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Miners Union Hall
and
Methodist Church

Publication: Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette
Publication Date: May/June 2010



Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains (BEST) sells two HO scale kits based on prototypes in Bodie, California. Both kits include laser cut wood walls. The Union Halls windows and doors are laser cut, while the church has plastic windows and doors. The kits include corrugated metal or laser cut shingles for the roofs.

The Miners Union Hall is some 15 inches long, and has an inner and outer wall obviating the need for substantial bracing despite the length and size of the walls. However I did add some bracing to correct a slight bowing of the sidewalls. Clever interlocking tabs help strengthen the completed structure, but I had to pay close attention to the alignment of these tabs. The small rear sheds on the main structure give it character. Some modelers may be tempted to shorten their kit, but I must admit that the built following the instruction is impressive. I substituted Paper Creek corrugated siding for the metal roofing in the kit. While my kit as missing two large windows, I encountered no major problems with assembly. The large decal on the front faade required careful handling. There is also a typo in step number 11 it should read 1/32- x 1/8- inch instead of by 1/4 inch. Also, the instructions never indicate when the roof should be glued on.

The Methodist church is a bit more complex because of the belfry, vestry with an unusual roofline, and the front vestibule. My kit did not contain the small pieces of wood to form the belfry floor ceiling. Also, I made the vestry addition as a stand alone shed. I was very pleased with the outcome, and other than adding a Campbell bell to the belfry, made no modifications to the kit. The instructions do not advise when to add the windows and doors, so I added them when the walls were flat. Step 11B refers to HO scale 2x8s that are not provided. I believe the reference should be to the 2x10s in the kit used for the front steps. I weathered my church to reflect one still in use, but not carefully maintained.

Charlie Getz.





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