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posted Apr 5, 2011: 

I had gotten this base for a barn off ebay.
It was just the foundation and it was missing two of the support columns for a big overhanging barn.
They said this was built by their Grandfather back in the 40's or 50's. Whoever built it did an excellent job on it.

I didn't want a barn as big as this had so I made the barn width the same as the foundation and only made it overhang out the back.
This is as far as I had gotten with it back then.

You can see the holes in the base where the two missing columns were at the corners of the cleared area along side the foundation.

This side of the foundation had two nice windows in it and the remaining support column on this corner.
I used that column to determine how far the barn would overhang the foundation and turned down a matching column for the other corner of the barn.

Here's the front of the barn with a nice ramp leading up to it and the structure detail of the inside back wall.

A couple of photos of the unfinished side of the barn and the barn interior.

I wasn't a member of any forums back then so I wasn't taking photos of this during construction to share with all of you.
However, I did take this one photo of our "barn cat" checking to see if the floor was strong enough.

A view under the overhang showing the two doors in the foundation and the unfinished support column on the right corner.

I used spackling putty to finish the support column to make it look like it is made out of concrete like the existing column.
Then I used round head straight pins for door knobs on the doors.

I finished the wood plank siding on the barn and also put door knobs on these two doors.

Two supports for the roof are cut from a 3/4 inch board and clamped to the inside of the barn ends.
Then the top two roof sections were cut from 1/8 inch plywood and glued to the supports.
They were also screwed down to hold them in place while the glue dries.
There is a gap left in the center between the two roof sections.
This is so I can force the center of the two roof sections down and together so it makes the center peak of the roof sag like a real old barn would.
The roof sections are held together in the center with the masking tape while the glue dries.

Here is a side view so you can see the sag in the barn roof.

The grain silo is going to be made out of a section of plastic drain pipe.
I turned it down on the lathe to form banding straps on the side.

It will have the older style wood roof cap instead of the newer rounded metal roof cap.
I glued a balsa wood base to the top of the silo and then glued a smaller plastic cap to the base.
Then I cut tapered strips of wood and started gluing them on to form the lower sides of the roof cap.

A square strip of wood is screwed to the side of the silo to form the base for building the access section up the side of the silo.
The lower part of the roof cap is finished around to where it is ready to connect to the access section.

The silo has the roof finished and painted.

I built up a shed for the bottom of the silo and put corner moldings on.

This shed is just a block of wood that is trimmed with poster board and balsa wood.
Here is the finished shed.

This bolts to the bottom of the silo.

this is the part that runs from the barn to the silo and would hold the grain auger.
It is made out of a chunk of wood and covered with spackling putty to make it look like concrete.
I wrapped the silo with plastic wrap so the spackling would form to the contour of the silo but not stick to it.

I removed the window that was in this wall and put it in the side wall between the two doors.
That square section on the back of the silo fits into this old window opening to hold the silo in place.

The ground in front of the barn where I want the silo to go is rough and angled up away from the foundation.
I cut out an area and opened it up to the base.

Then I used balsa wood to build an area that is flat and level for the silo to sit on.

This is also covered with spackling putty so it looks like a concrete pad.

Once that was dry, I stained the pad to look old.
Then I filled the ground back in around it using the scraps of earth that had been cut out.
The grass around the barn is going to eventually be stained to shades of green so it will all blend in together.

Here is the finished silo sitting in place.

The top sections of the roof are finished and the two side sections are on.
The one side is getting a dormer.

I mounted a sliding door track over the opening in the front of the barn.
Then I made up a door and fastened it to the front of the barn.
Here's how it looks so far with the barn painted.

I picked up this metal windmill off ebay to put with the barn.

The windmill is going up in the corner where the ground is climbing uphill.
I cut a square of ground out so I can put in a mounting base for the windmill.
The underside of the edges of the cut out area are supported with blocks of wood that are glued in place.

Then I cut out a block of wood that sits down into the hole.

The edges of this block are trimmed with wood strips so they fit the contour of the ground.
Then the top was sanded smooth and coated with a thin layer of spackling putty.
The putty was stained to make it look like old concrete and four holes were drilled for the legs of the windmill to fit into.
A round area around each hole was painted black to represent base of the mounting pads for the windmill.

I took the pump handle off a O-scale water pump and mounted it in the center of the concrete pad.

The bottom 1/2 inch of the legs on the windmill were also painted black to represent the mounting pad pipes sticking out of the concrete.
I used a piece of mig wire from the welder to mount in the top center of the windmill and in the top of the pump for the pump rod.
The whole windmill and base can be removed by itself.

I'm making a wood water tank to set in front of the windmill.

The water tank is mounted and I built a concrete water trough to carry the water from the pump to the tank.

The barn roof is finished off with metal roofing panels.
I searched on the internet and found some photos of old barn signs so I printed these out to put on the sides.
Here is the finished barn.

This is the rope for lifting things up into the loft.
It runs over a pulley and thru a hole above the doors.

The front is decorated with a stare painted in flag colors.

A closer view of the small sign on the corner of the barn.

Jim M
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posted Apr 10, 2011: 

You did a great job on this structure and the entire scene as well. It looks fantastic.
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posted Apr 10, 2011: 

Agreed, and thanks so much for sharing! I know how much extra effort it takes to share all these in-progress photos and describe how you did it, and we sure do appreciate it. Excellent project and tutorial.

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posted Apr 10, 2011: 

Nice, very nice ! Great job and great ideas. What size PVC pipe did you use and how did you chuck it in the lathe ?
Thanks for sharing.

Mark B
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posted Oct 20, 2011: 

Knockout job. You really nailed it and the silo work, etc., appears to even satisfy the local building inspector. I just finished a project putting old 1950's sign on my bait shop. I was originally looking for old barn signs but did not think of that set of words when Googling. Here is how it came out today. I left the signs looking newer as they are part of the era of my train.

Mark B.

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posted Jun 10, 2016: 

Fantastic barn!
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posted Jun 10, 2016: 

Thanks guys. I appreciate your comments.

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