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MarkF
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Posted - 03/20/2016 :  3:16:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can tell you all that pictures simply do not do Rick's work justice! Even though there are only mock ups in place, knowing what Rick has done on the rest of the railroad, its easy to envision what the finished product will look like. I'm going to enjoy watching this come together.

Mark

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Harsco
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Posted - 03/20/2016 :  3:41:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Bill....the thought of taking all the "stuff" off the layout just so I can tape or glue the backdrops up makes me break out in hives, but it's gotta get done....soon...someday...maybe.

Bob....you are the winner! The opening credits for "The Office" shows a brick building in Scranton with the sign "Penn Paper". In this case, I'm thinking warehouse, not manufacturing.



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Harsco
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Posted - 03/20/2016 :  5:02:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The other project that's been keeping me preoccupied is an Argon Storage Facility that will be located next to the Basic Oxygen Furnace in Maclay Street. As an inert gas, argon blanketing of molten iron or steel has some beneficial advantages, so a supply is usually kept nearly to inject into the process. Dean Freytag's "Cyclopedia of Industrial Modeling" is a great source of information and inspiration; in Dean's case, he used two of the old AHM Helium Cars as the base components.

Not having two Helium Cars, and after consulting Ebay and seeing what they were going for these days, I decided to follow Dean's advice and fabricate the facility from scratch. Here's what it's supposed to look like:

[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/Article_zpsb367gz6q.jpg.html][/URL]


The first step was to fabricate an inner box to mount rows of 1/4 inch plastic tubing to simulate the high pressure cylinders:
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4338_zpst7va43mc.jpg.html][/URL]

Next, everything was glued together:
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4339_zpsiy1s4dda.jpg.html][/URL]

Ten lengths of Evergreen 1/4 inch tubing was then cut to length (actually 11, but that was a miscalculation which doesn't really show up in the finished model)and using a jig, glued to one side of the box:
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4341_zpsjg0dn7ns.jpg.html][/URL]

[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4342_zpsvsd5tcwb.jpg.html][/URL]

I should note for clarity's sake that I only modeled one side of the facility, since the back will face a wall and not be seen unless picked up.

One the tubes were set, I made up a short side of corrugated siding, then measured, cut, and attached lengths of 1/8th and 1/16th Evergreen channel for the bracing. I-beams and pylons grabbed from the Nibs and Nabs drawer gave it a pretty sturdy base.
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4346_zpsdmx78wk3.jpg.html][/URL]

One end was given doors on two levels for maintenance folks to gain access to the manifold piping; these were fabricated from .020 sheet and Tichy hinges. The door handles are just pieces of .012 wire:
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4371_zpsmy5g09tt.jpg.html][/URL]

Next came the floors, stairs, and railings using Tichy parts, .020 x .030 strip and .015 rod:
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4433_zpsxgitwcaa.jpg.html][/URL]


The other end took some futzing. Dean's advice really didn't address it, but using a little imagination and some previous career information, I figured they would need access to the other end of the high pressure cylinder which typically have the relief valves mounted on that end. After a few failed experiments, I settled on making some disks using a paper punch, gluing them in light with the tubes, then attaching a Grant Line NBW casting to each disk to simulate the access hatch mounting hardware. Here's what the finished product looks like:
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4430_zpshjxnwcxp.jpg.html][/URL]

A couple of lights and supporting rods were added to detail it up a little more. Here it is shown at it's future location next to the BOF:
[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4434_zpsavigkdpq.jpg.html][/URL]

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the results, although the jury is still out pending the paint job, will be green. At the moment I'm experimenting with airbrushing acrylic craft paints....






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jbvb
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Posted - 03/20/2016 :  7:40:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For a multi-layered, detailed structure of foreground quality, experimenting with new paint techniques wouldn't be my first choice.


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Harsco
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Posted - 03/20/2016 :  8:10:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb

For a multi-layered, detailed structure of foreground quality, experimenting with new paint techniques wouldn't be my first choice.



Ordinarily I'd agree wholeheartedly, but my usual method (rattle can) won't get in all the nooks and crannies, so it looks like it has to be an airbrush job, which I haven't done in....hmmm...quite a while.



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BN_Fan
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Posted - 03/20/2016 :  8:55:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick - another fine structure for the MaClay area. It looks great. Glad to see Mark did some matrix work for staging too. I figured he had it on his short list after doing his own staging yards.


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Brunton
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Posted - 03/21/2016 :  06:45:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Brunton's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Pretty cool gas rack, Rick!

(say that five times fast)



Edited by - Brunton on 03/21/2016 06:46:18 AM

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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/21/2016 :  08:44:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is a great looking structure, Rick!


Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3

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Harsco
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Posted - 03/21/2016 :  09:45:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the comments, guys....following some You Tube videos, I mixed up a 50/50 batch of gray craft paint and windshield washer fluid last night and gave it a coat; the results were...not spectacular, but hopefully just what happens on a first coat by a rusty modeler. The finish looks splotchy and uneven, but all I needed to do was put down an undercoat for the green. I'm using a Badger single action brush with a Medium tip at 30 psi. Hopefully the top coat will come out better...


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MarkF
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Posted - 03/21/2016 :  1:01:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last week, a fellow from the Philly Division of the NMRA stopped by Rick's house and did a series of video's of Rick's layout. I thought I'd share these here for those of you who have followed Rick's progress. These videos are great and give you a different perspective of Rick's layout and a better appreciation of some of the details.

The first see of videos is a trip along the mainline, staging to staging, traveling eastbound and westbound;

Eastbound: https://youtu.be/7WFbTRapcmM
Westbound: https://youtu.be/Fba2jxx8L8M

This next visit takes you into some of the switching areas, specifically State Street, Capital Street, Market Street, and then through the Herr Street steel complex;

Yard Work: https://youtu.be/MkOtHG-ZIEU

For those who have been following Rick's recent addition of the Linglestown branch line, here is a trip up that branch into Linglestown;

Branch: https://youtu.be/SFyGQyHmFD8

And finally a 'flyover' video providing some great views of the layout;

Flyover: https://youtu.be/QO26oNc-Ryg

Enjoy!


Mark

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BN_Fan
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Posted - 03/21/2016 :  8:27:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One certainly gets a different perspective at ground level. During op sessions you never actually see a lot of the details that appears while running at proto height. Glad you let Bill tape it.


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Harsco
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Posted - 03/23/2016 :  08:13:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After a lot of fussing, cussing, head-scratching,and several failed attempts, I finally managed to get the facility painted:

[URL=http://s229.photobucket.com/user/RBickmore/media/IMG_4482_zpsxtizvddp.jpg.html][/URL]

Lately I've been fascinated with the idea of airbrushing acrylic craft paints; the range of colors and shades available far outstrip the ones offered by the modeling specific manufacturers, giving us a lot more choices than usual. In this case, I used Americana "Plantation Pine" for the finish coat, but not before a couple of failed attempts using a Badger single action brush. Despite following all the You Tube directions (windshield washer fluid as the solvent, 50/50 mix, correct air pressure), the spray pattern ended up blotchy and uneven. Figuring it was the paint, I then tried again, this time taking care to strain the paint beforehand, but the results were the same. Head scratching ensued: the paint was fresh, the mix was the right consistency, the air pressure dead on, the airbrush nozzle clean....in desperation, I dug out a double action Badger airbrush I had gotten from Steam, jammed the bottle into it, and was immediately pleased to find it spraying a nice, even pattern.

Who'd thunk? Obviously my single action nozzles (both Heavy and Medium) were defective....I guess.

In any case, I'm happy with the results.



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MarkF
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Posted - 03/23/2016 :  1:07:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks great Rick! One of these days I'm going to have to dig out my airbrush and reacquaint myself with it.

Those are nice looking light fixtures. Are you going to light it up? That would look great!


Mark

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jbvb
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Posted - 03/23/2016 :  3:10:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It depends a bit on what kinds of paint you've used in an airbush, but eventually the tip parts (cone & pointy nozzle) will need a solvent soak followed by some exploration with .020 brass wire. Did you try your Fine tip at all? The Heavy and Medium are intended for paints with coarser pigments and making heavier coats.


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Jeff G
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Posted - 03/24/2016 :  03:06:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Perfect timing as I've been dealing with these issues as well as paint not adhering properly (that was probably due to mold release remaining on the resin castings I was painting but that's another story). One possible culprit is tip drying. If you add a couple of drops of a flow aid or retarder (Golden's, Liquitex, etc.), it should solve the problem. Of course, keeping the airbrush absolutely clean is essential. I'm also using Americana Folkart craft paint mixed 50-50 with windshield washer fluid. As for the paint, those who use the craft paints advise that it has to say "all purpose" or "multi-purpose" on the bottle. Tube-type artists acrylics evidently will gum up and clump in the bottle and I'm not brave enough to tempt fate.

Anyway, here's the kicker; I'm using the cheap single action airbrush from Harbor Freight and it hasn't failed me yet!



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