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Sierra West Machine Shop O Scale Series MT
Posted by Mike Hamer On 01/21/2018 At 4:04:18 PM


A friend approached me last year to help him out by building up his machines from the Sierra West Machine Shop Series in O-Scale.



As the cover of the instruction manual showcases...these are great looking models!
But, they had remained on my shelf for some time. I was starting to feel guilty and began looking at the machines over the last couple of months.
Thanks to Bruce for organizing the latest forum challenge. It spurred me on to get another of the machines (the universal miller) out of the contents of its bag and to build it in the new year as part of the group challenge. Feel free to check the challenge out in the Mike Chambers' Craftman's Corner.



To start this thread off, I'll share with you my building of the 36" vertical drill.
All I can say is "Thank Heavens these machines are in O and not HO, my regular modelling scale!"



As I mentioned in the challenge thread while building the other machine, this project will be a personal challenge for me.
I know nothing pertaining to the operations of these machines never having worked in a mill.



Furthermore, I know "next to nothing" about the terminology of most of the parts. Thanks to Brett for putting together these amazing models and thanks for the amazing parts list and corresponding diagrams!



Remember, I have already built this model up. The purpose of the thread is to take you through the steps along the way with any problem-solving measures I had to dream up.



Here is a picture of the universal miller I just completed in the challenge. Thanks so much for checking in!
HO Scale ACE Millwork & Cabinets
Posted by wrongsideofthetracks On 01/20/2018 At 5:07:23 PM
Hi everyone. He is a build I am just finishing up on. It is the ITLA Olympia Tile kit and decided to build mine out into ACE Millwork & Cabinets. It is going on my own layout. Quite happy with it - neat little building that fits exactly into the area I wanted to put it. Pretty easy construction and then of course painted and detailed. Here are some of the features:

ACE Millwork & Cabinets
- Base kit - ITLA Olympic Tile, HO scale. Used some spare ITLA sidewalk pieces for the base from another kit.
- Pained with Mission Models acrylic paints. Great acrylic paints if you have never used them before. Mostly military colours, but some weathering, metals and modern equipment colours as well. Great for airbrush and you can also brush paint them as well. Some other use of Tamiya and Mig Ammo for some of the other painting.
- Weathered using Pan Pastels, Mig Ammo pigments, washes and other weathering enamels. Abtleilung 502 oils.
- 3D printed details (roof hatch, roof drains etc. Other cast metal, cast resin and laser cut details from a wide variety of manufacturers. Preiser figures.

Here are some pictures of what I built:













Interaction enterprises 1950's Gas Station
Posted by Glen Haasdyk On 01/15/2018 At 10:43:23 PM
My second 2018 Challenge project will be Interaction enterprise's 1950's gas station.




I'll be continuing this project in the next post.
Fine Art Techniques - Pastels & Inks with Underpai
Posted by hon3_rr On 01/13/2018 At 7:27:56 PM
Fine Art Techniques - Pastels & Inks with Underpainting on Basswood

Where to start… To begin with I have been doing a lot of research and consideration/testing of ideas, materials and techniques found in the Fine Art World over the past 9 months or so. I have been contemplating how to apply some of the ideas and mediums to our hobby. These efforts have been in in lieu of actual modeling bench time due to physical discomfort from some medical issues.

I have not done much formal writing or posting to the forum as, quite frankly, the posting process is just too time consuming and distracting when I’m doing research and testing. I’ve been keeping notes for future reference for a larger ‘thread series’ which will be more comprehensive, better organized and hopefully have improved presentation. That series is what this work is for. Two forum members are aware of the proposed new series, like my ‘sandbox’ threads, and have provided strong positive feedback. This thread is a ‘soft jump-start’ to the developing new series.

I have felt that some of you may want to journey along with me as I go through the process for a specific technique with an individual medium(s) to get a understanding for how I go about the process of developing information to present to you, the modeler, outside of my normal modeling experience.

In this thread I’m going to try to express my thinking and testing methodologies. I’m not going to edit the entries in this thread into a series of steps, each building on the earlier entries as I normally do. Instead, this thread will be composed of my thoughts and self-discussions as I work through the process of trying to use underpainting in the application of inks and pastels to basswood . I’ll try to enhance the discussion with pictures as appropriate. A large goal here is not to allow the writing process to impinge on the research, testing and evaluation progression, but to allow you to ‘look over my shoulder’. As this will be a different style format than usual, please do not expect the thread entries to be as cohesive and sequenced as my normal writing style.

OK… here we go. Hope you enjoy.
SRMW- Martin's Machine Co. - Kitbash
Posted by Pennman On 01/07/2018 At 9:06:25 PM
This will be my challange project for 2018. I am going to build the South River Model Works kit, Martin Machine Co.,( from 1993 ), or at least make an attempt! This kit has everything needed to construct a fine diorama, thanks to South River Model Works - Bob Van Gelder, who rently retired from the structure making side of the business. (Good luck on your retirement Bob)




I am scratchbuilding half of the kit, so since my structure build doesn't fall within the bounds of the 2018 "Take One Down and Build One" challange thread, my build will follow here..after an introduction ....

This kit was built by at least a couple of people on the forum, Frank Bernard (Trevor Creek), and Scott Mason. I emailed Frank for a picture of his build, but didn't receive an answer from him. So, I have no clue if he ever finished his build. Although Scott Mason built two of these kits, he showed a few progress pictures, along with final photos, but not an S-B-S build.

Thanks, comments are welcome.

Rich
More New Stuff on the F&SM
Posted by halrey On 12/30/2017 At 6:17:33 PM
Well, most of the Expo team stopped by George's on Thursday, Jimmy had to wait on the sidewalk... not really.
George has been really enjoying the layout, he seams Very excited about having lots of time for scratch building.
Here are a few new additions and some modifications to current structures..

Oh, and a little fooling around as Doug points-out where George should have put a structure... all in fun.

Great day, followed with an Expo meeting.

Hal










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 Posted By: RAYMOND 
I am new member, I was wondering if there is anyone out their that knows the section station alone the railway during the years of 1942 thru 1960 Flagstaff, Williams, Ash Fork, Seligmen, For I lived on some of those section station but have forgotten the distences from the small towns where these station were located. If anyone knows where these station where at and the distences, please write to me at ray_acosta@q.com or jraycost@gmail.com, thanks.
Signed: 2/9/2008 7:17:56 PM
 Posted By: Tom Ebert 
This is the second or third time I've visited the site. Its very good and I've enjoyed reading through many of the posts. Unfortunately I do NOT have high speed internet at home, so don't spend alot of time (1/2 of the week) on the net. When I am down near work I do.
I am building the Cascade Div GN prototype in HO scale between Skykomish and Appleyard (Wenatchee) Wa. Time stopped in the fall of 1953.
Thanks again for the site.
Tom Ebert
Signed: 2/4/2008 9:35:16 AM
 Posted By: Tom Russell 
I need information on a Tortoise switch machine. The switch runs on DC current. Can I also attach AC current for the frog?
Signed: 12/26/2007 11:33:41 AM
 Posted By: Stan Rosskamp 
Just interested in viewing.
Signed: 12/12/2007 10:14:42 AM
 Posted By: Michael 
Greetings from Germany to the N-Gauge fans in U.S.:

Administrative Edit: the attached photo had to be deleted because of file size restrictions and complications with home page/Guestbook spacing.

Photo shows "modified" Arnold BR 95 in 1:160 which is surely 20 years old.
Signed: 12/9/2007 11:29:33 PM
 Posted By: Richard Neil 
This is so cool I'm amazed!! My Grandpa loves anything to do with trains could u just see me making something for him..That would be cool maybe I can I love to build I make balsa stick planes and jets alot of work and patience this site is awesome!!!!!!!My mom's friend turned us on to it thanks Kevin.
Signed: 11/7/2007 4:43:34 PM
 Posted By: Francesca Neil 
Hello all , Well my Friend Kevin O'neil turned me on to this site and I am simply amazed...Iv'e been checking things out for hours now and I wonder if this is something to get my son 18yrs into? he loves building balsa jets etc.....each jet is about 3' and alot of work and he is so paitent but this is all so awesome.He has always payed attn to detail and is very Art talented... I would love to see him with a great passion he has seen the work and is intrested so any input is great. To have such a passion and love for something is a true gift and I think you are all wonderful talented people to have a dream and follow with it I give you all alot of respect..Once again I'm enjoying this site so much your all awesome people. Fran
Signed: 11/7/2007 11:25:02 AM
 Posted By: Chris Hollingshead 
This was my grandfather's business. I worked there with him as a child. Thanks for posting the pictures.
Signed: 9/21/2007 10:24:24 PM
 Posted By: imkookoo4choochoo 
Hi, I hope someone can provide me with some information on an HO model kit I recently found. It is made by S&E Suzuki & Edwards out of Tokyo. It is a metal die cast stock car. I am told this kit came out right after WWII, which would make it 50 to 60 years old or more. Does anyone out there have any info on this maker or familiar with them? This kit has all its parts and I am just curious if there is a small marker out there that might be interested in such an item, and how much it might be worth to those select few. Thank you
Signed: 5/18/2007 4:09:02 PM
 Posted By: Richard Baker 
I have known about the L&W since I was a kid in Thomson. The EMD loco is an ex Ga & Fl RR unit #70. It was one of thier originals. There is a blue L&W boxcar parked in the wye with the loco. It has been there about a year. I was in Folkston a few days ago and spotted an L&W box in the consist of a passing CSX train. I drove to Wadley and nothing had changed in the wye. Upon leaving and heading north to Thomson, I caught sight of some boxcars sitting on the L&W main. I followed the tracks to an abandoned junk yard and there sat 4-5 Pickens RR box cars. There were trees growing up around the trucks. They all had roller bearings mounted in the old friction bearing journal boxes. I don't think thats legal now.
Rick
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