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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: Frank DeBonis 
Stumbled on this site and saw my January 1989 RMC cover shot of Phil Chiavetta's layout. Haven't thought about that for a long time. Thanks for the memories!
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I look forward to making a contribution hopefully and learning a great deal in the process. A question: is there any information as to the steps to the installation of manual switch mechanisms? As a novice, I seem to be at aloss as to how to set them up. Paul
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i saw Dr. patti's layout and it is highly detailed and accurate. must have taken years to complete .
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Hi ya'all...
I have been reading the forums for quite some time, and am very impressed with everyone's entries here! So, I decided to join as a member. I will show you all what I am about, once I progress a little more on my current scratchbuild project.
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Up grading from H0 to On30. Eyes ain't what they used to be !
Any Kiwi's about?
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Can someone help? I have 2 full size wood box cars aprox 40' by 9'5" wide. How do I get rid of them or sell them?

Thanks,
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