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George D
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Posted - 01/26/2021 :  1:40:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James, I like your idea. I think I have some Plexiglas in the garage. I have a band saw to cut it.

Scott, I think I'll try the Plexiglas and sand the edges before I think about making molds.

George


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George D
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Posted - 01/29/2021 :  11:00:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm starting on the roof details and shingling. The ice station has two cooling towers and the little structure at the top of the elevator that is used to lift ice from the ground floor.

I made the louvers for the cooling towers out of styrene. I started with strips of 1x12 styrene and glued 2x4 pieces along the edge then cut to length. These were then glued to a piece of styrene clapboard siding for spacing.







I glued a styrene frame around the louver pieces.



One of the louvers is shorter than the rest because the roof slope is different for each cooling tower.

Here's a completed cooling tower.



I've started shingling the roof with shingles I cut on my Cricut. I only had green shingles on hand, so the Cricut saved me ordering time and shipping costs. It took the machine about 20 minutes to cut the shingles from a sheet of light gray cardstock.



This shingling is tedious, but I hope to finish it today.

George


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Carl B
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Posted - 01/29/2021 :  11:18:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like that louver technique George! They look great.

I suspect the Cricut could make random length shingles too ?



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 01/29/2021 :  12:41:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sharp looking louvers there, George. This is a great scratch build, some slick techniques.

Jim


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George D
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Posted - 01/29/2021 :  12:45:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carl, I made random length shingles on my O scale lobster shack.
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50263



The Cricut doesn't do neat inside cuts, which you have to deal with when cutting random length shingles. I should say my Cricut Explore doesn't do nice inside cuts. The latest model, the Maker is supposed to do a better job. The CFO says I can't upgrade.

After the Cricut had cut the shingles, I had to do some trimming with my scalpel.



Here are the drawings I used for the two types of shingles.

Random length:



Matching length:



On the ice station shingles, those aren't corner cuts, rather they are perpendicular cuts across a cut line.

George


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sgtbob
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Posted - 01/29/2021 :  1:57:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking real good. I like your lovers too.

Bob


http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30102
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51837

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robert goslin
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Posted - 01/29/2021 :  4:21:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The louvers look great George. Very interesting method, and another idea for me to keep handy.
In the past I've just used smaller clapboard to represent the louvers, but your technique is much more realistic.

Looks like a few of us are about to start shingling our rooves. Can't avoid it forever I guess.


Regards Rob

My current build.
http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53468

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CNE1899
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Posted - 01/29/2021 :  8:42:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George,

The vents came out perfect! Like the shingles as well. Thanks for posting the drawings and some more info on the Circuit.

Scott



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 01/30/2021 :  09:33:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Really nice George.


Frank

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George D
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Posted - 01/30/2021 :  09:53:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Bob, Rob, Scott and Frank.

George


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George D
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Posted - 01/30/2021 :  09:53:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Bob, Rob, Scott and Frank.

George


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/30/2021 :  10:26:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
George,

Your louvers are neatly done. Very realistic.

As for shingles, thats the next step on my B&O tower and Ive put it off by starting a second challenge. You deserve congratulations for plunging right in.

Mike



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Ensign
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Posted - 01/30/2021 :  10:39:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George, I agree with the others, those louvers look great!

Greg



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Guff
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Posted - 01/30/2021 :  12:28:46 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
George,
Louvers look good...I tucked your louver making method into my files.
Thanks


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George D
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Posted - 01/30/2021 :  8:46:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the nice comments, Mike Greg and David.

George


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