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The M - K & Eastern RR

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Posted by Graffen on Monday, June 25, 2018 5:04 PM

I built a switch to fit my layout, a three-way stub switch in HOn3.

It is a #6 with 26" radius.

I will probably use a Tam Valley servo controller for it.

It's really fun to build these.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, June 25, 2018 9:40 PM

Nice turnout Graffen!

Dave

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Posted by Graffen on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 7:27 AM

Made a bit more on my three-way stub turnout in HOn3. One drawbar is made, now it's two more to hold the track gauge to make as well. It's a little tricky to make them because the rails must be able to move individually. I soldered micro track spikes to hold the rails in place.

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Posted by Graffen on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 3:36 PM
I built a curved turnout today.
HOn3 with Code 70 rails. 28" and 22" radiuses.
What's left to do is to make the cuts for the live frog and to clean the flangeways from solder.I build my turnouts to the narrow specs that Railway engineering promotes. I use their roller gauges and to check with the NMRA gauge, you use the flange end instead of the track end.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted by Graffen on Monday, July 02, 2018 2:18 AM

Built a # 6 left-hand turnout in HOn3 with 26" radius.

 

 

They are starting to go together easy now. This one took not more than an hour to make.

I use a drawn template to get the radius right. Otherwise it's just a matter of using the NMRA gauge and Railway Engineering roller gauges.

The frog area has a narrower gauge to make the rolling stock roll better through the frog.

I use the flangeway gauge to get it right.

 

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Posted by rrinker on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 5:23 PM

 More power to everyone who can do that. The first one I tried actually came out pretty nice. Took a while, but totally bump free. Great, I thought, that's the very first, it should only get easier the more I try to build. Well, after 5 failed ones, I finally had another decent set of points. Never did get another good set of points, even with the Fast Tracks tools. So I just put it all away and quietly went back to buying Atlas. Still don't know what I kept doing wrong, it looks so darn easy in the videos. 

                                          --Randy

 


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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 06, 2018 11:16 AM

That is really great work.

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I am wishing my own layout room was not still a year away.

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Please keep the updates coming.

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-Kevin

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Happily modeling the STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD located in a world of plausible nonsense set in August, 1954.

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Posted by Graffen on Sunday, July 08, 2018 1:57 PM

Latest project to be started.

Bret's Brewery from Campbell.

This will be a nice addition to the layout.

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, July 08, 2018 2:08 PM

Need lots of details on this one as I got this kit to build also.

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Posted by Graffen on Monday, July 09, 2018 7:09 PM

There has been some progress on the brewery.

 Content of the kit.

 

 Some of the tools I use.

 

 I started by measuring the parts and identifying them with the numbers from the manual.

 

 I add woodgrain with a wire brush.

 

 I cut out the windows with a xacto chisel blade, then I stained the areas which were to be glued together.

 

 I add nail holes with a Trumpeter rivet wheel.

 

 As you see, the wall lines up on the right side and the left is offset.

 

 After staining the walls with india ink and alcohol, I paint the peeled off paint.

I use turps on a brush and while the surface is wet, I apply the acrylic paint which then pearls up in places to look like peeled off paint when dry.

 

 I used a light grey green paint.

 

 Painted walls.

 

 The trim was painted green.

 

 I glued the walls together.

 

 

 

 

 The floor is glued in place. I added a hole for the stairwell.

 

 Support beams under the floor.

 

This is as far as I have gotten now.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, July 09, 2018 11:42 PM

Hi Graff:

That is coming along very nicely! Thanks for explaining your painting techniques.

Dave

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Posted by Graffen on Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:02 AM

Some more construction pics of the brewery.

 

The door frames cut out from cardboard:

 

The painted doors:

 

 

Primed windows:

 

Painted windows with green acrylics:

 

Real glass cut to size with a diamond scribe:

 

The buildings foundation:

 

Loading docks:

 

 

The water tank:

 

The boiler house with the PVC stone sheet that is glued with contact cement:

 

I used Tamiya putty on the corners:

 

Painted:

 

Roof with cardboard frames to make it removable:

 

Corrugated sheet cut to size:

 

Mortar made with pulverized clay mixed with PVA and water and then wiped away from the top of the stones:

 

Getting there:

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Posted by rrebell on Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:04 PM

Nice stonework, love the rusted roof, how was that done?

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:58 PM

More nice work Graff!

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Posted by swisstrain on Monday, July 23, 2018 8:41 AM

Beautiful work on that brewery, I lover the clearly visible aging, but it is clear that the building is functional.  I have a couple of questions.

How did you do the stonework - I am assuming that the brickwork came as a clear plastic, that you the colored?  How was that done?

What is the technique used for the doors?  I have see a technique that involved "blotching" with a sponge before, is that what you did here?

Keep it going, can't wait to see the finished building.

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