- Mr. Ed
- I'm 65 years old and have lived in the Akron-Tallmadge, Ohio area all of my life. For 10-years (1957-1967) I lived most summers at our home in Cook Forest, Pa. I'm a U.S. Army veteran (1971-1973). I collect many things such as: antique cars, antique firearms, movies, movie props, old newspapers and posters, Wyatt Earp items, Civil War items, John Wayne items, items from the old west including Native American items, just about anything historical. I've been married for 42-years. My wife and I have a son and a daughter and four granddaughters.
I have always been into miniatures. And the old west and the old west towns have always interested me. I love the style and the ruggedness of them. So I enjoy creating these towns in several differant scales. This scale is somewhere around "O" gauge. The structures are built mostly with a box of wooden popcicle sticks that I got from an estate. It's a big box. So I can built a lot with it. I've also used some scrap materials from my workshop for finishing touches. I wanted to create a town that shows the ruggedness of the old west and how these buildings were built fast with the cracks in the wood and the simple construction of the day. Some of the buildings have removeable roofs. I decided to finish the interiors in some of them. Others are solid. Check back in the future as I will be posting any additional buildings and other things that I do to them as I go.
There were two types of funeral parlors in the old west. One was the upscale funeral parlor that sat on main street with the dark red draped front window and the fancy hardware on the double front doors. Then there was the undertaker parlor that was simply a small building by the edge of town that sold coffins that the undertaker built himself. This small, unpleasent structure was the type that doted most small mining towns. The undertaker wasn't a rich man and sold coffins cheap. But, sadly he sold a lot of them as people died rapidly from sickness, mining accidents and shootings. He worked long hours to keep up but made pretty good money, which most of them drank up each night in the local saloon.
The next project is a set of structures. The livery stable, blacksmith shop and the harness shop. This set of buildings will rest on a platform. The platform will act as the corral. The project will take much longer than the others as there will be a lot of detailing to do.
Actually, I started this building before the stables were finished. This will be the freight office. It will have a raised floor and a loading dock for wagons.
Well, the town is getting a little full. GREAT! The next set of structures are the Gunsmith Shop and the Post Office. Now I know that I already did a gunsmith but as you may remember, it dosen't have a back and it's a little thin. I built those first two sets of buildings as just, "something to do." So, I am going to re-do them in the proper way. This set of buildings will be a little differant as the post office will be higher than the gunsmith shop building. It should turn out pretty cool. So let's get started...
Well, I got to lookin' at these two buildings and decided that it would be better if they were switched around. So now the post office will be the gunsmith shop and the gunsmith shop will be the post office. Hey, I'm the mayor and can do what I want!