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Wanting to build a gas station in 1/25 scale

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Wanting to build a gas station in 1/25 scale
Posted by Bdeaton48 on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 9:03 PM

I'm wanting to start adding buildings to put with my model cars, and was wondering the best way to make a 1/25 scale of an old time gas station. Recently, I have gotten into the whole Route 66 mystique, going as far as getting a documentary of Route 66, and I guess falling in love with the different changes that are found along the way. As I was watching the doc, there was an old Standard Oil Co. station in Odell, Illinois that looked pretty cool to me. To make a long story short, I was curious how to take a real building, and make it into a 1/25 scale replica. Do you get the dimensions of the real building, and divide the inches by 25? I want the scene to look as realistic as possible. Thanks. 

Brad Deaton 

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Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 9:15 AM

My suggestion would be to look back through some of the past posts in this topic and see what some of the others have done.  Another idea would be to look through some Model Railroading magazines and books for ideas on how to build a building.  Also I am sure Kalmbach publishing would also have books available.  Good luck in your building.  For me the research is a large part of the fun of building.  

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Posted by Bdeaton48 on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:13 AM

Thanks for the suggestion. I did some more digging last night and found a scale calculator to help put dimensions in different scales: 1\25 1\32 1\16 etc

Brad Deaton 

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Posted by peanutgallery on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:51 PM

There use to be an advertiser in Scale Auto called Modeljunkyard that sold DVD and books on how to build a vintage 1:25 scale Texaco gas station

Dennis

 

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Posted by my_ol55 on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:09 PM
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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Sunday, January 24, 2016 3:52 AM

Just a couple of ideas...

Converting 1:1 to 1:25 - I measure the 1:1 object in inches, and put that down in millimeters for 1:25 scale (since an inch is 25.4 mm).

Search for a build here on the dio forum called someting like 'Texaco station in 1977'. I think he actually went there and measured the building, made drawings in Autocad, printed out the drawings and copied/traced the blueprint onto the gatorboard (?) he used for the building.

You can take pictures of a building, square from each side if you can, and if there is one object in the picture whose size you know (eg. you set down a yard/meter long stick by the wall) you can measure everything off the picture on your screen at home. I draw a grid over an image using Paint (a Windows drawing program) that helps measure what is what. I just place a plastic ruler over the screen... Embarrassed

If you take screenshots out of the documentary you mentioned, and the images are from an angle, you can get (an old cheap version of) Photoshop and 'stretch' the image square, so that you can take detail/section measurements off it.

For an overall floor plan / roof outline of a building even a google satellite image can be of help, if the resolution is good enough.

Hope these help...

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Posted by dshue on Sunday, March 13, 2016 3:43 PM

The "Joe's Power Plus" kit is a good starting point if you aren't looking to copy an exact building. It comes with plenty of shop items.

It can be added onto easy enough. Lots can be done with it to customize it to your needs.

Doug

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 10:29 AM

Hmmm;

Will it be full service ? O.C.G.

gjgeracci
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Posted by BEDLAM on Monday, April 11, 2016 8:20 AM

Check out my thread..... It might give you some ideas.....

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/39/t/123026.aspx

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Posted by High octane on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 7:58 PM

I had heard that the old MRC Joe's Power Plus or Texaco Station was to be re-issued this year.

High octane

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Posted by Bdeaton48 on Sunday, May 08, 2016 12:11 AM

Thanks for the input and ideas. Yes, I'm looking at getting the Texaco station kit, because it really fits into what I'm wanting to do: somewhat recreate a little bit of the old Route 66 atmosphere. 

Brad Deaton 

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Posted by jdhbigdog61 on Friday, May 27, 2016 5:28 PM
I'm currently building that same Texaco diorama.. Having a lot of fun with it... Built mine using sheet styrene and foamboard.. I would however recommend that you make the building a little deeper than plans.. Once you add detail like garage items the cars fitting in will be a tight squeeze.. Good luck and have fun with it.
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Posted by jbwelda on Monday, May 30, 2016 3:04 PM

If you are looking for that Texaco station, PM me, I have one that I will never build, maybe we can set up a trade. Thanks  jb

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Posted by peanutgallery on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 6:36 PM

jdhbigdog61
......I would however recommend that you make the building a little deeper than plans.. Once you add detail like garage items the cars fitting in will be a tight squeeze..
 

 

Good point....My first garage dio I miss calculated the width of each bay...therefore it be almost impossible to open a car door if it was a  1:1 garage

Dennis

 

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Posted by ford fan on Monday, August 15, 2016 2:31 AM

I'm part of a French modeling forum too & a friend of mine built a great service-station recently :

http://www.koolestkruzers.com/t5035-station-texaco-estimee-terminee

If you have questions, please send them to me & I'll forward them to my friend.

I'm building one myself but it is aside for the moment since I'm working on other projects.

 

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