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O scale mixed media kitbash/scratchbuild
Posted by danielb On 05/19/2017 At 9:43:11 PM
I'm planning a structure build for Piedmont Blues, and am starting with a small Clevermodels kit - in this case the Brick Garage with Loft - and changing it into something totally different.

The idea is to use Clevermodels textures for the brickwork, and the roof, which will be sheet metal. The rest will be made from card and wood.

At least, that's the plan!

I'm not sure what industry this could be, though it wont be a rail served structure. The layout is set in 1965 - any suggestions on what it could be would be most appreciated. :)

The idea is that the original garage structure has been built on top of, the roof removed and a new, flat work area with an enclosed staircase up to both it, and the timber and clapboard tower structure.



I intend to build the structure in the way it would have actually have been built in "reality".

So, the garage structure will take centre stage at the beginning of the build. On top of that, I'll add timber cross beams, and build upwards from there.

I'll post progress photos as and how it goes. :)
looking for small industry construction articles
Posted by jschumaker On 05/17/2017 At 3:27:04 PM
I am working on a 4' x 5' L-shaped layout. Each leg of the L is only 1' wide. I am looking for construction articles of small industries, similar to the 8-ball locomotive works that was in the Oct. 1971 and Feb. 1951 RMC. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jeff S.
Old Classic Kit with Some Additions
Posted by halrey On 05/15/2017 At 10:46:21 PM
A few years ago I picked up 3 of the old Alexander Little Hook kits on Ebay, so a week ago I thought I would build one. But as usual I felt the needed to make a few changes...
I re-laser cut the cab, a little larger with a different roof, new windows and a more interesting door. I added a foot step and a hand rail. I also re-cut the cross trusses so it was one piece( which made assembly easier) and added some small truss plates, and some hinges and tops to the tool boxes on the side of the cab. Oh, and a LED lamp over the door. Anyway, it was fun to build one again, the last one I built back in 1969 or 70.

Hal






building permits
Posted by kebmo On 05/14/2017 At 07:19:02 AM
i manage a couple of condo properties in a northern suburb of chicago. it's an affluent suburb, and years ago i was a letter carrier in the town. back then, "starter homes" in the town were going for $350,000-$400,000, and they were being torn down to put up mcmansions. imagine my surprise when i saw this house a few days ago:




that east wall you're looking at is less than 6', and the other end is less than 14'. howinthehell were they able to convince the town to issue a permit to build this thing? if i were a neighbor i'd be so pissed off.....
Caterpillar Railroad right-of-way cleaning flatcar
Posted by desertdrover On 05/13/2017 At 4:53:41 PM
This is by far, hands down, the ugliest model I have ever produced. It is even almost a shame to show to the public. I've had one in use for years, and asked by a friend to make one up for him. So here goes. It is ugly, yes! But also simple to make, great for getting the job at hand done, and easy to clean after use.
This Libman vent brush with Polymer fibers twisted on a steel wire rod 18" long x 1-1/4" wide will be the main working part for this cleaning tool flatcar, for removal of spider webs and critters living in our Railroad tunnels, across the track between trees, and trackside areas. No one said it had to be pretty, it just has to do a good job, and that it does.
I started with a Libman vent brush pictured below, and an old Tyco culvert pipe load flatcar. The first section of the brush was cut 11” long, then bent back at the middle section of its self with the ends turned in and wired together to form the base of the cleaning brush for the top of the flatcar. This oval section is now (from fibers to fibers) measuring 6-1/2” long x 2-1/2” wide. A Standards Gage for HO scale is 2-1/16” wide, and the brush is made 2-1/2” wide to give a good clean swipe through tunnels, and all spaces within the Standards Gage measurement.
After making second cut of the Libman brush at the handle, you are left with a 7” brush to be used for the top of the base to give the height needed on the cleaning flatcar. Both ends, 1” long of the brush are bent down to form a “U” shape, and give the height needed for the cleaning flatcar. The “U” shaped brush is set down in-between the base oval brush, and with thin floral wire, tied at both ends to the base. Then the flatcar is weighted down with weights to help hold down to the track, and the brush cleaner is wired to the flatcar. With the Standards Gage up against the flatcar you can see the brush just extends over the top, and the sides for a good cleaning sweep. This model still needs metal wheel sets and a set of Kadee couplers installed. Once it runs around your track with your maintenance locomotive pushing it along, the cleaning flatcar can be wiped clean or vacuumed. Then hidden from the public until the next cleaning run.





















Silver plume store in HO
Posted by Graffen On 05/12/2017 At 7:13:30 PM
Hi all!
This is my latest build that only took me two days to finish.
I had this HSM Silver plume store kit. (Same MFG as the fire station I built)



Really nice old craftsman kit with mostly printed cardboard and wood parts. Moulded plastic windows and corbels.
The walls had to be cut from sheet wood.
Roof material is surgical tape.
Real glass in the windows (which needs to be cleaned...) #128512;.






The smoke stack is made from a wood dowel.





Now some interior to make.
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 Posted By: Stan Rosskamp 
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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.
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 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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 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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 Posted By: Reg 
Great site, just trying to get some ideas
for HO.
Thanks
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 Posted By: clinchvalley 
Great forum site, my favorite. Thanks to Mike K for turning me on to it.

Larry
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Trying to find Dan S to make sure he knows about our 20th H.S. reunion in Marcellus on July 7th week-end. I goggled the name and found it on this site. Dan if you can reach out to colegroves@adelphia.net to make sure we have your new mailing address, I would appreciate it. Thanks, MAC
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