South Front Street

The main drag in Pomeroy was known as Front Street, which later became Main Street. In the garden, a curve effectively separates the street into a North and South section. On the inside of the garden are the church and cemetery, the town park, a gas station and a structure to be selected later! The other side (which abuts the edge of the garden) will contain building fronts that are about 3 inches deep. They're more like what you'd see in a diorama.

I had purchased a number of exceptionally nice 1:24 castings from Dayna Williamson of Trainstuff with the intention of getting more as funds became available. Well, according to her website, she's gone out of business and, despite three attempts to contact her, she appears to have disappeared as well. On to Plan B.

I liked the looks of some of the Piko structures even though they're 1:22.5 (or smaller). So we decided on a compromise of sorts. North Front will be 1:24; South Front will be 1:22.5.  South Front is about 7 feet long; North Front comes out to just a bit more than 8 feet.

When you consider that the kits are only 6 to 10 inches wide, that comes out to a number of building fronts. Rather then buy entire kits and toss 60% of them I opted to  make resin casings of a couple of basic kits then to bash them so the place doesn't look like an early version of Levittown! I know this may not sound totally moralistic, but I did try to get bits and pieces from Piko. It also seems that not all of the Piko kits are to the same scale; the Pleasantown series seems to be just a tad smaller than the standard buildings. The mix-and-match parts came from four different kits. The bank will be totally from scratch.

Diddling with the ruler and pencil, I came up with a profile for South Front. I wanted to keep the smaller buildings on the lower end of town.

Some revisions were necessitated as we went along. This was the final version:

For the base I used a chunk of treated 1 x 6 and strengthened it with a piece of the metal that passes for wall studs these days.

The sidewalk was made from resin castings, using the Applied Imagination brick for a pattern and mold.

The white is the original, the blue is the mold and the red pieces are sidewalk panels, each about 16 inches long. They've gotten one coat of paint here. A second followed. They were glued to the 1 x 6 using an industrial adhesive.

Some of the buildings are here:

Above is a basic Piko Pleasantown kit with a different second story covered in Garden-Texture shingles.

Again, Piko basically. The building base is a casting that's been narrowed a bit. The full-size is at right.

Pleasantown base, from scratch second floor with Grandt Line windows.

Single floor building here to house the power company. The casting is supposed to be a second floor for a building.

Some of the bigger buildings are multiple castings:

As you can see, the lower left is the original, the others are resin copies. The partial sidewalls are  left-over parts from the original kits. From the outside it looks like this:

Lower windows are modified Piko, door is scratch built, upper windows are again Grandt Line. If the vertical seam is too obvious, I figure I can always hide it with a downspout. Since the street is on a hill, all of the buildings need some kind of wedge-shape foundation. It's more obvious with the wider ones.

When put together, this part of the street will look like this: (from the left end -- series of 3 pictures.)

Still needed are the roofs and cornices, a door, some window glazing, a couple of balconies and maybe an awning or so. The building names are printed on paper to see how they might look in vinyl lettering. Just a couple of the store fronts will have pictures printed for interiors with a GOW bulb for lighting. I don't run much at night, and since you can't get any closer than 6 feet to the building fronts, I don't think much interior detail is necessary.

3/08

Update:  Never did get around to interior lighting. The joints between the sidewalk sections have been troublesome, but the average visitor can't really tell. As with all buildings, there's always routine maintenance to be done.

10/15