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HO Scale Shipyard at Foss' Landing

Limited Edition Craftsman Kit Number 106

 

 

This kit redefines what is possible in HO Scale

everything pictured is included except track and scenery

 

Study the photographs carefully and take in all the detail.

Remember, this is an 18" x 17" HO Scale diorama!

Like all SierraWest kits, all four sides are highly detailed.

Good luck choosing the view you like best.

HO Scale Shipyard at Foss' Landing

Kit 106  |  Now Shipping

Everything Pictured is Included Except Track and Scenery

$320 plus shipping and applicable taxes

Designing and producing kits in both HO and O Scale gives me a unique perspective. I was tired of using the same techniques and construction methodology that I had used since I was ten years old. It was time for a fresh look and feel. I found that I could incorporate a superior level of detail and realism into the construction of the Shipyard using O Scale techniques and influences. In fact, it was quite easy and very satisfying; just look at the results. The Shipyard represents an evolution in HO Scale kit design and production. The Shipyard is the first HO Scale kit ever produced with the heart and soul of O Scale! There are so many features about the Shipyard that makes this kit unique... read on.

The most important new element is the way the castings are provided. Notice how effectively the clutter is integrated into the diorama, not merely placed around or on top. This is achieved by using individual single crates, barrels, and pieces of junk and clutter. Instead of a single large casting comprised of 8 crates stacked together, the Shipyard comes with eight individual crate castings so you create your own stacks. It is much faster and easier to paint the individual crates giving each unique character through dry brushing and chalk weathering. You add your own personality to each stack in the way you arrange and glue them together. They can be stacked in ways that a single large casting could never be produced. Leaning and off balance crates are more interesting than a simple straight stack! Look at the crate piles and see what I mean. Extend this new methodology over the entire diorama and you see how this fundamental change in modeling philosophy dramatically improves the level of detail and realism. But the innovation doesn't stop here...

The ship under construction is simply a stunning detail. I have always used the laser cut components in my kits in such a way as to aid the modeler, not to replace. The ship is no exception. The keel and ribs are laser cut plywood and chipboard laminated together to create a strong and realistic appearing composite. The scaffolding, planking, gangways, and bracing elements are all stripwood. This combination creates a natural appearing scene with the realistic feel I wanted to achieve. Modeled after Dave Revelia's award winning diorama, the ship under construction is the reason the diorama exists; so it better be great! The weathering and coloring methods are incredible too. They're fast and simple to perform and solvent free! How did I ever get along without this technique? It works equally well on all materials so you can match the weathering between wood walls, paper shingles, resin castings, etc...

Extra time was spent detailing the main roof. Notice the way the shingle rows are staggered prototypically along with the addition of a realistic cap, flashing, fascia, and rafter details. Thanks to Nick Ogden for his technical expertise in making sure these were correct. In HO Scale extra details are easily overlooked. When added together they really enhance the appearance. It's that sum of the parts rule. Once again laser technology is used to create jigs and fixtures that aide in the construction. The laser cut roof is self-adhesive with each row peeled back one at a time. This makes adding the shingle strips straight and even quite simple. All you have to do is butt the shingle strip against the next row of adhesive backing to line it up. Nothing is faster or more effective, weathering ties it all together.

the Shipyard Features:

• Large realistically detailed main building constructed board on board from a laser cut core

• Laser cut doors and windows - They don't look like they're laser cut!

• Office and warehouse sitting upon a large wharf with track and loading docks board on board clapboard (made easy I promise...)

• Storage yard with large table saw annex and shed

• Separate siding for lumber delivery

• A second wharf with storage shed and large barge derrick

• Ship under construction with planking, gangways, and scaffolding

• Tons of famous SierraWest resin and metal details to junk and clutter the scene

• Cast resin brick and stone retaining walls create the pit for the ship to sit in

• The usual assortment of laser cut goodies, templates, and our wonderful manual

• New simplified weathering techniques for the wood and metal castings

(the results speak for themselves...)

The steam box and boiler are visible in this shot. The ships siding is loaded into the long braced box then steam is pumped in making the wood pliable. Now it can be bent around the ships hull. Simple yet elegant! An electric blower under the table saw blows the sawdust in front of the firebox so it can be shoveled into the boiler for cheap and easy fuel. Scraps from the yard are also consumed. This is a wonderful detail that brings a tremendous amount of authentic character and flavor to the diorama.

The large barge derrick sits ready on the side wharf to unload heavy equipment and supplies into the main yard area. The derrick includes realistic blocks and rigging along with a detailed geared hand crank mechanism. This level of detail would be right at home in any larger scale... Be sure to spot all of the tiny individual hand tools scattered around the diorama. They create a natural depth to the level of realism exhibited here...

The sales and business office provides a wonderful contrast to the rest of the structure. The bright awnings and signage creates a neat scene at the rear of the building. I love to detail all four sides of my kits since I never know just how a diorama may be situated on a layout. This is a great little scene just waiting to be discovered by the observant viewer. The wooden stairway leads up to a small apartment but it sits next to the wood working shop - must have been pretty noisy in there!

The table saw and upper yard storage shed sit at the rear of the diorama. Both provide great opportunities for lots of fine detail and realistic clutter. Working with individual components rather than large cluster type castings allows for more freedom in design placement and ultimately realistic appearance. No compromises need to be made for casting tolerances and mold releases. Individual castings paint and weather better with more prototypical variations and groupings. The cumulative effect is quite obvious when viewing the entire diorama - it is outstanding!

The large main wharf is a busy place. The yardmasters office sits at the end of the wharf and is surrounded by supplies and materials. The large rolled canvas rack is a beautiful detail tucked in the corner against the warehouse. It looks like the plans for the ship are sitting on a crate stack next to the canvas rack.

The back of the yardmasters office and warehouse is lined with discarded old bits of machinery and tools. The fine detail is really evident in the photograph. There is even an old pump behind the barrels. The tank on the roof is used to store pitch. Pitch is important in ship construction and the yard would have gone through a lot of it. A small feed pipe runs at the back of the tank for filling and delivery. Notice that the wharf sits in the scenery base itself and the rock castings actually support the wharf and buildings rather than just sitting underneath them. A subtle but important distinction.

HO Scale Shipyard at Foss' Landing

Kit 106  |  Now Shipping

Everything Pictured is Included Except Track and Scenery

$320 plus shipping and applicable taxes

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