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  • #16
    Hi Scott,

    It's only fair that I post on theis informative thread since you have posted on mine.
    Although I don't model in Z scale, it looks to be an extensive project and I will be following.
    Looks great from here, nice work so far. I'm a "sucker" for excellent builds, in any scale.



    • #17

      Thanks for checking in and leaving the nice comment ! This is all new for me.
      I've never done any model railroading before, and I haven't done any modeling since high school.
      Between learning, life's distractions and ADD, the project may move slowly.

      I am currently working on the floor and hope to have some pictures for tomorrow.

      Last edited by CNE1899; 11-20-2021, 10:48 PM.


      • #18
        Put some time in on the base, track, and concrete floor. The base I had cut out of some scrap Baltic Birch plywood. I wanted to use this plywood because it is very stable.
        I have allowed a 1/4 inch ledge all around, that the cover will sit on. I cut 1/4 inch slots for the two side walls and an 1/8th inch slot for the back wall.
        I have since filled the back wall slot in when I discovered more information on the BLW and changed the dimensions. I'll cut a new slot this week.
        The pencil lines on the base are the seven rail center lines and the new wall slot on the right.
        I cut cardboard strips from a note pad backer for the concrete and will paint and weather. I'll need to cut the concrete and track to the correct length for the bays inside the walls,
        and for the two bays that go out the doors. I still ned to cut spacers for the floor sections between the ties.

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        • #19
          Worked on center support columns. I'm laying them out for Circut.
          To the left of column are the column components to be cut.
          "Floating rectangles" around column, are for dimensional reference.
          I am learning how to print and cut from Cricut using Illustrator.
          Parts will be cut from card stock.

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          • #20
            Hi Scott, looks like nice precise work your doing there. Even in Z scale this thing looks big! Keep up the great work!



            • #21
              Made little more progress on the erecting shop. Removed the rail joiners, cut the rail to length with the razor saw. I held the rail down with Shuretape, it's so strong the we taped down parts to a Bridgeport deck to mill. I cut spacers to bring the backer cardboard between sections of rail, up to rail height. Next job is to cut pits into the cardboard. These pit are not the type that run down the center of the track, but run perpendicular. See the picture below, just behind the chassis and 4-4-2 and in front of the 4-6-0.

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              • #22
                I've been working on the center columns and crane wheel. The crane wheel I will try to grow.
                I am going to try my hand at Fusion 360. The wheel will be my starter project.
                The column I am working on in Illustrator and Photoshop. I hope to print and cut the columns
                in Cricut. Here is my first trial file.


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                • #23
                  I'm looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

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


                  • #24
                    Nice progress, and project. Looking forward to your progress here.

                    Louis L&R Western Railroad
                    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


                    • #25
                      Very good work incorporating the new method tools!
                      I wouldn't know where to start.


                      • #26
                        Mike, Louis, and Dave,

                        Thanks for checking in! I am taking the slow road due to a family medical situation, and having to learn some of these techniques as I go.
                        I'm trying to sneak time in on it, but I want to complete this one!



                        • #27
                          I made some more progress. I first painted black stain into the areas where the pits might be.
                          I then painted contact cement onto the base and ties. Let dry, then stuck down the rails and added weight.
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                          After those are dry, I cut spacers for between the rails. I cut out the areas where the pits will be. I painted on contact cement between the rails and on the spacers. After those were dry I stuck them down between the rails.
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                          Next I fit the actual concrete(backer cardboard) between the rails. I marked the areas where the pits will be and cut out the pits that are open.
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                          Here is a shot with the saddle tank that my dad created for In Service Models.
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                          • #28
                            I'm a bit late to the show but am very impressed with your build. Very interesting project to begin with and being executed quite thoughtfully. I'll be following along.



                            • #29

                              Thanks for looking in. I appreciate the comments.