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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:23 PM

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Thats insane! Did you make all of those parts yourself/from scratch?

Umm... yeah, that does look insane. Were these cast from patterns or 3D printed? If you scratch built all that from strip/sheet styrene you should win an award.

You guys are right and I agree, but I don't let insanity slow me down; otherwise I'd never get anything done.

But the real insanity is that this is N-scale. I shoulda added a penny (or a loony for our Canuck friends) to the photos to give some sense of scale.

And no, the pieces and parts were not built up from tiny fragments of strips and whatnot. That would be insane. I cut them from 0.060" sheet styrene with a cnc desktop micro-mill. I posted a while back that I sometimes feel a little guilty that I'm somehow cheating using such a device . . . but oh well.

3D printing has not yet reached the point that I'm interested; the 'tool marks' are too pronounced and are a royal pain in the buttocks to remove. And that's for HO; for N, no way.

Anyhow, here's a photo of some windows I cut a few years ago for the C&O station in Ashland, KY (re-purposed nowadays as a bank . . . dang!!). Also N-scale. These were cut from 0.030" sheet styrene.

I'll post some more stuff tomorrow or the next day from my current work.

Thanks.

Robert

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, September 14, 2019 11:47 PM

ROBERT PETRICK
I don't let insanity slow me down

Hi Robert,

CNC machine or not, that is pretty amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures.

Dave

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Sunday, September 15, 2019 3:02 PM

Here's a photo of the assembled building next door to its mock-up stand-in placeholder that I made last year out of matboard. I apologize that the whiteness is so washed out in the photo.

Notice I said assembled, and not finished or completed. This is the first draft of fabricating the building with the materials and techniques I intend to use for the final product, and even though it turned out reasonably well, it is still not there. The purpose of going through a first draft is to find the problems and flaws with the design and test out constructability as well as fit and finish. I discovered quite a few things and changed the design slightly for the next (and final) go.

 

Nevertheless, I'll give myself about a 90 or so, which puts it into the A-/B+ range. Not bad.


Even if it was completed at this point, there would still need to be a lot of cleaning, sanding, sealing the joints (and adding a little squadron putty here and there), sanding some more, cleaning some more, and then painting. Since I don't intend this to be a permanent structure, I won't spend any more time on it right now.


Anyhow . . . here it is, such as it is.

 

Robert

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Posted by Pruitt on Sunday, September 15, 2019 6:25 PM

Looks good, Robert!

I picked up the Walthers HO station that's based on the Q station in Omaha a few years ago planning on using it for the Casper station on my layout. They bear more than just a family resemblance, though the Casper depot is brick, whereas the Walthers (Omaha) one is block construction.

I think yours will have much more fidelity to the prototype than mine.

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Monday, September 16, 2019 2:43 PM

Pruitt

I picked up the Walthers HO station that's based on the Q station in Omaha a few years ago planning on using it for the Casper station on my layout. They bear more than just a family resemblance, though the Casper depot is brick, whereas the Walthers (Omaha) one is block construction.

Hey Mark-

I have the Union Station in N-scale. Walthers did a pretty good job on that kit. My plan is to use it as the County Courthouse, and I had to kit-bash it a little by removing that clock on top of the front parapet. Every time I looked at it I couldn't shake the image of Doc Brown's Timex on his (not to scale or painted) model of the Hill Valley Courthouse square and clock tower. Not much of a bash as kit-bashing goes . . . but still a bash.

Any news about your layout or relocation?

Robert 

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Posted by garya on Monday, September 16, 2019 4:19 PM

Nice work. 

 

I'd be happy with the matboard mockup, with some cellophane windows.  

Gary

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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:48 AM

ROBERT PETRICK
Hey Mark-

...

Any news about your layout or relocation?

Robert

Little bit. We have a deal to sell the NJ house. Contract is being written - will sign later this week, probably. Inspections for two weeks, and buyers want to close in late October.

We're planning to go to Casper in a couple weeks to look at houses again. Found a builder on line that has a floorplan we really like, and it comes with a 1400 square foot unfinished basement! Geeked We'll probably find temporary housing for six to nine months until we get a place built.

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:11 AM

Pruitt
Little bit. We have a deal to sell the NJ house. Contract is being written - will sign later this week, probably. Inspections for two weeks, and buyers want to close in late October. We're planning to go to Casper in a couple weeks to look at houses again. Found a builder on line that has a floorplan we really like, and it comes with a 1400 square foot unfinished basement!  We'll probably find temporary housing for six to nine months until we get a place built.

Better luck this time Mark!

Dave

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