Wednesday, October 28, 2015

E. L. Moore's Small MFG. Plant

[E. L. Moore's Small MFG. Plant; J. R. Fisher collection]

E. L. Moore's Small MFG. Plant appeared in the June 1965 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. This is a total balsa project: balsa for the walls, balsa for the floor, balsa for the roof, balsa for the window casings, balsa for the clerestory, balsa for the platform...well, you get the idea...the only break from the trend is clear plastic for the windows. Mr. Moore notes that he'll "admit to a weakness for using balsa for almost every building purpose", but notes the reader can substitute brick or block papers if they wish. 
It's a little hard to see in the above photo from the HOJPOJ article, but close examination with a magnifying glass suggests to me that the background building in the red rectangle is the Small MFG. Plant. The tall clerestory with the cracked windows is the give-away. Ok, I'm not 100% certain as I was with Background Building, but the clues look right.
E. L. Moore doesn't describe how he scribed the blocks and bricks into the balsa sheets, but he did an excellent job. And they're nicely painted too.
This side had a loading platform. It's missing, but a replacement could easily be added.
I've often thought the clerestory looked too tall, but E. L. Moore notes in the article that the model is based on an actual prototype.
The roof lifts off and shows the clerestory opening is relatively small.

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