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  • Philip
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    Looks great Ed!

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  • eTraxx
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    Printed, cut, glued. Braced with 1/8" matchstick wood (bag at Hobby Lobby). Printed fans.


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  • eTraxx
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    As I have stated in the past, one of the nice things about virtually modeling in Sketchup is the ability to print plans out to exact size. I took the Exhaust Shed and stripped off everything but the walls, floor and ceiling. I then unfolded the structure and added tabs and fold lines.

    It printed out nicely. The hard part is cutting on the lines. Sometimes I am more like a 4 year old with a crayon and a coloring book. *sigh*


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  • eTraxx
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    The next thing I had to do was locate the floors/ceilings. This was mostly so I could locate the windows. While ordnances vary widely, 24" from the floor is very common if the window is six feet or greater from the ground .. has to do with children falling out the window. While my structure most likely pre-dates any such ordnances I will use that using the "Theory of Mediocrity".

    I may put in a simple floor/ceiling as a view block .. and if I do that I may put in lighting. Since I have the LEDs and wire I may just do that .. "just in case".

    In any case knowing where the floors/ceilings are allows me to know where to add things like ducting and pipes for the 'machinery' installed in the building. Note that I know those 45° supports for the exhaust shack would wiggle all over the place .. cross-bracing might work.


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  • eTraxx
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    Originally posted by Guff


    Ed, I admire your creative talents in CAD and model building. Your work is inspiring!


    Thanks! The point I was hoping to get across is how it is much better to make mistakes in the CAD drawing. If it is in 3d .. Sketchup, Fusion etc. you can find problems before actually cutting the stripwood etc.

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  • Guff
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    Ed, I admire your creative talents in CAD and model building. Your work is inspiring!

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  • CNE1899
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    Wow, I wish I was that far along on Sketchup. But I think I may change to Fusion. Nice design work!

    Scott

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  • eTraxx
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    Sent some time today working on the tower. Reworked the tank frame to fit. Did a lot of wok on the transformer platform. This *might* seem to be a waste of time but really it is not as I can generate scale plans from it.



    A closer look at the transformer platform. I added three high-voltage insulators. I also added access to the platform as sell as the aforementioned wire barrier.


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  • eTraxx
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    Originally posted by Bill Gill


    Ed, Neat to follow along as you work through all the details. Looks good, and yes teh transformer within arms reach did catch my eye, but you'd already thought of that. I like the idea of the transformers being bolted through the water tank framing too.


    I tend to go with pastels given a choice .. other than that is the "style" chosen from a selection. I do post-process in Paint Shop Pro so can post to this forum but also use the Smart Photo Fix which applies various filters. Fun stuff.

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  • eTraxx
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    Originally posted by Bill Gill


    Ed, Neat to follow along as you work through all the details. Looks good, and yes teh transformer within arms reach did catch my eye, but you'd already thought of that. I like the idea of the transformers being bolted through the water tank framing too.


    I was thinking of how you can use tulle to make scale chain link fencing .. might be fun to do that as a guard.

    Honestly .. I find creating in CAD as much fun as the actual modeling. I think it is th creation thing

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  • Bill_Gill
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    Ed, Neat to follow along as you work through all the details. Looks good, and yes teh transformer within arms reach did catch my eye, but you'd already thought of that. I like the idea of the transformers being bolted through the water tank framing too.

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    Ed,

    What an interesting structure! I like its complexity and the surface textures that you will get with the variety of building materials and objects.

    This might seem odd, but I also like the artistry of your drawing. The soft hues with variations in intensity give it the look of a watercolor and the perspective in the last one is reminiscent of a Japanese print.

    Mike

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  • eTraxx
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    While cleaning the house some this morning I opened up SU and the Widget Supply Extension That way while having to do the mundane .. vaccum, wash dishes, clean the litter box .. I can stop by the computer .. squint one eye at the image and think .."OOO .. I can do .. THIS .."

    I moved the transformer platform to the left side. I had grabbed an old SU file that had the platform up high on round poles and modified it. Looking at it now I think it would work better if I eliminated the vertical posts and bolt through to the large posts that support the water tank framing. I need to have something over the clapboards thick enough to let the transformers clear.

    Reason I am posting this is just to show how the process works with a CAD program .. you can virtually build a model before actually taking knife to stripwood and work out a lot of the issues prior to building something.



    .. and yes .. even pre OSHA having the high-voltage bushings within arm's reach would have been thought dangerous. Just hold on .. if the platform remains there I would put in a block of some kind to protect the people .. a lattice or something similar

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  • eTraxx
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    Moved the exhaust 'shed' around to the front and added a transformer platform. The tank and frame is from an older drawing .. need to draw to fit.



    I'll let this percolate over night (some of my best Imagineering is done while asleep or near so). The exhaust shack has a pair of exhaust fans (the grills are from the jail windows from Rusty Stumps O scale Hoosegow. The transformers are some I had printed off long, long ago. I think I still have some hidden away.


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  • eTraxx
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    Originally posted by CNE1899


    Love the Widget building as well as what I can see of the layout.

    The tower is looking interesting, will be following.

    Scott


    Scott .. got more on the building on my website - http://www.deepriverrailroad.com/str...widget-supply/

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