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    This sawmill is heavily animated. The log carriage rides back and forth on a dot matrix print carriage bar. The main fixtures were made from CHB hardware and scale lumber. A steam engine that drives the lineshaft system is also animated. The boiler has a flame unit installed and is lined with fool's gold to look like glowing coals. The saw blade spins on a can motor and it will cut balsa. ITTC made the sound card for me and I added limiter switches to each end of the log carriage so the saw sounds only work while the log is in front of the spinning blade. The roof is covered in homemade corrugated cardstock. I just pressed thin business card stock between two sheets of corrugated Evergreen styrene sheeting to make them. I sprayed the pressed paper with Roof Brown and added Bragdon's weathering powders to give them the final look. They glue down fast and they're almost free.



















  • #2
    WOW!!!

    Harold

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    • #3
      Outstanding. Definitely a high water mark.

      JIM

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      • #4
        Good Early Morning on30,

        I am amazed by your sawmill, . .since I worked in one for about 6 years and held most of the positions. I particularly like the overhead view of your edger. What kind of wood does your mill cut? Doug Fir, Hemlock, Pine, Cedar, Sitka Spruce, or smelly Cottonwood? Thanks for sharing your mill with us.

        Allen

        Off-bearing in the West!

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        Originally posted by on30


        This sawmill is heavily animated. . .



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        • #5
          excellent workmanship and impressive details, I wish I could see it in person to watch the movement. Pat

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          • #6
            Nicely done , Bama , and great detail . :up: :up:

            TERRY

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            • #7
              Thanks guys. I figured out that in a small room, you only need three or four really nice structures in On30 to act as focal points. The rest just act as backdrops and filler scenery. If all were to get the attention this one got, they'd all fight for the leading roles in the railroad show! I had fun with it and it did well in the regional competitions against structures I thought were far better.

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              • #8
                on30,

                You have given me something to think about as I may have planned for too many structures for the size of layout I have. The principle for number of structures may indeed be true for all scales built in their like-sized scaled areas.

                Allen

                Modelling the East in the West!

                quote:


                Originally posted by on30


                . . .in a small room, you only need three or four really nice structures in On30 to act as focal points. The rest just act as backdrops and filler scenery. . .



                <font size="4"><font face="Comic Sans MS"><font color="blue">Allen</font id="blue"></font id="Comic Sans MS"></font id="size4"> []<br /><br><b><font face="Comic Sans MS"><font size="3"><i>Modeling the East in the West on the <font color="green">Northeastern</font id="green"> <font color="blue">Pacific RIM</font id="blue">, <font color="green">Oregon</font id="green">, that is!</i></font id="size3"></font id="Comic Sans MS"></b>

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                • #9
                  on30,

                  That is one beautiful structure. I love the interior picture of the log with several cuts already made!
                  Bruce

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                  • #10
                    Very nice work. Thanks for the inspiration!

                    Do you recall the source of the sawmill machinery details?

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                    • #11
                      WOW! Would be cool to see and hear this someday.

                      Maybe you have a friend who can put a short movie of it on the web?

                      Outstanding work my friend!

                      Marty

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                      • #12
                        Betageek - The sawmill equipment was constructed from CHB and the new released CHB hardware kits you can getfrom Brett at Sierra West. His new releases are made from a stronger alloy metal that works very well for animating these things. The new stronger metal doesn't acid blacken as quickly or as dark, but still ages very well and doesn't suffer as much hydrogen embrittlement from the process.

                        Lab-dad - The layout will be included in the 2005 NMRA National convention's home layout tour schedule for all to stop by and see. It would be nice to figure out how to uplaod a video. A friend just purchased a digital camcorder.

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                        • #13

                          On30,

                          That is a great looking sawmill. I am really excited about the CHB kits from Brett.

                          Paul

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                          • #14
                            On30,

                            Another question: The boiler. Did this also come from Sierra West?

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                            • #15
                              I bought an old SS LTD stationary boiler kit. I used the side straps and some of the plumbing. I took the rear casting and inverted it, then tossed the rest in the parts bins. The brick sides were made from DPM blank wall castings, cut down to the size I wanted. The roof is cardstock covered in rivit embossed brass. I lined the bottom with crushed fool's gold and added a super flame maker circuit board inside the roof of the boiler. I added real crushed coal around the outside for a nice touch. The inside of the woodframe shed is lined halfway up with corrugated metal (heat shields). The stack is a length of brass tubing painted engine black. Acid wash all the cast parts for a nice looking finish. Easy add-on to do.

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