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  • I'm new here but I figure this is a good place to make my first post.



    made from wood, styrene, and metal siding material. Everything except the window castings are scratchbuilt.





    Still a tad bit of work to do as you can see from the shiny piece of tin over the loading conveyor.



    scratchbuilt coke ovens behind coal tipple. I made a master and cast wall sections from RTV molds. Five castings make up one side.



    finish loader



    In the process of being built. The conveyor is scratchbuilt from styrene.

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    • Jeff,

      I'm glad to see you posting over here on the RR-L Forum. That is one nice piece of scratchbuilding, using a variety of building materials. Did you have a set of plans from an article, or draw up your own? How did you make the master for the first wall section on the coke oven? Again, welcome.
      Bruce

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      • Jeff those are some great looking buildings. You have a great looking layout.
        Mike Mace

        Northern Division of the Santa Fe

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        • Jef,

          Some very nice work, and settings/views.

          Marc

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          • Jeff, thanks for the photos of your work. You've done some really nice scratchbuilding. :up:

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            • Here's a snowplow I recently scratchbuilt in On30. I cut down a chassis from a Bachmann flat car and used it and the trucks as a base. The rest was made from styrene, using plans and photos from the Gazette for Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad plows.





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              • Jeff, that's a very well executed coal tipple scene. :up: Did you do all the design work?

                Bob, nice looking little snow plow. :up:
                The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                • Bob,

                  Love the plow. That is something that I still have to add to the roster (even though it is perpetually summer on my layout.)
                  Bruce

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                  • Jeff, great looking scratch build. Looks like a really nice layout. Look forward to more pictures. Thanks for posting.

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                    • Thanks everyone, this forum is like the modelers forum, there is a ton of great work shown here.

                      The first tipple with the coke ovens is based off of two tipples on the Interstate RR, the tipple building is built from a tipple located at Dunbar and the coke ovens were made to look like those located at Pine Branch. I would have made the Pine Branch tipple but I liked the older tipple at Dunbar because it had moderen upgrades, like the new loading boom and it's steel hoist tower, that give it some charm. I didn't have pictures of the tipple in color so I just picked a color that would weather well and that I have seen tipples that were that color. I didn't have pictures of the coke ovens in color until I found a website about the town of Norton VA (where the Pine Branch ovens were located) and they had color pictures of what is left of the coke ovens today. Here is the link http://www.hagyfawbush.com/frontporc...Coke_Ovens.htm

                      Here is the black and white photo that I worked from.



                      I did make an error in my coke ovens that I did not catch until I had already made the mold and 10 castings. I made the space above the oven openings too tall. I decided to live with it but it still bugs me.

                      I made a post over on Trainboard that tracked the project from start until it is where it is now. I still have a little bit of work to do on the area and I will continue posting over at TB until I get this finished. Here is that link

                      http://www.trainboard.com/ultimatebb.../t/001337.html

                      I also did another post to track the progress of the smaller coal loader that I show you pictures of. Here is that link http://www.trainboard.com/cgi-bin/ul...t/001156.html?

                      I have lots of structures that I have scratchbuilt on my layout becuase I love to have different looking buildings and most of the time I can't find kits that look like what I see in my head when I invision a scene.

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                      • Jeff,

                        I did a quick scan of the two tutorials you posted on the TrainBoard. I'm going to have to spend more time looking at those. There's a wealth of information there. Thanks for the links.

                        George
                        The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                        • A while ago I scratchbuilt a copy of the FSM kit "Baxters Building Supplies" , using the photos from their website and print ads. All measurements had to be guesstimated, and not everything is exactly like the kit, which is OK as it makes it more "mine". I call my firm "Woodrows Building Supplies", a play on my last name - Boudreau, pronounced Bood row.

                          Here's a shot:



                          I wonder if anyone else has done similar projects, copying commercial kits? I did a partial copy of the FSM "Mackenzie Milling Co." many years ago too.

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                          • Hello Bob

                            Look on page 16 of this thread. My version of stuffy's and of Wilikers and the center building of skinners row. All by looking at the pictures around the net.
                            Vance

                            www.fsmtrees.com

                            www.trainsho.com

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                            • Bob Great looking copy of Baxter's. I like you and a lot of other members here like to sratchbuild. Here are two FSM kits that I have done copies of.



                              This is R. Schramm MFG. Co. I named it after my dad who is into wood working. I had the kit and used it at the club for many years. After so much wear and tear I rebuilt it using the castings from the kit.



                              This one is a copy of Sewell's Foundry. I named it after a friend, Morgan Iron Works. I moved the buildings around some and added a copy of the office from Duffy's. I also have built copied of some of the building on the FSM layout from pictures off the internet.
                              Mike Mace

                              Northern Division of the Santa Fe

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                              • Mike & Bob, boy, that's some great work, especially working "by eye." Big DUH.[:-dunce] It finally ocurred to me why people put FSM instruction sheets up on eBay. I guess other people like to do the same thing. Sheesh! I shoulda figured that one out.

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