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ho scale Grain Bin Rings
Posted by CNW_4009 on Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:37 AM

What matierial would you make these out of?

Thanks.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:48 AM

Are you referring to the sections, or rings, of corrugated steel that make up a grain bin?  Or reinforcing rings (like a long rod) that go around a silo or bin?

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Posted by cowman on Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:51 AM

What scale are you in?  If you are in HO and thinking of the metal bins, try styrene corrigated roofing.  I used N scale for my shed roofs, as I thought HO scale looked too big, but maybe for a bin HO would be OK.  Too wrap it around you may need to sand it thinner or warm it.

Good luck,

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Posted by BATMAN on Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:52 AM

Old Guitar strings work for that, they come in all different thicknesses, once painted they look great.

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Posted by dknelson on Saturday, November 30, 2019 12:01 PM

Rix Products makes corrugated metal (in styrene) grain bins in HO and N, and also extensions to make their kits taller, or for other uses.  Reasonably priced too.

https://www.walthers.com/search/manufacturer-name/rix-products/show/20?match=AND&q=grain

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Posted by wvg_ca on Saturday, November 30, 2019 12:06 PM

grain bins [metal] are usually one of two styles, either a wide or a narrow corrugation .. -some- are smooth [welded together], both flat bottom and hopper styles ..

older wooden sheet made flat bottoms do have reinforcing rings made of flat material, usually 1 to 1 1/2 banding material with weld tabs brazed on to them ..

I do have all of the above styles at home [on the farm, not the layout]

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Posted by CNW_4009 on Saturday, November 30, 2019 12:53 PM
Thank you for the help.
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Posted by MARTIN STATION on Saturday, November 30, 2019 4:10 PM

  What Dave Nelson said. What I like about the Rix kit is how they come in sections like a real grain bin and the extension kit can be used as though a farmer was in the process of having a bin constructed. Makes a nice out of the ordinary scene. 
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Posted by CNW_4009 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 6:28 PM
I model in ho scale, and I am talking about the reinforcing rings.
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Posted by mbinsewi on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:19 PM

CNW_4009
I am talking about the reinforcing rings.

OK, well, big steel grain bins have rings, as a Google image search will show, and concrete stave silos have rings. There appears to be  a difference in what each type looks like.

Batman talks about using guitar strings.  I'm sure if anyone makes the turn buckle that connects the ends.

I would think that any wire, of the appropiate size, would work.

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Posted by dknelson on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:35 AM

mbinsewi
Batman talks about using guitar strings. I'm sure if anyone makes the turn buckle that connects the ends.

Tichy makes turnbuckles in O, S and HO -- likely intended for truss rods on older era rolling stock but likely usable for this purpose too.  (One advantage of going to a big train show like Trainfest - if Tichy is there they bring nearly their entire product line and you see stuff you had no idea they offer.  That is how I learned this fall about their turnbuckles.)  

The January issue of MR which just arrived has an article about scratchbuilding a water tank of wood, with some ideas about the tension hoops or whatever they are called.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:25 AM

dknelson
...The January issue of MR which just arrived has an article about scratchbuilding a water tank of wood, with some ideas about the tension hoops or whatever they are called.

Grandt Line offers "water tank hoop fasteners", part number 5038.

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:29 AM

If it is a more modern bin turnbuckles will likely have a cover on them. This can be accomplished by running the guitar string into a very small piece of tubing as the real ones are simply a piece of PVC you slide or clip on over the TB. 

Glue the guitar string in the tube to the appropriate diametre, paint and weather and glue to the bin. 

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Posted by kasskaboose on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:45 PM

dknelson

Rix Products makes corrugated metal (in styrene) grain bins in HO and N, and also extensions to make their kits taller, or for other uses.  Reasonably priced too.

https://www.walthers.com/search/manufacturer-name/rix-products/show/20?match=AND&q=grain

Dave Nelson

  

These bins are very realistic and easy to assemble.  I'd also suggest them.  You can mix the heights to create some interesting variety.

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