p arate w a l l s w e re c o m p l e t e d , t h e y were added o n t o the m a i n structure. T h e sub-roof w a s added using scale 1 x4 materi a l , and the typi ng-paper roofin g material added over that. Pactra acrylic paint was brushed on, then weath ered with a Grim y B l ack wash and sealed w i t h D u l lcote. The w indow framing was added and the wall s of the addition given a wash of Pactra W b i te to i ndicate a more recent painting than for the main structure. The window sash was buil t up from scale I x2 and I x l stripwood and glued i nto place w i t h white g l ue (see Figure 3 ) . The door was built from butyrate, '/.," aircraft birch, and scale stripwood (see Figure 4).

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The outhouse was a one-evening project, built after "one-of-those-days." It uses scrap material leftover from the barn. I didn 't have any drawings, but rather just cut and fit as I went along. Drawings of the final model are presented in Figure 5. Construction time was a couple hours. The outhoLise was built using board-on board construction with prototype constrLlcM O D E L R A I L R OA D I N G ... 3 1

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