Federal Cold Storage


I put the wrap on Federal Cold Storage to be placed in the crook of the “L” on the LAJ layout (the corner if you will).  Getting the first structure under my belt gives me some momentum.  Built to the “reasonable representation” standard it wasn’t intended to be an exact replica of the prototype. Walthers RJ Frost was used as the basis.


 A few of the techniques:

  • For the overall base coat I laid down a foundation of Rustoleum textured paint (rattle can).  This was followed by Rustoleum light gray primer.  Finally, I lightly fogged on white primer allowing a hint of the gray to show through.
  • The light blue columns were an airbrush dusting of Model Master “Azure” applied lightly enough that some of the white underneath would still show through.
  • I flipped the kit canopy upside down exposing the flat side and applied Builders in Scale corrugated roofing adhered with 3M Super 77 and few drops here and there of CA.  The metal was then sprayed with Rustoleum light gray primer.  Weathering was with an India ink wash (1 teaspoon of ink per pint of alcohol) applied with a soft brush using strokes parallel to the corrugations.
  • Guy wires are .015″ music wire.
  • The loading ramp corner protector was painted with Rustoleum Earth Brown camo. paint, one of my favorite colors for dark rust
  • Cracks on the loading ramp face were simulated by very, very lightly dragging a Crayola black pencil about.  Several India ink washes were applied to the face afterwards (2 teaspoons of ink/pint)
  • To create the rust streaks on the platform face, I lightly dropped a few specks of brown weathering chalk at the top of the ramp, put on a latex glove, and then wiped the chalk downward with my finger
  • Four of the doors were blocked in with cinder block (photo wallpaper using photos of actual block).  If you want to use the file below, print it out 1.3″ tall so the blocks are the right size.  Use gloss photo paper and seal with with Krylon “Preserve It” (Matte)


  • The two steel rollup doors were photos as well


  • The sign on top was a photo edited screen capture of the prototype sign using Google Streetview.