On the IAIS Grimes Line I was able to make significantly-sized photo backdrops work for non rail-served buildings, notably Reams Foods in Clive. For The Hills Line, I’m finding better success with building flats or partial structures. I’m chalking up the change to the difference in industries between the two locales.
I used Pikestuff building parts for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and MidAmerican Substation warehouses in Iowa City. Both were designed as one inch-thick flats, and were relatively simple and straightforward builds. Neither will ever win awards, but as backdrop structures that will ultimately be blocked by the City Carton Recycling complex they more than meet my needs.
I was fortunate to be able to model both structures to their scale length, again reinforcing the prototype mass that is missed far to often on model railroads, especially ones representing the modern era. Wall segments were spliced together with styrene plates and the seams were filled with modeler’s putty.
Painting was done with rattle spray cans. The selection of colors available meets and in some cases exceeds what’s available from model paint suppliers at a significant cost savings.
The MidAmerican warehouse also received a concrete foundation. Both warehouses will be ultimately attached on the layout base and surrounded by a gravel lot to hide any gaps.
I’m waiting for some additional detail parts to arrive before I complete the weathering and surrounding areas. Then I’ll be able to put the finishing touches on this scene.