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Clugston's Country Store

Martin Brechbiel Annandale, VA

      I've finally completed the second of what I can only term "large structures" since they seem to dominate and to completely take over my workshop. This continues on my theme of building a representation of the CVRR branch line that ran up to Richmond Furnace. And, since I'm working on a layout in O scale in a relatively small space I've designed the one “island” to function in a modular / lift-out fashion so that I can not only alter the scenes, but to also accommodate the structure that I build.

The photos show my most recent building, “Clugston's Store”. I had always planned on having a sizeable country store and working from a collection of memories from my youth along with several visits to some of the remaining stores in Franklin County, PA, I designed and built something to capture the flavor and feel of that mélange. And, yes, there actually is a real Clugston's, but it is a rather different structure that I may revisit with camera and measuring stick in hand.

The store was very nearly completely assembled board by board: sill plates, side sills, stud walls, floor joists, rafters, porch & decking, etc are all individual boards including the exterior clapboard and the board and batten siding. I still use scribed siding for the floors though. Windows and doors (modified and glazed) were from Grandt Line or Gould co.. A full interior on both floors was installed with a long list of details, including the store counters and display cases from Banta Modelworks and a Post office that I created working from some castings from Berkshire Valley. The second floor living space was populated with furniture, most of which were either castings, or laser-cut kits; though the one large table I made from some walnut. The foundation and chimney were built-up from individual “stones”. The chimney really is individual ceramic bricks. The roof is metal roofing cut to appropriate dimensions. The front porch is loaded up with removable display racks (strip wood and sheet) loaded up with Hamm river castings. The back porch / loading dock is occupied with a large selection of casting and people along with a crane from Model Tech that underwent considerable modification.

Photos were taken by Clint Hyde on this one.

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