The Sand House at Chama, New Mexico
A photo study of a great model for your enjoyment!
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Here's a "birds-eye view" of our model, looking pretty much from the West. The
was built as it appeared in 1930's through much of the 1950's. ( It lost its
"spout" in later days and now has a length of hose there instead. )
The "rolled roofing material" we're supplying with this kit certainly looks like the real thing after years in the weather, doesn't it? And as noted in the text, how about those 33 posts with their "angle-cut" tops? They're somethin' else, aren't they? If you look around at phone poles in your area you'll see that the real ones are often cut like that so rainwater won't puddle up on them causing dry-rot to set in. We had our Austrailian pal Bill Black hand-sand angles on the posts for a bunch of these kits while he was here, just so's you'll end up with an uneven aggregation just like the ones on Jimmy's model !
The prototype's sand bin was constructed from old ( read: used ) ties. Which, of course, had notches hacked out to accommodate the no longer existing tie plates. As you can see, we have replicated this detail in our model kit, as it would have been an almost impossible task, by hand. But since a laser can only "cut" a .004" wide swath with each pass; and these notches are .101" wide by .125" tall, thus requiring 25.25 passes each it turns out that the laser had to travel 3.15625" per notch. And since there are 300 notches per bin... Hmmm. That amounts to 7,775 passes, equalling a staggering 78.906 FEET per kit!!!! Aren't you glad the laser was called on to do it, 'stead of YOU?
Since laser "time" is charged by the minute, it should be obvious that these seemingly insignificent but dramatic appearing details drove the cost of the kit up a bunch! Yeah, we could have left them off, but heck, that's what separates a P-B-L kit from "the other guys", and a "contest quality model" from other models isn't it?
Everything you see on this model is included in our kit with the exceptions being the "black mastic" used on the tarpaper patches, (Jimmy used black silicone adhesive to represent this. ), and the scale sized "sand", for which he robbed our bead blaster of some of its not-all-that-clean-anymore "sand"...
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