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Modern mess hut (Faller)


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This model is my second attempt at a mess hut for 'Shelf Marshes'. The first ended up as a pleasant enough structure, but looking more like a village scout hut or sports pavilion. So I have tried a more neutral subject, a straight build of the Faller kit no. 130130 for a snack bar, they call this an 'Imbiss' or 'Imbissbude'. This model represents a prefabricated building, made in two halves and joined together on site:

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The 'joining on site' part went slightly askew for me, only a half millimetre or so wrong but enough to stand out like a sore thumb in photos, so the model has a downpipe here, two pieces of 1mm square styrene:

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I do think the printed interior looks good from this angle. In reality it is a piece of coloured card glued against the inside of the glazing.

 

This is my sixth Faller kit in the last year or so ... I don't have shares in Faller, I just find their Industrial kits will work in a British setting. My only modification to this one was to paint the steel frame in blue to hide the original orange-red. Doing this seems to Anglicise the building quite well. I see plenty of barns and warehouses with blue paintwork, but never orange-red. Also I omitted the roof boards and their advertising slogans because this is supposed to be an in-house facility for railway staff. The warning signs are Sankey Scenics ones for 4mm scale.

 

The paint job here was Halfords grey primer on the steel frames, overpainted with a Tamiya matt acrylic. The roof panels are the same grey primer with no top coat. I left the walls and window frames unpainted, and finally finished off the whole model with a dusting of Humbrol matt varnish. This hides the worst of the coloured-plastic look.

 

I need to have a think about the foundation for this model. I think, some thick card to represent a concrete pad.

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That looks really good for such a simple structure. Having built one of the Gaugemaster (which I think are actually also Faller?) Aldi supermarket kits recently, I agree about the effectiveness of the printed card behind the windows. You're right about the blue, orange would have been too much! I think I'd be tempted to add door frames around the doors though. I think that would be more common on a UK building - and might make them appear slightly taller too to further disguise its HO origin

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21 minutes ago, JDW said:

That looks really good for such a simple structure. Having built one of the Gaugemaster (which I think are actually also Faller?) Aldi supermarket kits recently, I agree about the effectiveness of the printed card behind the windows. You're right about the blue, orange would have been too much! I think I'd be tempted to add door frames around the doors though. I think that would be more common on a UK building - and might make them appear slightly taller too to further disguise its HO origin

 

Faller are Faller, but Gaugemaster sell some of the kits under their own branding. When I opened the 'Gaugemaster' model of Mortimer GWR station a few weeks ago (the old Pola kit, and Pola were taken over by Faller) there was even a Faller QC ticket inside.

 

I am happy to have outward-opening doors, for example going one size smaller to a transportable welfare unit I photographed last year we have these:

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I could ponder whether the doors on my model should be recessed inside frames, but really it is a bit late to change them now. I am happy with the sizes for my own layout, because it is to 1:87 scale :-)

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A while back I fixed a real life jointed on site one that went askew with a lot of duct tape and a couple of cans of squirty foam. Still leaked a bit, but it was only going to be there a couple of years . 

 

Looks good to me.

 

 

 

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Well, you've made a right mess of that!:locomotive:

 

A very neat build. As you say, the interior is very convincing.

 

Interesting that the Mortimer station has a Faller QC ticket inside. Wasn't it a Pola kit at one time? The model railway business is becoming ever more convoluted.

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Yes Pola did two kits for Mortimer, one for the main station building and one for the platform shelter opposite. Faller took over Pola, and Gaugemaster have Faller producing the Pola kit for the main station building.

 

A mate has sent me the kit for the platform shelter, this is only available as a Pola kit, second hand or as old new stock now. Curiously the box includes two sections of station platform and these are of the low Continental style.

 

- Richard.

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Thanks for the information Richard. Will we be seeing Mortimer on Shelf Island?  

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On 05/10/2021 at 19:58, Mikkel said:

Thanks for the information Richard. Will we be seeing Mortimer on Shelf Island?  

I think Mortimer would be better as a static diorama. Perhaps build it on a chunk of extruded polystyrene or similar house insulation board. I find passenger trains rather unwieldy things. Shelf Island has its tram and the line will get a railbus one day. The line gets steam excursions too but they dominate the layout and have to be removed (via the Train-Safe) before anything else can run.

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