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Ensign Posted - 01/22/2019 : 5:24:12 PM
Hi everyone, well look what I picked up today in the mail!
Rail Scale Miniatures "Whispering Falls" has finally arrived!
This kit has so much stuff in it that RSM owner Dario Le Donne had to use 2 boxes to accommodate all of the materials needed to build this kit.
Here are the boxes that this kit comes in.

Here is the information packed instruction manual and the "Micro Scale" Floquil colour chart- cross reference chart that come with this kit.

A look inside of the kit's manual shows how Dario at RSM walks you through each step.
Providing good photos of what you are working on and how it should look.

First I dug into the larger box to see this kits contents.
I could not fit everything into one shot so I took a few.
This kit has a lot of wood in it, for that board on board construction of the barn.

The kit's castings, CD with colour images showing this kit from different perspectives.
Different styles of roofing materials used throughout this kit, and other detailing components.

To be continued...
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Ensign Posted - 11/29/2019 : 1:23:54 PM
Originally posted by TRAINS1941

You have 32 days left until the end of the year!!

Thanks! Dave & Jerry.

Dave, that EZ line banding on the silo was indeed a chore for me to do, so that method that I used on the unloading chute came in real handy!

Jerry, I know it's going to be a challenge, but I'm going to give it a try anyway!

One more thing that I forgot to share with you.
The resin unloading chute cap, had a bit of a gap between it and the dome roof.
The instructions suggested filling in such a gap with white glue, and then painted silver again when it had dried.


TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/29/2019 : 1:11:55 PM
You have 32 days left until the end of the year!!
Guff Posted - 11/29/2019 : 12:44:59 PM
Nice idea on the banding! Appears to be a big time saver!
Ensign Posted - 11/29/2019 : 12:39:59 PM
Hi everyone, well I have finally completed the concrete stave silo that I've been working on.
I finished off the EZ line silo banding.

I found a easier way of applying that same EZ line banding to the unloading chute.
Instead of many individual bands being glued on, I did it with one continuous band, by stepping it down on the backside of the chute.
While keeping the EZ line in straight lines across the front of the chute.

This method saved a lot of time, as opposed to applying each band on separately.

I was now ready to glue the silo dome roof onto the silo.
Making certain that the door opening on it lined up with start stop points of the EZ line banding.
I then located the 2 sections of ladder and painted those with earth coloured paint and weathered them with A&I.
One of these ladders needed to be cut down in length so that the ladder looks like one continuous ladder from the base of the silo all the way to the top door opening.
This ladder then gets glued over the start & stop points of the EZ line.
Also in our kits, you will find a 3/32" by 6" long styrene tube.
This will be the silo's blower pipe.
You will need to carefully heat one end of it up to create a bend in it as shown in fig.32.
This blower pipe is then held in place to the silo by 3 pieces of .012 brass wire bent around the styrene tube to form a perfect circle around the tube with twisted/coiled pigtails that will be inserted into drilled out holes on the silo.
Keeping this blower pipe about 1/8" of an inch off of the silo.
I then painted this blower pipe with silver paint.
One last thing that you must do to complete the silo is adding some silo doors below where the unloading chute ends.
These are made by cutting some cardstock into 3/16" by 1/8" high squares.
I decided to cut my silo doors into 3/16" x 3/16" squares instead.
These silo doors get painted the same colour as the rest of the silo staves.
This is how it came out looking.

This is how my completed silo came out looking.

This is the last big piece in building this kit.
I really hope to finish this entire "Fesmire Farm" scene off by the end of this year.
So I will share some of the scenery aspects required to complete this scene, but not all of them in order to save myself some time.

Thanks for looking!
Bill Gill Posted - 10/20/2019 : 08:13:30 AM
Thanks, Bernd, that's the one.
Bernd Posted - 10/20/2019 : 08:02:19 AM
Originally posted by Bill Gill
Bernd recently posted images he took of a grain dealer in Leroy, NY . Those silos also have wobbly bands. (I can't find his post)

I couldn't find it either, but I where it's located on my ISP. Here it is again. Hope it helps.

Bill Gill Posted - 10/19/2019 : 11:58:22 AM
Greg, Thanks. Yeah, the coal silo was just to show how wire might work on your next silo if you wanted to use something else.
Yes, that's a sketch I did years back. The structure was in Western Massachusetts. Not sure what RR it was near. Wish I'd gotten photos too.
Ensign Posted - 10/19/2019 : 11:09:22 AM
Kevin & Bill, thanks for your posts!

Kevin, I'm mooving as fast as I can on this!

Bill, that's a great looking silo!
I thought about using a thin copper wire as you have suggested.
Then I thought why bother, I might as well build this one as shown in then kit.
So that it might be helpful to others building this kit.
Perhaps once I get around to building an older looking silo I will use your technique that you have used with great results.
That's a cool sketch, did you draw that?

Bill Gill Posted - 10/19/2019 : 09:50:39 AM
Greg, nice work on the house painting.

Here's a silo I banded using scale size copper wire. I twisted the ends of each band together tight enough to hold it in place. Then I snipped the twists close to the band, bent them flat against the silo and superglued them to it. That all got hidden under the elevator shaft. I also put a few tiny dots of superglue aound each band as additional insurance. Most of those were at seams between the siding, also where the turnbuckles are. It's held up well, and the silo has been moved around a lot because of work on the layout.

The bands are not smooth and parallel, but neither were the ones that inspired this model. The sketch is only slightly exaggerated. That coal facility was long gone when I went back to get photos, so the doodle is all I had.

Bernd recently posted images he took of a grain dealer in Leroy, NY . Those silos also have wobbly bands. (I can't find his post)
kebmo Posted - 10/19/2019 : 09:18:32 AM
oh is that all? get on it!
Ensign Posted - 10/19/2019 : 08:32:53 AM
Originally posted by Carl B

I am also a bit suspicious about the EZ line maintaining its shape over the eons. Then again my own farm project had no silo. Hmmm.

Is there much more to be done to complete the kit Greg?

Hey Carl, sorry for the late reply, I've been up north closing our cottage up for the winter.
I'm not certain about how this EZ-Line banding will hold up over time either.
My plan is to switch out this silo in the future for one that better suits my time period.
I just thought I'd build this one as described in the kit's instructions.
As for completing this kit after this silo is finished just some fencing, scenery work and sound & LED's to hook up to the distribution boards, then I'm done!

Carl B Posted - 10/15/2019 : 12:47:38 PM
I am also a bit suspicious about the EZ line maintaining its shape over the eons. Then again my own farm project had no silo. Hmmm.

Is there much more to be done to complete the kit Greg?
Ensign Posted - 10/15/2019 : 11:02:57 AM
Frank, I think my brain looked like that before I started applying the E-Z Line.
The instructions tell us to add a few extra specks of CA adhesive along each band to keep them from moving up or down.
It is a very tedious process indeed!

Frank Palmer Posted - 10/15/2019 : 10:09:58 AM
This is what your brain looks like after applying E-X Line at 1/8 intervals.

Greg are you going to "fix" the lines when complete? EZLine tends to sag after time.

Ensign Posted - 10/14/2019 : 7:55:54 PM
Jeff, Pete, Bob & Dave, thanks for your continued interest in this project!
It's always great to read what you guys have to say about my work that I'm doing here.
I always appreciate your comments, good or bad.


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