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d ouble diagonal braces to match the pho tographs of the prototypes I was model ing. With the cross-brac ing i n place, the handrails and doors were installed. The doors (the ramps leading from the p latform to the roofs of the cars) that were to be i nstalled in the "down" position were drilled with a number 77 dri l l b i t, and a Detail Associates 2203 nut bolt-washer was used to attach a piece of Builders In Scale chain to the post. A Detail Associates 2 206 e ye bolt was used to attach the chain to the door ends. I cut the chain to the exact length needed so it would be i n ten sion when the doors were lowered into the proper position. I app l ied a drop of thin cyanoacrylate cement to each chai n . The cement w i l l run down the chain to "freeze" i t in a straight position s o no sag o r kinks appear in the chain. The six roof sections were assembled and the joint sanded smooth. Careful l y sight down the length of the roof as you assemble the sec tions, to be certain the roof i s perfectly flat.

sandpaper. The burnt umber highl ighted the wood grain and subdued the white. I used powered black pastel chalk to high l i ght the mol ded- i n nut-bo lt-washer detai l s . When complete, I protected the weathering with a l i ght coat of Testors DullCote. I wanted to simulate a tarpaper-covered roof. I first painted with acry l i c water-base black paint. Working down the roof in two or three-i nch sections, I u sed a short stiff-bristle brush to work a single layer of fac ial tissue i n to the s t i ll-wet black paint. The tissue was pre-cut into scale 3-foot x I O-foot pieces. As the tissue was stuck into the paint, I covered i t with a second l ight coat of black. 1 o ver lapped each section of tissue down the length of the roof, a scale 6 i nches. The first strip was laid along the lower edge of the roof so the second strip would overlap the top of the first. After the paint dried, I applied a dusting of Ilesh-colored powdered pastel chalk i n a random pattern to simulate bird droppings.

recessed a scale foot or more. The typical ice house had wagon-level loading doors so the icemen cou ld pick up their loads for deli very to homes and businesses. The ice house had doors on the second Iloor at a height to allow the ice to be loaded onto the ice platform's deck and conveyor. I used a variety of Design Preservation Models modular wal l sections for the ice house. I painted the assembled model white and weathered it with a dilute mix of black acrylic paint. Before applying the paint, I dabbed on small spots of rubber cement so the white could be removed (as it was for the icing platform deck) to reveal bare brick beneath the peeled and worn white paint.

T he Workmen, Their Tools and The Ice
I u sed prototype photographs of Santa Fe
i c i ng p l atforms that were i n c l uded with Su nshine Models "Ice" (they ' re also reprint ed on pages 5 7, 58 and 5 9 o f this issue of

By Ken Patter50n

F inal Painting ff Weathering
When the model was completely assem bled, I touched up the visible g l ue seams with white paint. The complete deck area was dry brushed with powdered burnt umber pastel chaLks. The pastel chalks were powdered by simply rubbing them over a piece of fine

I ce House Construction
I did not copy any specific ice house for this platform. I used a "generic" brick-walled ice house. The prototype ice houses were built with two walls between 1 2 and 24 inch es thick with a hollow space between the inner and outer layers of brick to provide insu lation. Thus, the doors and windows were

" The Journal") to establ ish the positions and
postures of the workmen that would be load ing ice. I used an assortment of Preiser work men (and one pol i ceman) as the basis for the ice-loading c rew. I die! have to d ismember each of the figures to move their arms into positions to match those of the workmen in the prototype photograph, I used Ilush-cut


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