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How I removed the world's largest Cuckoo Clock



Once upon a time there was this lovely Cuckoo Clock.  



The original of this H0 scale model (Faller 389), the first largest Cuckoo Clock in the world,

can still be found in Schonach in the Black Forest. 



For many years it stood on the hill behind the station!

Until the sound equipment broke down and battery acid affected the interior...



It was fun for many years having moving parts and a lovely cuckoo sound on my layout, long before LokSound was introduced.

Alas... those days are gone since long.


H e n c e . . .


Due to the 2019 Renovation of the Cochemer Bahn and while planning to have a large forest right behind the station,

I searched on the Internet for a lovely Forester's Lodge in H0 scale instead.

This is what came up: Forsthaus Busch 1675.

It's even the more interesting since most parts of this kit consists of wood.






Since this is the first time that I am working with both laser cut material and wood, I would like to introduce you to the making of this lovely lodge!

As you might expect from me, I did some painting for true weathering effect as well!



Now, let pictures tell the story

and see for yourself what will soon find a place on the Cochemer Bahn "Version 3.0".



At first, while opening this pretty expensive box (to me 49,50), I was surprised by its... errr... emptiness!

That is to say: a lot of paper at the bottom, sustaining only 4 rather small and flat sachets.



Don't judge a book by its cover or a box by its content!


The windows needed some lasur for contrast.

The wooden parts were just fine to me. Later on, they will only get some dry white tarnish.



Totally new to me - always working with Kibri, Vollmer and Faller - was the fact that Busch choose for both an inside and outside wall.

It looks like cardboard, but it is as firm as Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF).

And all parts fit in a most perfect way!


Curtains were placed (without glass) on the inside. Hereby you create depth between window glass and the curtains.



I choose for 3 sets of light: two for interior light on each floor, and one rice grain bulb on the outside above the door, for illuminating the area close to the entrance.



But before we come to that, let's first continue with the construction...




Some weathering is needed!

I used Heki Lasur as a base, followed by Flat Earth (Vallejo 70.983) and finally, some dry painting with Off-White (Vallejo 70.820):




A similar procedure is applied to the roof tiles!






Some extra white where the chimney will come. Rain always leaves traces...


Now let's put some things together...







For the time being...



Windows are added from the outside







For the rubber parts of the roof I used white glue, out of precaution.



The white wall is weathered as well. Again... Heki Dur Lasur. What else...

I am considering placing some swallow nests under this balcony.



Finally, the rain gutters are applied, as we are approaching...


...the finishing touch!





On October 20th 2019, a lovely Friday for working on the layout - I placed the Forsthaus on the layout.

It took some time to connect the electrical wiring underneath the layout.



Variant to my vision, the outdoor lamp was NOT connected to the main switch 'Street Lanterns', in order to give it the more attention in the dark.

It turned out to be the right choice!





Since the outdoor lamp is far too bright in my opinion...



... I painted a lampshade on top of it. 



Now is the waiting for a fine B l a c k  F o r e s t enfolding this lovely Forsthaus!


Which was done in autumn 2019...



The making of can be read in detail in the Journal, but here are some pictures that tell the story in short









P o s t s c r i p t u m

The Faller Weltuhr got a new destination, as a gift to a dear friend of mine.






Frits Osterthun 1.8.2019 / 23.9.2019 / 10.12.2019 / 21.12.2021

Last update: 23.1.2023