Wheeler's Mercantile with
This building is not for sale, just
shown to give ideas to those wanting to add and extra something to their layout.
Bill White took the basic Mercantile and Furniture kits and along some
imagination and a trip
or two to the scrap box, turned them into a beautiful diorama showing possible
changes to a building over time.
Left side of diorama. This side
was built into a hillside, necessitating a rock wall, and making a
convenient second entry into the second floor.
The right side with stock door and
stairs, and some clutter added.
The rear wall was separated from the
hillside with a timber retaining wall and a walkway added to the door.
Furniture being brought in by truck.
Instead of detailing the interior, "Display areas" were built behind
each window. Covers for the books were designed on the computer,
printed, and pasted on pieces of styrene. Shades were cut from a
scrap of manila folder, although downloaded pictures would work well.
Damaged siding was created by routing away the back side
of the wall to a scale board thickness, then adding framing, followed by
a scrap of wood scribed at 12" spacing and 45 degrees for the interior
A second entry from the hillside was added to the left
side. Boards patch damaged siding. Battens were shaved off
with a chisel and a line scribed in it place for missing battens, or
replaced with appropriate material at an angle. Patches to the
wall also increase interest.
For a complete article covering the construction of this display, contact
Crystal River Products. A condensed version was printed in Finescale
Railroader's The 2007 Narrow Gauge Annual, published by Westlake
Publishing Company, 1574 Kerryglen Street, Westlake, CA, 91361