Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

making realistic "cyclone" roof vents

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • making realistic "cyclone" roof vents

    For the last year or so have been scratchbuilding lots of structures. I think roof details in my opinion can be the most distinctive aspects of the buildings. My favorite detail is the conical shaped cyclone vents that are used on so many of the FSM kits. I've made several out of sculpymold, but feel there must be a better and easier way. Any ideas on making them, or do any manufacturers sell these as separate detail items. Thanks

  • #2
    David,

    Forum member Karl (wrongsideofthetracks), who owns Surrey Custom Models has them among his detail parts. Check out #35 in the attached link to see if this is what you want.

    http://www.surreycustommodels.com/detailparts.jpg

    Here is a picture of one installed on one of my buildings. The other stack is also one of Karl's.


    Bruce

    Comment


    • #3
      David,

      The roof details you request could be easily turned on a lathe, you just need some square stock in a 4 jaw chuck and just machine the cone and body, there is usually a gap between the cone and body on some lugs but you don't have to show that level of detail. Grandt line make some Engine house stacks in styrene that are extremely finely detailed, you could cut down. Order No

      5084 ENGINE HOUSE STACK SET 1 SET 3.95.

      If you don't have a lathe, then go talk to a teacher at one of your Trade or Technical schools, I have in the past used lathes and mills at one college out of hours before I bought my own for home, often they don't ask for any payment. Using a lathe is pretty easy once you get the basics.

      PaulD[:-sly]

      Comment


      • #4
        David, check out the November 2004 issue of RMC. On page 84 Gerry Leone shows how to scratch build one.
        Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
        FaceBook link: https://www.facebook.com/A-Dog-A-Van-and-A-View-108345371976229

        Comment


        • #5
          To make stacks with conical tops, including the vent openings at the top, use either a soda straw and cut small square pieces out of one end, or use brass tubing and file the openings in one end, or use a cutting disk in a Drenel tool. For the revolving "cyclone" vents, a casting of one of the round routing bits for a Dremel would provide a good model.

          Comment


          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by Wallace


            For the revolving "cyclone" vents, a casting of one of the round routing bits for a Dremel would provide a good model.


            Sheesh! I've seen that before, but never made the connection!
            And that's no Egap Fable!
            id="green">

            -Daveid="red">
            -Dave

            Comment


            • #7
              Thanks for your responses. I probably have misnamed the detail as a cyclone vent. In relity I think it is probably a "dust collector". Theyu are tall, tapered cylinders with a disc shaped cap on top and have large pipes branching to several places on the roof. Any further help would be appreciated and thanks again.

              Comment


              • #8
                Dave,

                I know Rix makes a package of roof vents, including a cyclone dust collector, and I believe Walther's package of roof vents contains some as well.

                Several guys come over to my house on Friday nights to work on the layout, run trains, and generally socialize, and one night we started talking about those cyclone vents. The question arose...do they "suck" or "blow"? Which of course ended up in a huge debate and ended up with an internet search, which then resulted in some great pictures of these beasts. (They suck, by the way). Then I started looking at them all around the Seattle area. There is a huge variety of sizes, and mounting methods (roof top, sides of buildings, free standing, etc). And they make great subjects to weather (read that: rust).

                Before I bought the Rix package, one of the fellows made one for me by turning a piece of 1" acrylic rod on his lathe. Which I then drilled out to accept some tubing, built a rack, and mounted it on the side of the building. I'll try to take a picture and post it for you.

                Comment


                • #9
                  David,

                  S.S. Ltd, a division of JAKS Industries, has two to choose from.

                  Walthers carries them also.

                  Here are the links.

                  http://66.241.223.134/merchant2/merc...Product_Count=

                  http://66.241.223.134/merchant2/merc...Product_Count=
                  Bruce

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I am always amazed by the kindness of the modeller's on this website. That someone would go to the trouble to looking up and providing the link for me is overwhelming. Thanks so very much

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      quote:


                      Originally posted by davidellinger77


                      I am always amazed by the kindness of the modeller's on this website. That someone would go to the trouble to looking up and providing the link for me is overwhelming. Thanks so very much


                      David,

                      You are very welcome. No trouble at all.
                      Bruce

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        David,

                        We have a number of different roof and wall exhausts. You can take a look at the various models here... http://www.surreycustommodels.com/roof.html also I do manufacture a roof top cyclone dust collector with a single pipe. This is not presently shown the site, but could take a picture of one if you need to see it. The model is designed to fit on a peaked roof. Also, I believe Al is correct - Walthers has a package of various roof top cyclones and vents. Think you get 60 odd vents or so... try this link... http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3158 I have not used them myself, but I imagine they are pretty good. I believe they are all injection molded plastic. From what I can see, they appear to be on sale $10. Seems very reasonable to me. For some more realistic pricier models you can try West Port Models .... try this link ... http://www.westportmodelworks.com/Building_details.htm . I have not bought anything from them but their models look pretty good. Cal Freight is another with a variety of different vents and such at ... http://www.calfreight.net/ . Anyway, hope you find what you are looking for...

                        Comment

                        Working...
                        X