Salisbury Point Station

Publication: Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society Newsletter
Publication: Modelers Notes
Publication Date: (unpublished - April 1998)

By Bob Warren

Another B&M structure produced by Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains (BEST) in conjunction with the Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society.

This laser cut kit consists of a small enclosed station, a fine choice for a flag stop or branch line station complete with storage shed and outhouse.

Construction is similar to that employed with BESTs B& M Signal Tower kit released last year. The major components, i.e., sides, ends, window and door openings, frames, window mullions are all laser cut. The only cutting and fitting the modeler has to accomplish is the wide overhang pieces on the ends, the trim around the roof on all three structures, as well as applying the adhesive backed shingles.

The instruction booklet that accompanies the kit spells out the assembly sequence however a modeler with some experience with these type kits may elect to follow their own assembly sequence.

One of the unique aspects of the station structure is the wide overhang on the front/back and ends that is created with the large width pieces of precut wood. It is important that the station structure be assembled squarely so that these overhanging pieces are equally spaced on each end. This will insure that the roof stock fits squarely.

It has been the writers approach when working with kits that are to resemble wooden structures is to apply a thin coat of sanding sealer on all pieces prior to assembly. This reduces the wood grain to a more realistic size for the scale. Airbrush application works well for a uniform coating (if you use an air brush). After the sanding sealer has dried rub the large pieces with a very fine (000) steel wool, draw the trim stock thru the steel wool to avoid breaking the stock. If you dont apply sanding sealer its a good idea to remove the hairlike fuzz with steel wool prior to assembly. Those pieces of the kit that are laser cut all have two nubs along the laser cut edge where the kit piece is held to the carrier piece. Use a new razor or X-acto knife blade to remove same by gently cutting away the nub. It isnt very big so work carefully.

Due to the manner in which the wood stock is cut with the laser beam, the ends that are cut often appear burnt. Before painting its suggested that such ends are first sanded down to raw wood so when painted such ends will not appear darker then the rest of the piece.

Since the structure is painted in two colors (buff [depot buff] and tuscan [tuscan red]) I elected to paint all the pieces prior to assembly. The basic wall structures for all the structures were first painted buff. After dry, the station sides and end were masked off and the tuscan applied. This approach is easier than attempting to paint the structures and trim pieces after assembly. To facilitate the painting, all pieces were affixed to a piece of cardboard with double sided scotch tape prior to painting. Those that required painting on both sides were held with a pin forced into the end and then with a spring type clothes pin.

Adding more detail the structures calls for creating nail holes with a pin. A pair of dividers with steel pins in both halves works very well. Just set the divider as small as possible for the width of the individual boards, using a rule, press the divider points into each board creating a set of equally spaced nail holes.

The window panes with their 2" scale mullions are best painted after assembly to the window frame. When cutting the plastic window stock, insure that the cut piece doesnt hang over any part of the window mullion else you wont be able to insert the mullion/frame assembly in the precisely cut window hole. A jewelers crystal cement* was used to affix the window stock to the mullion. This cement comes in a small tube with a very fine tip which works great for this type of application. Nor does it fog up the window stock as ACC type cements are apt to do.

Its a good idea to test fit any part of the kit that is cemented in place, such as the windows and doors prior to cementing.

After the three structures are fully assembled dont forget to touch up the raw or cut edges of the trim stock (if you prepainted prior to assembly). Likewise paint the edges of the roof material prior to affixing the shingles in place.

Start shingling with the station since it uses the longest pieces, saving the smaller pieces for the storage shed and outhouse.

No information was provided with the kit regarding the color the chimney affixed in place after shingling. The choice is yours, although a Terra Cotta color would be more representative of the typical red brick.

Its nice to see kits coming on the market that are B&M prototypes and your purchase of same can only indicate to BEST that there is a market for such kits.

*available from Micro Mark and/or jeweler supply houses.


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