Franksville, Wisconsin is located off of Highway K approximately west and slightly north of Racine, Wisconsin between Chicago and Milwaukee – on the Milwaukee Road line. I’m building a series of Modutrak modules depicting this town and area.  In the drawing above, Franksville sits to the right on the diagram above with Caledonia, Wisconsin to the left (or North). This is typical Wisconsin midwest scenery with farmlands and trees in between. There was also a switching tower in the middle of two passing sidings between Franksville and Caledonia. Below is our next installment. You can find an index of all the articles from this series HERE. Thanks for reading and feel free to ask questions in our discussion forum topic dedicated to this project. 


The next building on our list is the H.P. Hansen’s feed mill. The mill building itself was built separately from a single story brick building that was added on. However, the brick portion of the building was there in the 1950’s as you can see in this photo:

So first was to tackle the basic wood structure. I drew this in Illustrator and then used a Cricut machine to score all the pieces of styrene. The windows and doors are brass pieces from Micron Art. Also, I had always wanted to try making a form out of styrene and using mortar cement to create a cement platform, so I decided to use that for the loading dock instead of wood.

The brick structure I built using some old Fine N Scale Products cinderblock resin walls. This proved to be a tricky material to work with as it can warp over time (which it did) and isn’t completely straight to start with. In the end I got it to work enough to be usable, but I would go a different route next time. Here are the two buildings just set on top of the module to see placement:

When it came time to paint the building, I had one photo to work from making it a little tricky. Here is the building with basic paint and decals again placed on the layout to check positioning:

Meanwhile back at the Klema buildings, I added paint, started on some details and signage. The Purina signs were taken directly from photos and printed on a color laser printer on standard paper and then sanded lightly to thin them out and further deteriorate the edges a bit. The black paint I used on the roof went on and dried with some shine to it, which was odd since it was a matte black that I used. Oh well, some weathering powders will tone that down. Once the buildings are permanently mounted, I can get to those details:


Next up are continuing details and structures including the Franksville Oil Company and an extension module to make our siding a bit longer. 


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