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  • Mike,

    Nice machine set up. I've always been fascinated by line drive machines. Here's a pic of an early shop to give you a better idea of it looked like back in the day.



    May give you some ideas. Just Google "line shaft pulleys and belting".

    Bernd
    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

    Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

    New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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    • I think it was Chuck Doan who suggested mylar for modeling the leather belts. I have 2 different machine shop projects put away (Wichendon Machine and some stuff in my roundhouse), so I'm watching this with great interest!

      dave
      Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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      • Bernd, thank you for the photo. I've been searching on and off for images from back then but have not seen this one. It has a lot of detail.

        Dave, I am going to try Tyvek, a new material to me. Several people on here have used it (including Bob Harris) because of its texture and ease of use. We will see how it turns out.

        Mike
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        • Mylar and Tyvek work well and I've seen good belts made from thin brown paper lunch bags too.

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          • Your layout of all the machines looks good, Mike.

            The leather belting industry was a good customer of the tanning industry.

            Now you need to add a leather belting manufacturer to your stack of kits. MicroScale Models offers one.

            http://micro-scale.com/wp-content/up...-tank-view.jpg
            Bruce

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            • Bruce,

              You're right. I also plan to have a carriage industry and they are going to need leather goods.

              I love learning about these old industries.

              Mike
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              • Great looking machinery and floor joist planning Mike.

                Philip
                Philip

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                • Thank you, Philip.
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                  • As mentioned Mike, very nice work on those intricate machines. Well done'..[^]


                    Ted

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                    • Ted, Thank you.

                      I'm giving my eyes a rest by working on the walls and roof. I'm almost finished with painting the walls. The roof is going to require several trusses and will be removable.

                      Mike
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                      • With the past weekend and the day off today for the election (yes, I voted)available for modeling in-between raking leaves and other household tasks, I scored a model railroading trifecta of sorts, making progress on three models.

                        First, I added a sign to the general store, naming it after Dave Guffey, veteran modeler of many fine large-scale structures.



                        The sign is small, about the size of the one in the photo I worked from while building this model. In fact, many small-town and neighborhood businesses had little in the way of signs or very modest ones at most. After all, their clientele lived locally and did not need signs to tell them where the general store, blacksmith shop, and livery stable were located.

                        I have all the bits and pieces ready to build the main shaft of the machine shop, but I switched pulleys so to speak and constructed eight trusses for the roof. I could not resist setting up the four walls of the shop to see how the whole car shop will look.



                        The four walls are just leaning against each other, a testament to how straight and plumb I was able to build them. I consider this a real advantage in board on board construction over sheetwood. The latter likes to warp easily and it is easy to end up with a wall that is a little wonky

                        My layout made some progress with all homasote cut out and ready to be painted a neutral color.





                        I will cut the lift-out sections for in front of the window at some later date.

                        Next on the list are:

                        - building an interior for the store, using some the ideas I have gathered.

                        - Build the Main shaft of the machine shop, install the countershafts, and add belts.

                        - paint the sections of homasote--both sides--screw them down, and start laying out the track.

                        Why so many goals all at the same time? I usually do some work over lunch in my office at work, a little when I get home after work, and perhaps some in the evening. The machine shop and general store are getting too delicate to carry between home and work, so one will be the lunchtime project while the other is the after work project.

                        Mike
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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • Nice progress Mike.

                          Really liking the Machine Shop. I'm going to have to try that board by board construction. Going to need a shelter of some sort for those quarry critters to keep the rain off them.

                          Bernd
                          New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

                          Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

                          New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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                          • Mike,

                            Thank you for the honor of naming the store after me. Now we have to put some things in the window and open the store for business.

                            Much appreciated,

                            Dave
                            Dave

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                              Originally posted by Bernd


                              Nice progress Mike.

                              Really liking the Machine Shop. I'm going to have to try that board by board construction. Going to need a shelter of some sort for those quarry critters to keep the rain off them.

                              Bernd


                              Bernd, thank you.
                              I'm picturing a brick critter house for your stable of horsepower. Maybe for a quarry that might be a little too much.

                              Mke
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                              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                                Originally posted by Guff


                                Mike,

                                Thank you for the honor of naming the store after me. Now we have to put some things in the window and open the store for business.

                                Much appreciated,

                                Dave


                                Dave,

                                You are more than welcome. Much deserved. I enjoy watchng you work and you seem to have a feel for old-fashioned neighborhoods. Once I thought of it, everything fell together. I found a Victorian-looking font on the web, was able to play with color to match the background to the structure paint, and got the look I wanted.

                                Mike
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