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Dental Alginate for casting molds?
Posted by TC On 09/13/2018 At 9:40:29 PM
If you’ve ever had a dental crown done or some other work that required an impression and casting be made of your teeth, you’ve perhaps experienced a dentist or assistant using a substance called “dental alginate” to make that mold for the casting/impression of your teeth.

So I’m curious, has anyone used this material to make model castings, and if so, what were your results? I just came into a decent sized can of the powdered mixture, which can be mixed up into smaller or larger amounts as needed. I’d like to hear what experiences, tips or tricks might be known about how to use the stuff for modeling purposes...
? House Mailbox Suggestion ?
Posted by mecrr On 09/04/2018 At 7:18:51 PM
Folks, anyone have a suggestion of how to model the type of mailbox that attaches to the front of your House besides the front door? Sometimes I have seen a small basket or thin rectangular box used.

I am not looking for the box on a pole that goes out near the street.
Thanks,
David
SierraWest and J.E. Morton's Brass & Iron Foundry
Posted by KKarns On 07/29/2018 At 12:59:59 PM
Featured is SierraWest Scale Model's latest release in HO/HOn3, J.E. Morton's Brass & Iron Foundry...herein referred to as "The Foundry" This amazing kit is comprised of six individual structures integrated into a wonderful manufacturing complex complete with a beautiful resin stone foundry structure. Brett, of SierraWest Scale Models, provides a detailed backstory that gives the The Foundry a meaningful and prototypical workflow.

My plan is to provide updates on a weekly to bi-weekly basis as I work up this gem of a kit.



The first glimpse of The Foundry as it came out of the box. Nicely illustrated box cover...pulse quickens...



Now this is what fine scale modeling and craftsman kits are all about!
This is a picture just as the box was opened and the packing material removed...the box with the picture contains all those wonderful resin and white metal castings! Time to get my hands dirty...
Cricut Project
Posted by George D On 07/25/2018 At 9:12:25 PM
I covered building two different structures where I used my Cricut paper cutting machine for a large portion of the construction in these threads: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50263 and http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50619 I've started another project using the Cricut machine. This is a kitbash and this time I'm only going to document the few steps I take where I use the machine. I won't be covering the work not involving the machine. I'll explain why later.

I'm currently assembling the truss rafters. The building is 50' long and it's going to take 26 of these buggers! I started by drawing a rafters on my computer. I loaded that drawing into the Cricut machine and scribed the design on a piece of 0.040” styrene. I used a light setting since I wasn't trying to cut the styrene. I enhanced the picture by wiping black acrylic paint on the styrene. This is going to become the jig I use to build the rafters.



Notice the bottom line is longer than the rafter. This is exactly 6” (1:1 ratio) and it's the way I tell Cricut the drawing is 6” wide. The truss is then scribed by the machine to exactly match the drawing dimensions. The rafter is HO scale 38'- 6” wide.

I added scrap pieces of styrene to hold the sticks of wood on the jig.



I modified my drawing, extending the lines to use it as a guide for cutting the individual pieces of lumber.



It's a simple matter of laying the stick on the drawing and cutting the correct length and angle. I printed multiple drawings because I figured the razor would start to damage the drawing as I cut multiple pieces of wood.

Here's a completed truss. It takes about a half hour to make one - Only 25 more to go!



Those gusset plates were also cut on the Cricut machine. They were cut from a sheet of colored card stock. It took the machine a half hour to cut them and it took me close to an hour to pick all the little pieces off the mat. But! If I had tried to cut them all by hand it would have taken much longer and they wouldn't be any where near as accurate.

The mat the card stock is on is very sticky. My first attempt at cutting the gussets was done on an old mat that had lost most of it's stickiness and the blade started to lift the gussets off the mat and things got real messy. That old mat still can be used. I'll use it on heaver material with painter's tape on the edges to hold the material steady. I'll save this mat for thinner materials.



This might give you an idea why it took so long to pick the gusset plates off the mat.



I'll be glad when I'm done assembling the truss rafters and I can see some progress on my building.

George
Mt.Albert Lumber Yard Diorama Build By Fast Tracks
Posted by Mike Hamer On 07/24/2018 At 4:58:36 PM


Last year, Tim Warris at Fast Tracks Hoobyworks purchased Mt. Albert Scale Lumber from Gerry Cornwell. Gerry had offered some really great O-scale structure kits and had already begun bringing them out in HO scale. At Gerry's asking, I built his first HO scale offering, Northway Tractor Repair. Tim is keen to carry on Gerry's tradition with this great looking Lumber facility. Tim has asked me to build my version of this second HO offering.



As the box image showcases, there are three complete structures to be created as well as a flatbed truck.



The standard kit contents image.



A brochure from Tim for Fast Tracks was included in the box.



An image from the CD on my computer of what the finished product should resemble, although I may add rail service to the diorama and possibly change the juxtaposition of the buildings.



This was my version of the first HO structure offering from Mt. Albert Scale Lumber that I built three summers ago.



It was their Northway Tractor Repair kit.
That build can be found at...

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45520



I had a ball creating this diorama for such an awesome kit, and I am sure to have just as much fun with the Mt. Albert Lumber Diorama.
Very Nice Pondorosa/Lodgepole trees
Posted by quartergauger48 On 07/23/2018 At 5:01:17 PM
I received these very nice scratch built tall pines from forum member
ON30VINCE. These are O Scale size 6 to 15 inches high with limbs at the bottoms. Vince can build the size you need. One of the problems on layouts is trees are usually too short compared to a prototypical tree. So taller is always better. And these are nice and tall. Send Vince a PM if you're interested in having him make you a few trees.







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 Posted By: Kenneth Duwa 
New builder, trying to make a river, need to know how, step by step
Signed: 5/17/2008 11:01:18 PM
 Posted By: Kenneth Haan 
Most interesting site, I shall, when my web site comes back on line to place a link to here.

Since 1983 I have sold many kits to many satified cusomters, however due to the tough economic times and the deluge of modeling equipment dumped onto the modeling market, most customers cannot make up their mind as what to buy and purchase nothing.

Remember when, Mr. Athearn and his company would announce a new car type about once each year. The new car would be manufactured in ten road names and priced within the means of common modelers.

Now everybody in the marketplace is scrambling to put out as much and more than the buying public can swallow. Note as well the great number of model railroad stores simply throwing in the towel and exiting the business as too highly competitive and or too much to keep in their modest inventory.

Worse, is the way companies do business, buying a lump trailer full of trains and once sold or out of parts to maintain them, they say to the customer, "That's Tough!"

My business too feels the crunch, and mattering on this year's sales figures will make our mind as to remaining in business or slipping from sight.
Signed: 4/15/2008 7:13:20 AM
 Posted By: Douglas K. Lee 
Hello, I was introduced to this forum by a friend. I have recently come across many interesting items, that I am hoping someone out there can help me with. original plans and scale drawings for a stream line scale type elect. train submitted to Lewis marx in 1950, I also have #1 produced still in the box. #32250 I am looking for some direction. any comments or suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks, Douglas K. Lee
Signed: 3/21/2008 10:26:10 AM
 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?
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 Posted By: Stan Rosskamp 
Just interested in viewing.
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 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
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