Archives for: "March 2019"

Rare find

by brae  

Along the way of researching, I often run into old books due to the era I choose to emulate in my builds.  Making a turn of the century mail wagon led me on such a journey.  There are other books I'll mention, but this one is a true gem.  It's called… more »

Ivy Hollow - more trials

by brae  

I decided to build the walls on top of the floor board instead of having it inset.  I will have to be more careful to make things square when I assemble, but this gives an additional 5/8" in interior wall height and solves some issues I could foresee… more »

Ivy Hollow - first draft

by brae  

After the initial dry fit, I bought some foam core board to make a more complete mockup.  Using the original side walls as a guide, I traced the new pitch and depth. I cut new side walls, roof panels and front wall.  I taped the windows in place for… more »

Ivy Hollow

by brae  

That's the name I've chosen for the town where my little post office stands.  :]  I usually pull names from pet companions, past or present, or other sentimental connections.  My current dwarf hamster friend is Ivy, hence the town name.  I didn't choose… more »

Mail Wagon - part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the Mail Wagon.  After my visit to the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, I was even more inspired to make the mail wagon as realistic as possible.  If you do a google search for RFD mail wagons, you will find a wide array of vehicles.… more »

Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum

by brae  

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I visited the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum at the Wade House historical site in Greenbush, WI.  It's a 20,000 square-foot museum with some of the finest carriages and displays I've seen.  It has been cold and snowy… more »

Realife Country Store fixtures - part 1

by brae  

Realife kits are no longer produced, but they are fairly easy to find at mini shows and on eBay.  Some cost more than others, but you can usually find a deal eventually with some patience.  My post office will need a post office teller/sorter, and I… more »

Mail Wagon - part 1

by brae  

Today, I did a dry fit of the mail wagon.  To say the instructions are lacking is an understatement.  You are given a blueprint drawing and a typed list of instructions. There are no photos or diagrams of the steps, and the kit photo is minuscule and… more »