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Old 02-11-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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Coal Mining Camp Houses

I will be making 10 houses for my coal mining area. I normally work with wood mostly but I had a lot of styrene clapboard siding sheets so I will be using this. These houses were built just for the miners & their families. They were built close together & very cheap. Sometimes a family would out grow the house & they would add a room next to the porch, normally another bedroom. I start out making templates from cardboard...Little Debbie Cake boxes work well for this
On the end wall panel the double lines near the roof are 3/12 & 4/12 pitch lines. These houses will have rolled roofing & I figured a 4/12 would look better & would shed water better.



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Old 02-12-2013, 03:04 AM   #2
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OK, you got my attention.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:41 PM   #3
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Got all the front sections done. I cut three at a time worked well but not five. Cutting five got the cutter too hot & melted a few pieces as it cut then when cooled left a molten blob. For those that haven't used one of these cutters don't confuse it with a drill bit. It looks similar but it has cutting flutes on the side.









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Old 02-15-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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When you come back, bring a picture of your coal mine. I'm trying to make a coal mine an could use all the help (ideas) I can get. Looks like your off to a good start on your houses.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #5
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When you come back, bring a picture of your coal mine. I'm trying to make a coal mine an could use all the help (ideas) I can get. Looks like your off to a good start on your houses.
Dave I will post some in a separate thread over the weekend so I won't clutter this one up. Thanks for your interest!
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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I got them put together & set them close to where their going. These will need better floors than what I want to put in them because of being on posts.







Thanks again for looking!
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Looking good 'dust, where's the "dunnys" ??
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:07 PM   #8
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These may have indoor plumbing because I can't see myself making 9-10 of them. I could put one in between each house & make them share. Tonight I got some roofs done & cut the porch floors. I'm glad I found this sheet of plank styrene so I won't have to do lot of board scribing.


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Old 12-20-2013, 10:05 PM   #9
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Hello everyone I'm back in the saddle again. I took up another hobby of restoring old garden tractors & have been busy with that. I also had my left shoulder joint replaced a few months ago & doing well but a little rusty. I have a lot to show so sit back & hope you enjoy.

Here I painted to simulate old porch boards & will give it a A/I wash.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:45 PM   #10
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I posted the previous pic too soon.
Porch floors installed.


I started cutting the porch rails & posts.




Yes some are crooked & missing a few balusters but that's the way it is in the real world of old structures.


These are stuck on masking tape upside down. They kind of look like my work socks hanging on a clothes line.


I'm using windows & doors from Tichy Trains.


I forgot to order some windows opened so I improvised & made my own.






Painted all the trim. This was not fun.


I use plastic corner trim for my corners. I like this because it gives me both sides with one application.


A lot of these camp houses were sitting on hillsides so I have to make the posts next. Hope you enjoyed & thanks again for looking.
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