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||Posted - 02/07/2008 : 11:38:18 AM
Here is the chronicle of Cat's Head Pier construction. The pier will be located in the Houston Harbor of the Texas Western MRC and renamed Gulf Sand and Gravel. Barges will service the pier.
The attached photos are
1. Photo of what is in the box (contents are not really a 2X4 and razor blades as I may previously implied)
2. Construction of the pier bents using magnetic jib
3. Spacers between bents
4. Bent constuction
5. Alignment during bracing
5. Finished bents ready for slope sheet and bins
Further progress will be reported when progress has been made!
|15 L A T E S T R E P L I E S (Newest First)
||Posted - 08/31/2014 : 9:12:51 PM
Thanks for the kind words.
Here is a stab at the "what to what", question: I mostly built the scene from the plywood up. I built all the bridge piers and wharfs. Lorrie and Leo Palitti built the Galveston wharf area with shops and restaurants plus French's Fishery. Leo also made the masters for the pier sides. I cast them in resin and painted them. I made the barges, too. Cats head pier and the grain elevators were mostly my work, although Joe Williams kitbashed the tall grain elevators from kits.
We did save the structure and have a place for it on our new layout. I built it to be removed as a module, so it wasn't difficult to disassemble it. I had to cut a few wires to the gantry shack, so they'll need to be reconnected.
Sheepscot's Red Herring is a possible for the new pier area. I love the challenge of the Sheepscot kits.
||Posted - 08/31/2014 : 7:39:35 PM
Nice to see this thread pop up again.
That's a beautiful model.
I hope you saved the models when you tore down the layout.
||Posted - 08/31/2014 : 7:30:25 PM
I like it, you did what to what?
||Posted - 08/31/2014 : 5:24:00 PM
Very nice work Mike!
||Posted - 08/31/2014 : 3:12:19 PM
I was browsing old structure builds on the forum and ran across this 2009 series on Gulf Sand and Gravel (Cats Head Pier). I realized that I had not posted a final shot of the structure in situ, so here it is: Gulf Sand and Gravel before demolition of the layout.
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 6:28:42 PM
I just told Tim last week I much I loved these complicate wooden structures, with great heights and intricate connections. I think this facility perfectly fits these criteria. The office and signs are very nice too. Great work, Mike.
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 10:57:21 AM
Rick, Bruce, Tim, Elliott, Tyson, and Ken thanks for the encouragement. The pier scene continues to evolve and it's a blast to build.
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 10:05:52 AM
Two of my favorite things are big, wooden structures and delicate rigging.
You worked them both into one really unique structure.
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 09:24:24 AM
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 08:50:13 AM
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 08:22:53 AM
Super job on the whole structure. The lighting you installed gives it a great touch.
The sign really brings thing to life.
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 07:38:56 AM
Those are great looking signs, Mike. I agree with Rick - you've make a very realistic looking model.[:-thumbu]
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 06:14:00 AM
Mike, that looks fantastic. You've achieved a very realistic look on this model. A nice light touch on the weathering to give it a used looked but not run down.
||Posted - 11/01/2009 : 01:28:12 AM
Gulf Sand and Gravel now sports an office and new signs. Thanks to Blairline for making these for me. Next up is scenery and parking lot for the office and a parking lot for the employees.
New sign up close
My favorite side of GS&G
Peak at the office in approximate location next to pier.
||Posted - 06/01/2009 : 7:40:43 PM
Thank you for the precision, Dave. I had made the wrong guess about the mechanism of this bridge. In any case, those are two impressive pieces of heavy machinery.