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friscomike 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!

Best Regards,
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friscomike 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.

Happy rails,
Rick 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.
Frank Palmer Posted - 08/31/2014 : 7:30:25 PM
I like it, you did what to what?
Carl B Posted - 08/31/2014 : 5:24:00 PM
Very nice work Mike!

friscomike 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.

Have fun,
Frederic Testard 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.
friscomike Posted - 11/01/2009 : 10:57:21 AM
Howdy folks,

Rick, Bruce, Tim, Elliott, Tyson, and Ken thanks for the encouragement. The pier scene continues to evolve and it's a blast to build.

Happy trails,
Ken Hamilton 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.
Nice job!!
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/01/2009 : 09:24:24 AM
ETinBH Posted - 11/01/2009 : 08:50:13 AM
Tim Kerkhoff 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.
Dutchman 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]
Rick 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.
friscomike Posted - 11/01/2009 : 01:28:12 AM
Howdy folks,

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.

Happy trails,
Frederic Testard 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.

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