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ZoomCo Barn
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:15:02 PM »
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Did you guys see these barns from ZoomCo?   :o



That is straight out of the box.  The castings are incredibly thin and detailed, right down to interior framing.  And the painting and weathering is outstanding. 

It comes as an "Old Country Road Scene" with some telephone poles, fences, and flexible roadway, but the barn is the real gem.  I was really impressed when I opened the box.

There's a few more photos at Model:160: http://www.model160.com/n-scale-news-blog/zoomco-n-scale-old-country-road-scene/
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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2012, 08:31:09 PM »
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Nice.  My wallet is safe as long as they continue to do farm structures.  :lol:
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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2012, 09:00:35 PM »
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Saw it on the Model 160 FB page. That's nice and the price is good. Don't really need the barn but the other stuff is cool! I might just have to get it.

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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2012, 10:08:24 PM »
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Wow - thanks for posting this.  I have a farm scene planned.

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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2012, 10:48:45 PM »
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NOT your POS IMEX stuff! :trollface:

Seriously, looks awesome. Way out of my budget, but cool for the deep wallet built up types.

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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2012, 11:19:07 PM »
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Nice model. I hope somebody comes along and restores the barn--it's sad to see one in such condition.  :)

I have to note, though, that the "impossible thin window frames" mentioned in the model160.com blurb are, in fact, not thin at all. They're done with a trick I've seen before in ceramic buildings, where alternating panes are solid and open in a checkerboard pattern. This turns the window frames into surface relief, not standalone features. It may be an effective trick, but as a casting it's far from "impossible."
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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2012, 10:43:40 PM »
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Nice model. I hope somebody comes along and restores the barn--it's sad to see one in such condition.  :)

I have to note, though, that the "impossible thin window frames" mentioned in the model160.com blurb are, in fact, not thin at all. They're done with a trick I've seen before in ceramic buildings, where alternating panes are solid and open in a checkerboard pattern. This turns the window frames into surface relief, not standalone features. It may be an effective trick, but as a casting it's far from "impossible."

I can see where you'd arrive at that conclusion, though at least one opening is not done that way.  I suspect that a thin layer, like cellophane tape, was placed in the window openings to help create the two part mold easier.  And only some window panes were removed as the castings were prepped, assembled, and painted.  The resulting resin film in the windows is thin enough to look like dirty glass... why the odd pattern was removed?  Who knows... maybe something to do with which panes had bubbles and didn't look realistic or something on this particular model.  Anyway, here's a shot of the fine window detail that doesn't have the alternating checkerboard... and it also shows how the castings allow light between the boards!

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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 12:16:30 AM »
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The model is outstanding, but the colors are on HDR. Maybe its just that photo :? That orange rust is just to bright, the wood must have creosote coating to be that brown. The other photo on M:160 makes the orange look more even, and the darks lighter.



Again on the positive, the detail is amazing, and the windows are sweet.

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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012, 12:59:20 AM »
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I will absolutely have to get one of these. It's a great representation of the typical ramshackle old barns we have here in rural Illinois. My only gripe, judging from the pictures, is that the roof is too rusty. Galvanized corrugated tin doesn't rust like that, at least not here. Sure, there will be patches of rust, but not 100% like that. It'll need a bit of unweathering for me.
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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 02:03:35 AM »
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Holy crap that is awsome. I drive by several condemed barns on my way to my sister's house in Oakham. This would fit right in.
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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2012, 07:38:58 AM »
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Nice model. I hope somebody comes along and restores the barn--it's sad to see one in such condition.  :)

I have to note, though, that the "impossible thin window frames" mentioned in the model160.com blurb are, in fact, not thin at all. They're done with a trick I've seen before in ceramic buildings, where alternating panes are solid and open in a checkerboard pattern. This turns the window frames into surface relief, not standalone features. It may be an effective trick, but as a casting it's far from "impossible."
I can see where you'd arrive at that conclusion, though at least one opening is not done that way.  I suspect that a thin layer, like cellophane tape, was placed in the window openings to help create the two part mold easier.  And only some window panes were removed as the castings were prepped, assembled, and painted.  The resulting resin film in the windows is thin enough to look like dirty glass... why the odd pattern was removed?  Who knows... maybe something to do with which panes had bubbles and didn't look realistic or something on this particular model.  Anyway, here's a shot of the fine window detail that doesn't have the alternating checkerboard... and it also shows how the castings allow light between the boards!



As someone who does a lot of casting, I can say that the windows would not be all that hard to make "impossibly thin." It just takes care and skill, both of which are evident in these castings. Indeed, the walls themselves are so thin that light is also passing through the boards as well as between.

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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2012, 08:12:25 AM »
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I suppose the existence of the actual model proves that they arn't impossible...  Regardless, it's the best adjective to describe the effect this model had on me in person.  These are some of the finest castings I've ever seen, and you probably know I'm hard to impress these days.   ;)
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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2012, 08:44:28 AM »
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Does it bother anybody else that the corrugated roofing is bent over the three peaks of the gambrel roof, with the corrugations running perpendicular to the bends?  I don't think that roofing was intended to be bent like that in the real world.  There's probably a prototype for it somewhere, but...

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Re: ZoomCo Barn
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2012, 09:21:22 AM »
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The wood painting is great, and it would only take a dab of darker chalk or weathering to make the roof more realistic.  I agree with Dave though, the bent metal is not something I have seen.  It is actually pretty difficult to bend this metal due to the corrugations.

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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2012, 09:24:18 AM »
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I suppose the existence of the actual model proves that they arn't impossible...  Regardless, it's the best adjective to describe the effect this model had on me in person.  These are some of the finest castings I've ever seen, and you probably know I'm hard to impress these days.   ;)

This is about as "impossible" as I've gotten with resin casting so far, and if it wasn't for the reject rate, this is how the kits would have been done. I expect at some point I'll probably take this one step further, but it stands as my personal best for now.