Like most of us, I am stuck at home with lots of time and a short honey-do list. I have been looking at the mission style gas station in Pleasanton, California for nearly forty years. It has been on the bucket list along a bunch of other project. Now is the time to build it.
I took some measurements a while back and found that my wife’s 12-foot tape measure made it challenging. I was able to a sense of the general size of the basic structure. There were a few parts that I wanted to use. I have some old Chooch plastic windows that looked like it might be a good stand in. these windows simulate a metal frame design with a hinged panel. I turned the window on its side to copy the orientation of the real window. The castings have less panes but I didin’t want to build four windows from scratch.
As you can see I have juggled the dimensions just a bit. I guess you have to wait to see if I can capture the feel of the building.
Styrene is the material of choice for me on this type of project. Form core board could be used since the wall are 12″ thick. I am not sure what was used to construct the actual building. It could be wood framed with screen and stucco over shiplap. I used .030″ thick sheet styrene for the basic walls. I used .100″ and .080″ to frame the wall interior bracing. I framed the outline of windows and door with this material. I used two size to get a feel for a proper
The basic dimensions of the building are shown in these annotated photos. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the building dimensions. I did a little “adjusting” on the information collected on my short visit.
north wall elevation
south front elevation
The window openings will have to be adjusted to fit the part you choose if you can’rt find the Chooch window.
The store front has been installed in my model and adjusted to fit Tichy windows and door.
I am using Tichy masonry windows for the office wall. The door is also a Tichy part that used without the frame.
Here is the old Chooch window that is going to be installed on the three major walls.
I next step will be to build the mansard roof and the tower. The stucco finish will be applied after those steps are completed.
See you next time.