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jbvb
Fireman

USA
5977 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2012 :  07:29:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Last night I took a break from structures and got going on the diamond crossing in West Lynn. This is where the Gear Works track crosses the future wye.

The diamonds I'd built previously were in Code 100, where the rail bases touch and leave a reasonable HO flangeway. Not in Code 70; I needed brass shim under it all for the guardrails. I hadn't found a picture of one of the low-cost industrial track diamonds I remember from 40 years ago, but on reflection this would have been built in 1942 so heavier construction is warranted.



I am trying leaving the wye rails continuous and cutting the flangeways later. Down the line, I hope I can detail this for NMRA Civil AP judging, but it's more important to me that it operate well.
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Pacbelt
Fireman

USA
1073 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2012 :  11:49:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit Pacbelt's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice track work!!! :)

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jbvb
Fireman

USA
5977 Posts

Posted - 02/29/2012 :  11:09:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Carmine. I'm pretty sure I can make it operate well; I'm less sure I can make it realistic enough to qualify for the NMRA's Civil Engineering AP. But I'll burn that bridge when I come to it...



While I was waiting for glue to dry on my Challenge project, I got started on the other rail.
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
5977 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2012 :  11:15:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Today's model work was all on my Challenge project. This is the shed addition I scratchbuilt for my B.E.S.T "Clam Box".



Anyone running a fryer in late August will want the windows open, but even in a rural area the Health Officer will require screens. I used some package wrapping ribbon I kept from a few Xmases ago for the screen. white-glued to the window frames. At twice life-size, it's clear a bumblebee could fly through the mesh, but at normal viewing distances I like it.
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LandNnut
Fireman

USA
1608 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2012 :  11:30:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit LandNnut's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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L&N nut
Jon

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bror hultgren
New Hire

USA
41 Posts

Posted - 03/12/2012 :  1:03:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Living in Ipswich one knows that it is more important to keep the GREENHEADS out!

Bror Hultgren


Edited by - bror hultgren on 03/12/2012 1:04:24 PM
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Twist67
Engine Wiper

Germany
274 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2012 :  5:39:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Twist67's Homepage  Send Twist67 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
HI,
nice progress on your layout.Things coming together more and more...I hope to get back to my own layout,soon...
Where do you went to your vacation in Germany?

Regards,Chris
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Mike Hamer
Engineer

11492 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2012 :  8:57:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The screen work sure passes the two foot test for me, James. Very creative. I also am impressed with the nice diamond. Lovely trackwork along the B&M!

Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
5977 Posts

Posted - 03/21/2012 :  11:06:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Mike. I've admired your work here and in magazines; it's been two decades since the winds of business blew me to Ottawa (Via was still using steam heat, I got some nice night slides, but have no good way to scan them) but maybe I'll see it in person some day.

Chris, I visited family near Kulmbach and afterward escorted my daughter to Gottingen for a senior term abroad.

Bror, I've got friends in Ipswich, including a couple of modelers. I live about 20 miles away. But in my model world it's late August or early September and greenhead season is past, so screens are only needed against saltmarsh mosquitoes at night and on cloudy days.
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
5977 Posts

Posted - 03/24/2012 :  4:32:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I took some pictures of the mostly-finished Clam Box, featuring Rt. 1A's new pole line and the detail painting on the railroad's telegraph poles.







Once I escape the computer vortex, I'll start on the structures for the area between Rt. 1A and the Little River.
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MisterBill
Section Hand

79 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2012 :  5:27:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Clam Box, that's good. The places that're out there.

Edited by - MisterBill on 03/28/2012 5:30:12 PM
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
5977 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2012 :  06:45:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This is only indirectly progress on the layout. But boy, does it make me feel organized:





The binding was done by a librarian friend who specializes in that. It cost me a lot more than buying MR's DVD, but I don't have to start a Windows box to use them. The bookcases are just as homebrew as they look...

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deemery
Fireman

USA
7835 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2012 :  09:04:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A trick to prevent the sag in bookcases like this is to cut down the shelves by about 3/4" and glue a 1 1/2" strip of wood to the front. This serves as a stiffener and also adds a bit of decoration to the shelves. Normally I cut dadoes to make bookcases (for some reason I really like doing that on a table saw.) But don't ask why the one bookcase I made has shelves that slant in them. (Lined up the top of the dado on one side with the bottom of the dado on the other side. DUH!!!!)

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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LVRALPH
Fireman

5584 Posts

Posted - 03/31/2012 :  06:50:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice!!!!!!!!!!
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bror hultgren
New Hire

USA
41 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2012 :  3:47:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James,
Unless your B&M is operating in mid winter, you will need to a crowd a (la Mike Hamer) lined up for those tasty morsels:




Bror
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