|The farm scene is coming along|
|The finished barn|
I based the barn on images of a barn at Appomattox, VA that is part of the National Park there. I omitted one of the side sheds to make it a little smaller to fit my space.
The model barn has interior details. The interior of the barn is hard to see as it is dark, but it has hay, a ladder and the framing of the barn visible.
|Tools from Alkem Scale Models for the shop.|
I laser cut split rail fences and made two paddocks. One for cattle and one for horses.
I need to order some bareback horses, presumably for the officers that are staying at the farm.
I have one pack of cows from Woodland Scenics. I have another pack on order.
I did get lots of relies from folks with good suggestions for water troughs, hay feeding, etc. So I have a good handle on how the livestock would have been fed and watered. One thing to remember, this cattle pen is a holding area just before the animals would be slaughtered. So the accommodations would be pretty basic. The animals came in by rail, or were walked from Aquia Landing.
|Apparently the horns are not a delicacy.|
|Scrawny cows at City Point, VA|
My options, buy cattle from Aspen Modeling Company. They sell properly horny cows but for a price of almost $9.00 each. Or, I could add horns to the Woodland Scenics Cows. That is the approach I will take.
Now, civil war era cows were scrawny, especially compared to the plump Herefords that Woodland Scenics sells. I do not plan to put my model cows on a diet though. There are some places where you just have to say, "good enough."