|Clever Models P/N S43 American Steel Pipe Works|
From the blurb on the Clever Models website – “American Steel is typical of mill buildings found all over the U.S. It is a low-relief kit, meant to fit against a backdrop. That doesn’t mean that it has less detail. Another great kit for experienced or beginning modelers. This is a relatively big model as illustrated by comparing it to the HO vehicles in the picture. (Not included) This kit is easily modified and extended. It combines with other Clever models industrial kits to create large complexes. It’s also available on the “steel industrial bldg” DVD.The piping shown is also something added by the builder of this model.“
The model is available in O, S, HO and N scales. I will be building the HO version for my buddy Gary Wise.
|Thom and David Miecznikowski design the Clever Models kits to be complete – cardstock also acting as internal stiffeners resulting in a nice, sturdy model. I’m pointing that out since I follow a different path – just the way I prefer to build these models and in no way saying my method is better.|
I added a strip across the lower portion and a couple at the top to form the roof.
You might well ask – “Why is that lower stiffener up so high? The answer is simple – I’ve found that if you glue a piece of foam to the layout so the structure straddles it .. it holds that structure in place nicely but allows it to be removed if necessary. One of the corollaries to Murphy’s Laws (or I suppose it might be a law itself) is that – “If you will never have to work on a structure ever again – and glue it permanently to the layout – you will have to work on it .. again.”
|Opening the Windows|
|This is the opening you can see if the prior photo – I cut around the windows and framing. Notice that there is VERY LITTLE between the top of the large doors and the bottom of the window. These kinds of buildings the walls are there to provide a place to stick the windows, doors and keep out the weather so you don’t have (at least in this case) a structural member separating that door and window. That means I need to reinforce this area before cutting any more.|
|Finished up the build. This is the point that I will pass this off to Gary Wise and let him finish any added pipes, vents and weathering.|