I need to finish my A/P Structures Certificate. For years I built models and didn't photograph them, have them judged or saved them. Most were sold. Ok, so I start over.
Here are the requirements for A/P Structures:
1. You must construct 12 scale structures
A. At least six different types of structures must be represented in the total.
B. One of the six types must be a bridge or trestle.
C. At least six of the models must be scratch built.
D. The remaining six, if not scratch built, must be super-detailed with scratch built or commercial parts (for extra points).
2. You must earn a score of at least 87-1/2 points on six of the twelve models in either an NMRA sponsored contest or in AP Merit Award judging.
3. You must submit a Statement of Qualification (SOQ - available from the Regional AP Manager) which includes the following:
- An attachment giving a detailed description of each of the twelve models, including:
- Identification of all scratch built features
- All commercial components used
- Materials used in building the model
- A notation that the model is operational, if it is intended to be
- If the model is a kit, whose kit is it?
- Verification of the Merit Awards (photocopies of the certificates or signed Judging Forms )
- Photos of the model are helpful, though not required.
Here is what I plan to do:
1. Abbott's Sawmill: DONE. Won 88 points for a complex kit built in O scale. It is already documented and in the book. I gave it to a friend that needed a mill, but I kept the write up and photographs this time!
2. Tybee Pier: Almost Done. Should earn 87.5 points and is scratchbuilt. Take to SER convention or Piedmont train show
3. Dr. Bank's Office: Planned. Scratchbuilt. Small wood structure with detailed interior. O scale for the Swamp. Should earn 87.5 points.
4. Engine Shed. Under Construction. Detailed Kit. Small brick and stone structure with detailed interior. Narrow gauge On30. Stand alone model.
5. Cotton Gin. Planned. Scratchbuilt for contest. Board or metal construction with detailed interior. HO scale. For Dixie Central.
6. Sand Barge & Loader. Not planned. Scratchbuilt for Dixie Central. Will not be judged, but will be highly detailed.
7, Trestle Bridge. Planned. Model of the Turnip Town Trestle on the GNRR in HO scale. For judging. Board by board construction.
8. Logger's Home #1. Planned. Built in same format as Dr. Bank's Office but without dress front. Using pre-cast interior framing and board by board construction. In O scale for Swamp.
9. Logger's Home #2. Planned. Built in same format as Dr. Bank's Office but without dress front. Jim Crow structure, different from #1. Using pre-cast interior framing and board by board construction. In O scale for Swamp.
10. Logger's Home #3. Planned. Built in same format as Dr. Bank's Office but with a different dress front. Designed for Wood's Forman and his wife. Using pre-cast interior framing and board by board construction. In O scale for Swamp.
11. Slaughterhouse #5. Under Construction. Detailed kit with scratchbuilt cattle yard and interior details. HO scale. Model for Paul's layout.
12. Hebard Engine House. Not Planned. On30 engine house for the swamp. Highly detailed. Not prototype located yet. Build for contest/magazine.
That's a lot to build. Will be next year before they are all done, but I'm making GREAT progress right now! Maybe I can have most of them ready for judging in November. Dr. Bank's Office and the three logging houses will go very fast as I'll use rapid production and casting techniques.