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Pidgeon Creek structures from scratch

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, August 03, 2017 4:38 PM

I will run electrical wires through one conduit and forced air through the other - two independent systems. Between the two, they will run motors, fans, lighting, etc. DJ

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, August 03, 2017 5:53 PM

One wall complete and one tank is now soaking in extra strength oven cleaner over night.

All of the exterior walls in my entire layout will be made with this '8-layer' technique. From outside to inside: polyurethane, sandstone, driftwood, paper, gypsum, primer, paint, and quick-dry wood glue.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, August 04, 2017 4:53 AM

Salvaging parts of the Canadian Pacific tanker I want to keep and the rest goes into the trash. Top part of this tanker has been air-brushed with white primer.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, August 04, 2017 5:01 AM

Second wall ready for sandstone treatment. I like to add pieces with knots - adds character.

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Posted by chutton01 on Friday, August 04, 2017 11:09 AM

OldSchoolScratchbuilder
I like to add pieces with knots - adds character.


Hmm, that's a rather large knot in proportion to the remainder of the plank it's in, large enough that it would cause some structural issues if translated to the real world. Gives you an excuse to put a wood 'patch' over it, though.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, August 04, 2017 11:53 AM

chutton01

 

 
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I like to add pieces with knots - adds character.

 


Hmm, that's a rather large knot in proportion to the remainder of the plank it's in, large enough that it would cause some structural issues if translated to the real world. Gives you an excuse to put a wood 'patch' over it, though.

 

 

Lots of things won't be to scale or prototype on my layout. Stained glass too thick, sequoia sized knots, Kadee couplers that don't exist in real life, plastic trains and rolling stock, electric rails, etc. I'm not following rules, not entering contests, just having fun the way I want to have fun. DJ

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, August 04, 2017 12:14 PM

Third wall under construction.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, August 04, 2017 12:16 PM

Primer applied to tank.

 

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Posted by richhotrain on Friday, August 04, 2017 12:58 PM

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chutton01
 
OldSchoolScratchbuilder
I like to add pieces with knots - adds character.

Hmm, that's a rather large knot in proportion to the remainder of the plank it's in, large enough that it would cause some structural issues if translated to the real world. Gives you an excuse to put a wood 'patch' over it, though. 

Lots of things won't be to scale or prototype on my layout. Stained glass too thick, sequoia sized knots, Kadee couplers that don't exist in real life, plastic trains and rolling stock, electric rails, etc. I'm not following rules, not entering contests, just having fun the way I want to have fun. DJ 

As a fellow modeler, I would encourage you to observe certain protocols when it comes to building structures, particularly when it comes to scale. If items like piping and conduit and even knots in wood are grossly out of scale, they just won't look right and can spoil the overall effect of what you are trying to present.

Rich

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, August 04, 2017 3:05 PM

Rich: My railroad, my way, my fun.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, August 04, 2017 5:51 PM

Second wall's interior painted and drying. Third wall under construction. Picked up another tanker at the hobby shop today. The first CP tanker has it's first coat of white paint. Valves, conduits, tanks, piping, and much more are parts of a geothermal plant that supplies electricity to the barite processing plant through the utility shed. The geothermal plant is located beside the shed.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, August 05, 2017 5:21 AM

Third wall's exterior complete. A door will be installed with hinges and manual magnetic door handle later. Fourth wall will be constructed soon.

 

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Posted by mobilman44 on Saturday, August 05, 2017 5:30 AM

The conduits - through which you will be putting wires and compressed air - apparently are solid.  What will you use to hollow them out?

I've done a project in the past wherein I used a Dremel tool with a small size (1/16 inch or less) bit and worked it back and forth.   The trick is to not bust through the sides/end of the pipe where there is an elbow.  That takes skill and patience and care to not drill ones fingers.

Using compressed air to power animation is something I've never seen.  I can only imagine the challenges in getting that into play - and I look forward to your display.

 

ENJOY  !

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, August 05, 2017 5:51 AM

Mobil: they are not solid. They are t-joints for aquarium air lines. I have all the gear: specially-designed quiet pump, many types of joints, standard air hoses, and control valves. Many of these items are only available in Asia through Amazon.

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Posted by mobilman44 on Saturday, August 05, 2017 5:59 AM

They sure looked solid, but I went back to previous posts and enlarged the pic where they are mounted on a piece of green foam.  The openings were apparent.  I've had aquariums for decades, and a typical air pump and tubing will surely do the job.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, August 05, 2017 4:46 PM

Fourth wall treated with sandstone filler. Roof cuts and sanding next. Corner trims will be made soon.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, August 05, 2017 6:12 PM

Fourth wall's inside surface will be completed this evening. Black CP tanker now a white and black industrial tank with red lion rampant.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, August 06, 2017 5:03 AM

Fourth wall complete, working on the door.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, August 06, 2017 12:37 PM

Stained glass window installed. Although the glass is transparent, it distorts the view like the letters PSI on the tanker behind the wall.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, August 06, 2017 12:41 PM

Glass was scored and cut with special tools.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, August 06, 2017 12:43 PM

The scoring tool and large glass piece that I cut the window from.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, August 06, 2017 1:10 PM

In case you are wondering, the window is offset from centre to allow for equipment installation (inside and outside) at a later date.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Monday, August 07, 2017 5:41 AM

Embedded a metal staple completely inside the driftwood door. Used a piece of brass rail as a door footing. Working on miniature hinges today. May use modified hinges from eyeglasses.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Monday, August 07, 2017 1:07 PM

Found a few pair of wire eyeglasses at the community recycle store this morning. Hacked off the hinges and will see what I can do with the door.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 4:30 PM

Worked on the door hinges today and now have a way ahead for using eyeglass hinges. Also, from Cape Blomidon sandstone I have investigated flooring and foundation applications.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 5:48 PM

Brand new family graphics business recently opened up about 5 minutes from my home. I dropped in today to talk HO scale decals. They printed my Walton Rock & Mineral Railroad text decal (WR&MR) right then and there. They are going to do all my decal needs including the red lion, custom WR&MR mining logo, even all the road numbers that I want. I left them sample commercial decals and three rail cars to look at For ideas.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 5:38 PM

Working on the shed's roof and auxiliary equipment, both inside and outside.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:09 AM

Graph paper also useful for laying out the driftwood roof. Once the glue dries there will be sanding and finishing to do.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, August 11, 2017 2:35 PM

Decided to go with a Cape Blomidon red sandstone roof.

 

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, August 12, 2017 5:31 AM

Starting to add detail and technology to the utility shed today.

 

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