Milo Valley Farm - modifying the base kit, part 1

by brae  

Bashing a kit is an organic process for me.  I like the trial and error method the best.  Many of my ideas have come from happy accidents.  :]  This is the reason my builds tend to stay in dry fit for so long...often for I figure out processes and solutions to problems.

With the car model now selected, I can work on modifying the overall size of the barn.  The 1:12 Datsun will be roughly 14.25" long according to the info I've been able to find online.  The interior depth of the kit is roughly 15.25", which is not a lot of wiggle room.  I will add 1" to the back, shown here in foam core board.

The 2" gap between the car length and the room inside the barn should be enough.  The car will be parked mainly down the middle, but the wide door should allow for slightly offset placement as well.  My thought is this is a shed on a larger property.  This isn't the main barn.

When I was young, I lived on a farm (now a built-up suburb), and it had all these old sorts of places.  Here is one such example from some photos taken around the time we moved.  I'll have to scour some of my parents' photo albums for more pics...I'm sure there are a few from when we actually lived there.  The main house was the inspiration for The Haunted Heritage.

the main barn with side buildings

smaller sheds on the property

I will also be adding a removable back wall.  I made two for Baslow Ranch - one for the barn and one for the room for rent, but I know more now.  If I could change one thing about that build it would be to have the removable walls be part of the build and not just propped against the back.  For this build, I'm thinking channel molding and a sliding wall.  :]  This will add 3/8" to the exterior measurement beyond the added 1" for the depth.

The stone texture will add roughly 1/4" in thickness all the way around the foundation.  I've already noted to scoot the back of the foundation 1/4" away from the back edge of the base board to accommodate the stone.  I thought it would look odd to have a painted back foundation, so I will carry the stone all the way around the back.

This means I need to add 2.5" to the front of the foundation.  Back to the scrap wood stash....

What about the landscaping foam, you ask?  I just marked the outline and cut away the necessary amount.  The floor board will hide the foam at the front, no problem.  The landscaping will continue to be modified as the build goes on.  Besides, I need a rabbit hole for Friedrich now.  :D

The mdf side walls are 1/4" thick so they will sit directly above the stone finish except for a tiny bit on the elevated foundation.  This isn't an issue since the side walls will be glued to the floor board and ceiling beams.  On the off chance there ever is any sagging of the walls, floor or roof, it will just work in my favor.  :D

For the ease of measuring, I've placed the side walls against the base foundation since they are the same thickness as the stone finish.  I plan to keep the kit door frame, but the sliding glass door obviously won't work for a barn.  This leaves me with front wall inserts 2 7/16" wide.  I like to use foam core board when making changes instead of just cutting the kit down.  Helps me work out an idea without ruining any kit pieces in the process.

I'd like the use the side windows on the front, which will work here.  The windows will require some filler around them, so will cut completely new inserts 9 3/4" tall to fill the space under the front cross beam.

As an aside, I type out all these measurements in my blog not so much for my audience but for myself.  That way I don't have to write them down anywhere; I can just look them up on the blog.

I cut down the original floor board to fit the new dimensions plus a little additional in length, just in case.  I will cut this down after I fine tune the rest of the build.  Some of the excess from the floor board was used to make the back extensions for the side walls so that the material matches seamlessly in thickness.  I glued this on with wood glue.

Interestingly, the other remaining piece from the floor board ended up being the exact width of the front wall inserts!  :O  Unfortunately, there was only enough length to cut one from this piece.  I cut the other front wall insert from the unused deck board.  It's half the thickness of the other wall/floor materials, so I needed two layers.

Now for the ceiling support beams.  Since I want the door to remain centered, I needed to make my adjustments to the ends.  I like the tabs for stability, so I cut those into the shortened ends.  I will also need to cut the wood supplemental support beams, but I will wait until I'm further along for that.

Since I used the side windows up front, I will cut larger openings to use the front windows on the sides.  My Trio cutting bit has bitten the dust (haaaa!), and I await replacements so I can cut all the window openings.  :D

I need to adjust the fit of the door frame since I'm using thinner wall inserts.  The front-to-back beams still work because I didn't change the location of the cross beams when I added the 1" in length to the back.

Looks like there is plenty of room in the barn without having a ton of space to fill.  I'll have enough to make it look like forgotten clutter but not so much as to overwhelm.  A fine balance.

That should do it for now.


Comment from: Janice [Visitor]
Love this project. What a fabulous place to grow up too.
03/21/15 @ 15:46
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
03/21/15 @ 17:24
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]
The dry fit is looking really good! I like the way it fits into the landscaping (and Friedrich definitely needs his own hole!) The spacing in the barn does look like just the right amount of space and it looks like you will have a really nice view inside through the barn door. Hopefully your cutting bit gets there soon :)
03/21/15 @ 18:30
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Looking good!
03/22/15 @ 03:34

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