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Halle Marchandise en bois

by Simon Cox
Simon Cox, Author

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Model Railways

Halle Marchandise en bois
A plaster model kit of a classic French wooden goods shed.

French meter gauge goods shed

I was invit­ed to dis­play one of my lay­outs as part of the cel­e­bra­tions at the Frois­sy Dom­pierre Light Rail­way in France a few years ago. Whilst there I picked up a plas­ter cast kit of a clas­sic wood­en goods shed often found on the meter gauge lines with the idea that I would build a small lay­out for the La Meuse loco­mo­tive. The kit is from the arti­san man­u­fac­tur­er Col­in­ter Pro­duc­tions based in Ver­dun, North­ern France. The kit is HO but I will be using it at 4mm to the foot so it might appear to be a lit­tle small to some peo­ple. I will claim artis­tic licence for any that men­tion it.

My French is abysmal. How­ev­er, the kit was straight­for­ward enough — the plas­ter cast­ing need­ing only a minor clean up to remove flash­ing and unwant­ed cast residue. The roof is cor­ru­gat­ed card­board — this could be sub­sti­tut­ed for bet­ter look­ing wig­gly tin or a prop­er tile roof but I built my ver­sion as is. One side of the roof is larg­er than the oth­er — I thought this was a mis­take until I found plen­ty of pro­to­type pho­tos on the web.

I have not put togeth­er a plas­ter kit before so exper­i­ment­ed with PVA and end­ed up using Evo­stick Ultra which appears to have done the job. There are 4 walls and the office that go on the base so the bulk is quite sim­ple. The roof takes a lit­tle bit of thought and almost caught me out as it is actu­al­ly deep­er on one side — I had to check pho­tos of pro­to­types online to make sure this wasn’t a mis­take. The roof truss­es and beams are from the sup­plied strip wood and rest of lin­tels on the side walls.

I have applied the first paint over the black under­coat using most­ly dry brush­ing tech­niques and need to con­sid­er the details for the final fin­ish before I get this project back on the workbench.


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