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I'd like to have a replica of my grandfather's old house done in O scale for my layout, any recommendations? I imagine that something like that could cost as much as you want to spend, but any ideas on what a ballpark price may be?
 

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Why not try it yourself? Scratch building is fun and not really all that hard.

Do you have dimensions and good photos? How much detail do you want to include?
Sure, it may take more than 1 try to get what you want, but something you build yourself is always more satisfying in the long run. (Just my 2 cents)
 

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I am sure if I put my mind to it, I could do it. No doubt at all. But I already have a long list of other things I 'put my mind to,' and they're all in various stages of completion, so I'd like to keep this one off my list if possible. Civic projects, antique cars, a baby on the way, home renovations, furniture refinishing, various actual jobs, family time, ancestral research, and model RR to name only a few. I can't even think about it LoL
 

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Oh, as far as detail, it only needs to be as good as a prebuilt Bachmann/Plastiville as that is what it will be next to. Let me see if I can post a pic here... The house isn't in the family anymore, and on face value is nothing special, but it would be nice to have it on the platform. I don't know if that is a common sentiment with other modelers. If I can find someone that I consider to be reasonable, I would also consider having copies made of other family members homes as well.
 

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I'd like to have a replica of my grandfather's old house done in O scale for my layout, any recommendations? I imagine that something like that could cost as much as you want to spend, but any ideas on what a ballpark price may be?
This is a new member that posted this about scratch model building.
You can contact him. I don't think it will cost $2500.00. like his e-bay site says, though I don't know.

http://www.modeltrainforum.com/showthread.php?t=2328

He never commented on what I posted in his post.
 

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Do you have other views of the house? I do simplified buildings out of card stock that might be what you're looking for...not as a business, just a pastime. I've done all the scenicking and high detail work in the past and just enjoy to tinker now.

---I've since seen that you'd want it in O scale and I don't believe cardstock would be a good medium for that.



 

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By the looks of the snow you must make a good birthday cake too.:D



Great buildings, HO scale?

Now my sweet tooth needs something.:D
 

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By the looks of the snow you must make a good birthday cake too.:D



Great buildings, HO scale?

Now my sweet tooth needs something.:D
:laugh: Thanks, the snow is plain white bathtub caulk and yes, the buildings are in HO scale. Went back to my roots when I used to make buildings using a scale ruler cut out of a magazine, a straight edge razor and paper matches ripped from a book for a paint brush.
 

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How about this then, does anyone offer a full kit of parts, with doors, windows, etc., enough material to put together one on your own whatever the design? The basic layout of the house seems simple enough.
 

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I'd like to have a replica of my grandfather's old house done in O scale for my layout, any recommendations? I imagine that something like that could cost as much as you want to spend, but any ideas on what a ballpark price may be?
I don't know about O scale, but I had my mom help me with replicas of old buildings from my past. Of course she always liked making those things.
I had some books of Paper Building's that she was able to get measurements from.
I posted Pics of them to My User Account
Here are a couple pics, one of My Home I grew up in, and the other is My Grandfathers House and Resort, He had 10 Cabins, but 2 are enough due to space restraints.
 

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I do OK sometimes and really suck at other times. I've got a project I want done, a local NKP Depot, but have been putting it off until I feel adequate and confident enough in my talent. So far, I don't think I can get the finished product I want.

But, I will say that I have a dozen or so structures on my layout. But, the depot is still waiting on me.

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I don't know about O scale, but I had my mom help me with replicas of old buildings from my past. Of course she always liked making those things.
I had some books of Paper Building's that she was able to get measurements from.
I posted Pics of them to My User Account
Here are a couple pics, one of My Home I grew up in, and the other is My Grandfathers House and Resort, He had 10 Cabins, but 2 are enough due to space restraints.
Those buildings came out really nice. Nice show pieces for your layout
 

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:laugh: Thanks, the snow is plain white bathtub caulk and yes, the buildings are in HO scale. Went back to my roots when I used to make buildings using a scale ruler cut out of a magazine, a straight edge razor and paper matches ripped from a book for a paint brush.
Shaygetz, you sure do some good work there I must say
 

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Just wanted to post a follow up here. The current issue of O Gauge RR has an article devoted to this topic, I don't know if anyone would want to check it out but I figured I'd mention it. I was hoping for a different medium than card stock or foam board, but it seems to be a popular way to scratchbuild for O scale. Don't get me wrong, they come out fine that way, but I want this thing to last a good long while.

Anyway, I think I am going to attempt doing this, but with wood as a base. I may use cardstock for siding of things like that. Where can I get porch columns and railings in O scale? The rest I think I can fudge.

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Follow up number 2. I decided to just go ahead and build the thing. I used a sheet of wood veneer that I had left over from a kitchen remodel and some 5/8" poplar to build the basic structure, than came back over with balsa siding from micromark and windows and doors from grandtline. Took me about three days to get it finished.

 

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Montclaire,

I'm just seeing/reading this thread for the first time. EXCELLENT job on the house! Your grandfather should/would be very proud! Great windows, roofline intersections, etc. I'm sure this will be in your family for a long time to come ... perhaps that "baby on the way" will be telling his/her kid someday how Grandpa built this little house way back in 2010!

Thanks for sharing!

TJ
 
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