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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: W Taylor 
Good evening
Signed: 3/14/2015 8:17:32 PM
 Posted By: Skip 
Although I model in HO, to this day I often refer to your book
HO Narrow Gauge Railroad you can build. It was published in Model Railroader magazine. One question I do have is quite a few of the figures you use in the book appear to be hand made. For years I have been searching for them with negative luck. Are they formed by hand and if so, how did you accomplish it ? Is there a book on the marked explaining the procedure ? Thank you for any information you can offer.
Skip
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 Posted By: Philip Anastasia 
Stumbled on this site while looking for a G scsale steam shovel- Interesting find...
Member: Rusty Rails & Rotten Ties Garden Railroad Club, and LargeScaleCentral among others
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 Posted By: Bill Reid 
I'm always amazed by how fantastic this site is! The creativity is astonishing and It's my #1 source for finding ideas. (I will confess that before retiring I often dropped by without signing in.... Has my memory failed or did the posting allow printing at one time?)
Thanks to all of you for sharing your ideas and talents!
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 Posted By: Rayisins 
I am looking for information on using disc magnets for uncoupling Kadee couplers for S gauge trains. Can anyone here help me?
Thanks
Ray
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 Posted By: Andy Reynolds 
Hi - Has anyone done a BIS Tidewater Kit? I have started one, but want to detail the inside of the Repair Shop. Any suggestions?
Signed: 9/10/2014 6:52:04 PM
 Posted By: samuel tarallo 
my grandfather name was salvino tarallo and was married to carmelita and they lived on bordentown ave in southamboy.The only imformation i could recollect he was eithera fireman or coductor for the raritan river railroad in 1970s and early 1980,they use to call him sambo,or pop,like grandpop,anyway he was my grandfather who carries a tradition on which i am proud to talk abouti think he worked with ray stocktenand other former emplyers.it is hard to get imformation on past employers,that is one reason i wrote,this is a good imformative site.
Signed: 9/2/2014 12:49:05 AM
 Posted By: RRRider 
Sam, There are a couple Raritan River RR employees that I know that may be able to help you. If I can pass along any additional information on an employee with that last name, I will do so. But if your grandfather had another family name it may not ring a bell with any of them. Please check the Raritan River RR Forum for updates or to add any additional information about your grandfather that might help. It is on this site, under Forums, then under Fallen Flag Railroads. I will post any other follow-up and direct anyone with info for you to that forum.
Signed: 8/20/2014 1:32:21 PM
 Posted By: sam tarallo 
my grandfather worked as a fireman in 1960s to 1980s on raritan river railroad.i am trying to get imformation on him on what job he did ,and who he worked with.the train use to go past stevens aveune in the morning in south amboy and my grandfather would wave to us or sometimes pick my older brother up and drive him back to there station located on john st in south amboy.these are momories i will cherish and never forget.
Signed: 8/5/2014 2:03:31 PM
 Posted By: Tom Gast 
Hi all. I have obtained a complete HO Scale Model Masterpieces Colorado & Southern Section House kit #104 minus the instructions and drawings. Would anyone be able copy these for me? I certainly am willing to pay for your trouble. Thanks, Tom
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