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  • I don't see any people on yours. But otherwise pretty darn close.

    I thought this was an unusual picture of the Slocan with a barge in tow.


    Frank

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    • What Bob, Greg and Frank said!
      Carl

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      • Thank you Bob, Greg, Frank, and Carl.

        That's a great photo, Frank. It would make a neat diorama.

        I am continuing to build the railing and once they have been completed I have a few details to add before I can move up to the next level which presents another challenge:



        As you can see there is a series of windows that serve to let sunlight into the passenger area (lounge, dining room, smoking room, etc.). The windows encircle the entire area. It appears that the windows are in banks of three as I have outlined in red.

        I have been unable to find windows like this and have been thinking of the best way to make them. It would seem that to have the windows laser cut for me in the banks of three as outlined would be the easiest.

        I have contacted a couple of kit makers who would be willing to cut them for me if I could send them a file with the master with which to work. I'm not sure how to do that so I am calling upon the collective wisdom and experience of the members of the forum for guidance as to how and who I should get to do this. I need a large number of these as the windows continue completely around the deck.

        Any help would be appreciated.

        Jeff

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        • Jeff, it would not be too hard to make a pdf, or eps, or dxf file of these windows, if you can post a precise plan with measures. I suppose, though, that they are not all exactly the same.

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          • Hi All;

            Jeff, if you know the scale of the drawings you're working from that shouldn't be a problem. If you have a drawing program such as TurboCad or such that does 2D CAD to scale it's just a matter of drawing the windows to full scale. Most cad programs can print to whatever scale you want, for example 1/4"=1'-0". I have TurboCad and it will print to 1:87 if that's your scale. If you need a draftsman to do this, let me know. I'd be happy to do that for you.
            Gord Schneider

            President and Chief Engineer,

            Kootenay Lakes Steam & Navigation Company

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            • Hi Jeff,

              What size are those arched mini-windows?

              I would recommend Walt @ Rusty Stumps if you end up needing them custom made.
              Carl

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              • Thank you Frederic, Gord, Carl, and those who PMed me with offers of assistance. I had more offers than I anticipated.

                The drawings are completed and I am awaiting the finished product. I will keep you posted.

                In the meantime, I am continuing with the railing on the passenger deck and have now added the roof.







                I have a few more details to add to the passenger deck and some other finishing touches to do while I am waiting for the windows.

                Jeff

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                • Looks good. I like the colors.

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                  • It's always a pleasure to watch new progress on the sternwheeler, Jeff.

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                    • Jeff, It gets better and better all the time. I agree with Ray, I like the colors too.

                      Bob
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                      • WOW Jeff, she looks beautiful. I love these old BC lake boats.

                        John

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                        • Yep, I like it! :up:
                          Carl

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                          • Thank you Ray, Frederic, Bob, John and Carl. Your encouragement is much appreciated.

                            As I posted earlier, I need windows for skylights for the passenger deck. Darryl Jacobs (Rail and Tie) from Interaction Hobbies (www.interactionhobbies.com) was able to help me with that. I supplied him with a drawing and measurements and he was able to laser cut the windows for me.



                            I am very happy with the result. Some of you may remember the build of the CR Lamb that Darryl did as he was developing it as a kit. Shortly after its release a couple of other members of the forum (Tony Burgess and John Elwood if memory serves me correctly) did a build thread of the kit. It is available on the Interaction Hobbies website. There is a lot of other interesting kits and details on the website. It's worth a look.

                            Thank you Darryl for the great job on the windows. Now back to the build...

                            Jeff

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                            • I had some time so I got started on the windows this afternoon.

                              First I cut the floor from 0.020" styrene and glued it to the deck.



                              The idea was to use the edge of the floor as a lip to which to glue the windows. I used a photoetch bending tool to carefully bend the window set around the end of the skylights.





                              I started at the stern and will work toward midship. I will do the same from the bow and meet in the middle.

                              Jeff

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                              • Brilliant, Jeff.
                                Gord Schneider

                                President and Chief Engineer,

                                Kootenay Lakes Steam & Navigation Company

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