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    The least-expensive plastic building kits can be made to look like wood and/or easily modified into smaller structures.

    TOP: Paint formulated for use on plastic is best. Pactra's "Flat" enamel is being used, here, to paint the inset door panels. BOTTOM: The least-expensive plastic building kits can be made to look like wood and/or easily modified into smaller structures. The pieces, in most plastic kits, fit quite snugly. Hold part in place and flow liquid cement for plastic into joints.
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    PAGE 34 TOP LEFT: This AHM "Rico" station was modified to fit a siding on AL Hetzel's HO scale layout. New platform was made from wood.

    PAGE 34 TOP RIGHT: Platform's planking is Northeastern-brand scribed 1/32" thick wood sheeting cut to shape. Random boards were shortened.

    PAGE 34 BOTTOM: Pactra's "Flat" light earth and dark earth colors were thinned 50% and used as a wash to add a "weathered" touch to the sides, doors, and roof. Note rain-washed-style of streaks down roof.

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    PAGE 36: Completed station, with its modified-to-fit platform, is "weathered" and ready to sit in place beside the tracks.

    PAGE 37 TOP: Most plastic structure kits, in N, HO, or 0 scales, can be painted and weathered to look like wood. This AHM-brand "Rico" station is available in either HO or N scales at little cost.

    PAGE 37 BOTTOM: Plaster scenery around station's base should be brushed up to hide joint between base and "ground." Genuine dirt, sifted through a flour sifter, can be glued over a coat of white glue. The painted parts have lost that translucent, shiny, look of plastic - "flat" paints give appearance of wood to surfaces.

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    TOP LEFT: Two of the inexpensive AHM "Rico" station kits can be combined to build a smaller station without the freight area. Only the window ends, from the two kits (top), will be used.

    TOP RIGHT: The rear gable roofs (where the chimney mounts) are used from both of the "Rico" station kits.

    BOTTOM LEFT: Use an X-Acto "hot knife" or the tip of a razor saw to scribe the edges of the shingles into the "chimney" base on one gable.

    BOTTOM RIGHT: A sharp hobby knife can be used to give the beveled "shingle" effect to the molded-in flat spot for the chimney on one gable. 

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    TOP LEFT: Slice off the "baggage" end of the rear of one of the kits with a sharp razor saw. Bevel backside of cut with a file.

    TOP RIGHT: Use the razor saw to cut away the "baggage" portion of the "Rico" station base. Slice off the end support from base.

    BOTTOM LEFT & RIGHT: Paint each of the station's parts with "flat" enamel, before gluing them together. Panels can also be weathered with a "wash" of light and dark earth. Smaller station will fit into cluttered areas with ease. The baggage area parts, left over from the two kits, can be combined in a similar manner to make a separate freight station or industry.  

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    PAGE 42 LEFT: The two-story half of AHM's "Gruesome Casket" HO scale industry is large enough to form an industry of its own. Platform edge has been extended with stripwood to match roof.

    PAGE 42 RIGHT: Roof air-cooling unit has been shortened to a nearer-to scale appearance and building weathered with a "wash" of thinned-down Pactra dark earth to accent the bricks and mortar seams. 

    PAGE 46: The AHM "F&M Shaefer Brewery" has been reduced in size by nearly one-third by simply leaving off the open-air shed and reversing the bricked-in shed to fit the opposite end.

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    • Original Author 1001 Model Railroading Ideas
    • Source 1001 Model Railroading Ideas
    • Publication Date Winter 1970

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