FSM Kit #155 – Laying the track

Today I continued my work on the classic Fine Scale Miniatures kit #155 Old Time Coal Dock.  I added the track bed and track in front of the structure as well as prepared the base for landscaping, which will come next.

Here’s a video that details the work I did today.  Hope you enjoy!


FSM Kit #155 – Installing the Hopper Roof

Today I continue my work on the classic Kit #155 Old Time Coal Dock by Fine Scale Miniatures.  I’m installing the roof on the coal hopper structure.

I start by creating the three roof trusses following the original FSM templates. Then these are carefully installed on the structure.

Then it’s time to put on the roof boards.  Although the original instructions didn’t suggest weathering them, I decided to add some stress to the boards along with the occasional splits and cracks.

I debated and debated, and finally decided to use the original FSM shingle sheet material that came with the kit.  The sheet consists of several rows of die-cut shingle outlines with instructions on how to cut them out.  Before cutting, I decided to paint mine with Floquil water-based Dirt color, which gave them a more natural wood shake color.

After the paint completely dried, I cut them out and followed George’s original suggestion of trimming some shingles to create uneven lengths.

Then it was time to install the shingles.  I did mine with wood glue applied along the top edge above the shakes.  I left some holes in the runs to let some of the underlying wood boards show through.

I gave the roof a coat of dark India-ink stain brushed liberally top to bottom.  I dry-brushed on some subtle stains from top to bottom using Floquil water-based Grimy Black color.  After this dried, I pried up some shakes keeping wind direction in mind.  Finally, I dry brushed some Concrete color from bottom to top to highlight the edges of the shakes.

I made a video of the process of installing the roof.  It’s kind of long at 22 minutes, but the process is a long one from roof trusses to final shingle detailing.  In reality it took me practically the whole day to complete:

Here is a photo that shows the current state of the model after today’s work:

Next time I will be installing the track in front of the structure and landscaping – I’m close to completing this marvelous coal dock.

FSM Kit #155 – Laying the Track and Final Details

To finish up today on my construction of the classic Fine Scale Miniatures kit #155 the Old Time Coal Dock, I laid the tracks across all three substructures, then I hand spiked the rails, and finally I put in the last of the detail castings and signs along with some miniature workers.

I used 2-part 5 minute epoxy to install the wood supports below the rails.  Then I used the same epoxy to glue on the rails.  What you don’t see in the video is me fussing with the HO scale track gauge and repositioning the rails to be sure ore cars can run on these tracks some day.

The next step will be to build and install the hopper roof, but that’s for another weekend.  See you next time.

Here’s what the coal dock looks like so far:

FSM Kit #155 – Detailing the Hopper Deck


Today in my continuing work on Fine Scale Miniatures kit #155 the Old Time Coal Dock, I’m adding detail castings to the deck of the main hopper structure.

I use 2 part epoxy for gluing the castings to the deck and walls.  Any excess that happens to ooze out from under them can be touched up with Floquil Flat Finish.

FSM Kit #155 – Details added to Coal Dock

Recently I’ve been working on a classic Fine Scale Miniatures kit #155, the Old Time Coal Dock.  I have most of the three structures completed for the dock and today added detail in the coal pit.

Today I detailed the pit area with castings, and I detailed the coal buckets with scale coal, which is just black colored ballast.