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Nelson458 Posted - 08/20/2017 : 3:01:26 PM
I have only recently, after some 5 or 6 years, started building a small layout. Although I am not much into operations, I do enjoy a little switching, and have found Peco insulfrog turnouts just the ticket for me, easy to throw the points, very little wiring. In fact, I might have gotten a little carried away with their turnouts . My 5' by 10' layout, is more destined to be a large diorama than an operating layout. And that was my intention.

Soooo, that being said, I have always wanted a small facility for the engines, nothing big, an engine shed (rather than a roundhouse) and machine shop, coaling station and a source of water. Ever since I built Sierra West's engine house, I thought that might be just the thing for this layout. Since that shed is HOn3, it won't do well here, besides, I have plans for that later.

So I set about planning the actual size of the shed. I already knew from the beginning what I wanted, and where, I just hadn't gotten the track set up and everything 'sized' so it would fit. It will be about 13.5" deep, contain 3 tracks, and one off to the side. I'm building it on 3/16" ply, it is pretty flat now, but after I glue stuff down that might change, so I am going to re-enforce the bottom with some sturdy hardwood. The layout sits on 2" foam, so I would need to cut into that for the added strips underneath.

The engine shed will be built very similarly to the Sierra West model, board by board on a framework of 6x6 stripwood. Or maybe 4x6. The roof will be peaked in the center, and the right hand stall will be set back 4.5" which will be used for small engines.

So far, I made a simple cardboard moch-up to see how it fits. I am glad I did, as the two r/h tracks didn't line up like I wanted. I had a short l/h turnout leading into those stalls and open area, and replaced it with a medium length 'Y' turnout. That proved to be much better. Sometimes a simple change is all that is needed.

So here are a couple of pictures, a birds-eye view and a sketch of the front of the shed. I hope to start on the project soon, but with an upcoming trip to Colorado for the show, not sure how far I will get before the next weekend.

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Nelson458 Posted - 04/18/2018 : 4:33:52 PM
Kevin, you never cease to make me laugh

However, I have made castings before, many of them are walls for my own structures, and some of resin castings, only because I had some material left over and needed to use it up. But I can't sell those for copyright reasons. But I never thought of selling my own, maybe it's the hassle of it all, what to charge, how many should I do, and with Shapeways coming out with some really nice stuff, I can't compete. But t hanks for the thought.

At one time I scratchbuilt some WWII wooden hoppers from the N&W RR. The N&WHS wanted me to do a bunch and sell them, after I added up my cost alone, it wasn't worth the cost, so they cancelled the idea.
kebmo Posted - 04/17/2018 : 9:05:34 PM
[don't you love it when some wise guy tells you what you should do?]
kebmo Posted - 04/17/2018 : 9:04:39 PM
you never cease to amaze tony. you should make molds and sell castings of these amazing details you fabricate.
Nelson458 Posted - 04/17/2018 : 8:20:46 PM
Originally posted by Dave S


Great project. I am attempting to do a scratch built structure in 1/48th scale and this workbench will be perfect in the wood shop. Thanks for the idea and inspiration

Later, Dave S. Tucson, AZ

Your welcome, my friend.
Dave S Posted - 04/17/2018 : 6:23:44 PM

Great project. I am attempting to do a scratch built structure in 1/48th scale and this workbench will be perfect in the wood shop. Thanks for the idea and inspiration

Later, Dave S. Tucson, AZ
Nelson458 Posted - 04/17/2018 : 3:45:23 PM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Hot dog! A benchmark in model building.


Thanks Mike

Oh, I wanted to post this as well, gives a good idea on the size.

Michael Hohn Posted - 04/17/2018 : 3:41:21 PM
Hot dog! A benchmark in model building.

Nelson458 Posted - 04/17/2018 : 12:58:49 PM
Well, it took a little time an patience, but at least I now have one bench top. I used a .6mm brass screw for the front vice, with .010 styrene rod for the handle, 'threaded' through a toothpick I sized down using one of those dowel making jigs. The end vice handle is usually a little larger, and has heavier hardware, so a small Grandt Line T-union was used. I used .020" styrene rod for the handle. I have some paint touch up to do as the handles freely move within the holder. Now I need to make the supports.

Nelson458 Posted - 04/16/2018 : 10:50:44 AM
Carl, Rich and Rick. thank you.

Bernd, never noticed the hound dog until you mentioned it Looks like he's hiding out as he got an inkling of what that all means.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 04/16/2018 : 09:46:27 AM
Beautiful work Tony.
Rick Posted - 04/16/2018 : 09:11:01 AM
Bernd Posted - 04/16/2018 : 09:01:31 AM
Very ingenious Tony. I'm impressed.

And since you were talking about dog holes. How does the hound dog in the first pic feel about that?

Pennman Posted - 04/16/2018 : 08:45:58 AM

I thought your picture of the table, above, was the model! nice.

Carl B Posted - 04/16/2018 : 08:31:41 AM
Very nice Tony!
Nelson458 Posted - 04/16/2018 : 07:54:32 AM
Originally posted by David Clark

Tony, in a million years I don't think I would have thought to make the dog holes that way. You're a genius!

Boy, if only we could live a tenth of that time, look at all the models we could build. But that is still an awful long time,
Thank you.

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