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  • Well I have been looking into the type engine house I wanted to build. I have had several sets of plans and just could not decide. One day I was looking across the internet and found Anvil Mountain Models. They have several laser cut kits. They had an Engine house on one of their website that I thought was pretty interesting. So I contacted Lowell and asked him if he ever laser cut his kits in a larger size. He said that he had a guy that he had cut several kits in the 1:20.3 scale. I asked him about the engine house and he said he could. So I ordered it. I had the kit in about 2 weeks.

    Here is what it looked like clamped together..


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    • The Kit was really nice. But the scale appeared to be a little off. It just swallowed up my Shay. So I decided to do a little carving on what I had. So I reduce it to a smaller engine house. Here is what i came up with.




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      • Much better I think Lowell hit the scale button one too many times. I'm sure you can figure out what to make out of the spare parts.
        Frank

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        • Wow, you've really accomplished a lot since the last time I checked in here! The store and turntable look great.

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          • Thanks Ray,

            Frank most of the excess ended up on the scrap pile. I did end up with a few extra window frames now..

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            • While I was playing with the holding the engine house together. I was looking at making an exhaust stack for engine house.. After a little work I ended up with this. I was trying to use a an easily available pipe. So I used a 1.5" plumbing pipe and I made fittings for each end. I made one resin fitting for the end to fit the stack cap on..Sorry for the horrible picture using old cell phone.




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              • Looking forward to this taking shape

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                • When I got the Engine house there was a machine shop that was off the back. Once I had reduced the size of the engine house. I figured I may try to use the shop elsewhere. Knowing that i wanted a car shop took the shop and added one more bay to it and cut it for 2 tracks. Here is it clamped together..




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                  • Geez those buildings are big, nice chop job.

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                    • Coming along great. However, based on your previous work, I wonder if you would have done

                      better (and less expensive) by scratchbuilding them yourself. [:-angel]

                      Just thinking......

                      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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                      • Thanks Guys,

                        I had thought about scratch building the engine house but when I saw the one online I thought it would give me a great head start. It was within my hobby budget so I went this direction.

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                        • I have been going several different directions. I went ahead and put a 6" fascia on the whole layout. I will cut it to match the layout as I apply the ground cover..






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                          • Next i went about adding all the rest of the the foam to the layout. There were alot of very unusual shapes. So I found the best way was to take old magazines, paper and masking tape. I cut it to up and taped it together in the openings. this gave me a template for each opening. I took that to may foam and cut them out.






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                            • It works really great with the multiangled/curved pieces..


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                              • Here is a shot of it all finished.

                                Ty


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