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Tunkhannock, PA N-Track Module MODEL BUILDING
I have always enjoyed building models.
I grew up in my Grandfather's workshop where he made doll house furniture. So I learned to work on scale miniatures.
For Tunkhannock there are Lots and Lots of structures to build!
I use styrene, etched brass and wood kits.
Some are kit-bashed DPM styrene models, some are scratch-built from scribed wood and scale lumber.
All are accurate replicas of actual structures from the era. (Or as accurate as I could make them!)
All the models are based on historical photos and photos taken present day on location. Most of the buildings are still in use today.
Winola Worsted Yarn Co.
beginnings. Made with Bar Mills wood "One Kit".
This building is still in use today. I took some reference photos on location.
Interior bracing and window sashes going in. Walls glued up and squared. Interior flooring
going in to provide some structure. 42 windows, some open and all with clear plastic glass!
Some say I'm crazy, but I put rough interior scenes in second and third floors. So you can see something inside all those open windows!
Tiny electric lighting on both floors.
Signage, roof and weathering.
Tioga Street (PA Route 6)
built from kit-bashed DPM buildings from historical and present day photos.
I matched buildings fairly closely choosing particular DPM models.
They are not exactly accurate, but capture the general look.
Note curtains and shades in all windows, and merchandise in all the store-front windows.
Walls Hotel model kit-bashed from several DPM models.
This building is still in use today called the Prince Hotel.
The columns in front were scratch-built using styrene sheets of different thicknesses.
The building next door is a DPM kit.
Piatts Opera House no longer exists.
It was built from historic photos only.
Kit-based from DPM models that resembled the architecture.
I found many antique theatre posters online, scaled them down, printed out and plastered the walls and windows with them.
Keeler House Hotel no longer exists.
Built from kit-bashed DPM models.
This was a particularly difficult one in that I couldn't find any models that resembled it.
I had to piece together wall sections and build the Mansard curved roof from scratch.
I also had to make the dormers from scratch.
H.A. Mack sawmill no longer exists. It burned down just before 1900. The model is scratch-built from scribed wood sheets and Bar Mills "One-Kit" windows.
The view up Bridge Street with models temporarily in place.
I am using forced perspective to make the distances seem longer.
The street gets narrower as it goes back.
Hoping to get this section done for the Wyoming County Historical Society's open house in May 2008.
This shot was just Taken January 2009.
I did two shows in Tunkhannock in 2008,
One at the Historical Society and One in the Fall at the High School for the Airing of the Quilts Festival.
The below models were finished after the shows.
Its been my winter project.
View up Warren street with "The Old Store" on the corner.
Below is the prototype from a different angle.
A beautiful Victorian home. Prototype below.
This was kitbashed from Branchline Trains' Dubois House kit radically altered to match prototype. I decided to simplify it as it is flat-backed, only 1-1/2" deep. I actually got both this and the below home from the one kit.
The second Victorian home on Tioga street. Prototype below.
This was kitbashed from the back half of Branchline Trains' Dubois House kit.
The next big project is the Packer House Hotel.
Some info from an archived newspaper at the Historical Society:
24 August 1900- Packer House burned Sunday night. Original building built in 1871 by Ziba Billings and W. N. Reynolds (son-in-law). Valued at $21,000. In 1890 it was leased to Foster Hewitt.
Of course it was rebuilt a few years later, but eventually burned down permanently and is no longer there.

Since it is on the front of the module I knew I had to do a really nice job on it. I have kept a detailed record of its construction and will continue to post updates here.

As with all of the key structures, I started with as many prototype photos as I could find.
Then constructed a scale model plan with Photoshop and Illustrator.
I made a paperboard mock up to test scale and check things like sources for the windows and railings.
The structure is built from Bar Mills "One Kit walls. They are N scale clapboard scribed wood siding with laser etched window and door lines on the back. Using my paper model and scale drawings I just size up walls and locate the prototype windows and doors and cut away. Framing is Basswood strips. I use an X-acto knife for almost everything, although I do use a Jamar 3" mini table saw and the Micro-Mark heavy duty "Chopper". I use regular acrylic paint for everything wood, and mix my own custom colors. And I weather with powdered pastels.
Cutting lots and lots of window openings. Painting underway. I always paint the back side black to prevent warping. Grandt Line windows prepping. LOTS of them! Bracing and windows. I like clothes pins for clamping, they're easy.
Window glass and curtains. Curtains are computer print-outs. Rub-down lettering. I prefer to do this while the walls are flat. Assembly. Porch deck. The hotel is on a slope thus the angled bottom.
Completed porch deck. Corner trim going on. I use pieces from saved kits with sticky- back Lattice under porch is etched brass from Scale Link. Porch Posts, white metal castings from Period Miniatures.
Porch railing, more etched brass from Scale Link. Porch roof framing. Porch roof panels cut from 1/16" micro ply. Interior lighting with black paper masks.
Upper roof in layers of micro ply. Roof done. Rolled roofing going on. Black construction paper. Commercial stairs were not wide enough, so I'm cutting my own.
Stair risers Gutters and downspouts.
The completed structure. 2/16/09
Digging the foundation. I scrape off previously applied grass and level up. The wires go in through a plastic straw then pulled through from underneath.
The model "in situ". I haven't really kept track of the hours but its probably in the neighborhood of 60 hours over about 5 weeks.
Couldn't find a commercial one small enough to match the prototype, so I started with a peanut can lid for the base.
It already had a built-in rail.
Turntable at the tannery in prototype photo.
Not sure exactly what they used it for. But it'll make for interesting operation on the layout.
Fitting the table into the layout. Working the track spacing took some time.