Diorama and Pilot Model Designed and Constructed by Brett Gallant
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the Award Winning

Shipyard at Foss Landing

HO Scale Limited Edition Craftsman Kit Number 106

Shipyard Diorama Measures 18" x 17" as Pictured
Released August 2010 | Sold Out

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.

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I founded SierraWest in 1995 and have been a one man operation since day one. I make everything by hand to my exacting standards and know you will be pleased with your kit! I will never sacrifice quality for speed and always provide exceptional customer service and support including fast response to emails and phone calls. I am always here if you have any questions so please feel free to contact me anytime before or after you order. Thank you sincerely for you support! The attention to the smallest detail is evident. The story telling is paramount in the development of each new kit. Instructions are provided leading you through every phase of construction including tool selection, assembly, weathering and aging, diorama composition, and scenery creation and application. It is of the utmost of importance to me that the techniques I develop and utilize are reproducible for modelers of all experience levels. When you view the pictures of the Shipyard remember this. SierraWest kits are unique in the level and amount of detail provided. Since all four sides are fully detailed, you have a ton of flexibility in placement and view-ability.