Freight Station by POLA

By Ty’s Model Railroad - 7/24/2011 03:17:00 PM

Completed HO Scale POLA Freight Station sitting on top of its original box

I’ve taken a little break from my layout and instead decided to spend the last few weeks trying my hand at my very first model building. The last time I put together any kind of model was a couple car kits that I built when I was in my early teens. This kit was given to me by my partner who found it mixed in with a bunch of junk at a local thrift store. The kit is an old POLA-HO Freight Station, model #557. I was surprised to find that all the pieces intact inside the kit and nothing was missing except a couple small accessories. This would be a perfect practice kit!

HO Scale POLA Freight Station original box

The kit was missing its instruction manual but it was pretty self explanatory how everything went together. I did however change a few things with the roof. I didn’t like how far the roof extended out from the front of the building to cover the loading deck and how it extended the full length of the building. This overhang covered too much of the first floor windows and doors so I cut it back and removed the overhang between the first and second floors.

Completed HO Scale POLA Freight Station sitting on top of its original box

I used Humbrol enamel paints mixed at 1:1 with paint thinner. Recalling my plastic car models from when I was younger, I remember never really worked successfully with enamel paints. With patience and determination however, the painting went pretty well for my first attempt. I used a wash of white acrylic to colour the mortar between the bricks and a black wash for the deck surface and base. I sealed everything in with a coat of Testor's Dull Coat.

Completed HO Scale POLA Freight Station sitting on top of its original box showing interior lighting effects

I also built a small interior scene of a storage room. The entire structure is lit with two small 12 volt bulbs with leads extending out the bottom of the base. I used clear styrene coated with dull-coat for the window glazing. This allows for a more uniform lighting effect across all windows. I was pretty pleased with the final result and I am now more confident to move onto bigger and better structure projects.

Completed HO Scale POLA Freight Station sitting showing interior lighting effects and details

I went back to work on my layout a few nights ago, working on the base structure of all the landscape and terrain. I will also be starting my second structure kit right away, my Walthers Cornerstone Merchant’s Row 1 model (kit# 993-3028).

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