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jbvb
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USA
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Posted - 05/26/2019 :  2:52:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Frank and Pete.

More progress on Franklin St. in Bexley: my stepson practicing styrene & solvent technique on window glazing for a DPM building I hadn't gotten to in 10+ years:



Then we got out some Hi Tech Details parking meters. This time he did break the point off a #65 drill, because he got distracted:



The Downtown Deco "Addams Ave. Part I" looks more than a little 'high water' at this angle'; I'm thinking sandpaper before I add steps to the styrene sidewalk.

Edited by - jbvb on 05/26/2019 2:55:59 PM
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Orionvp17
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USA
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Posted - 05/26/2019 :  3:41:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like where this is headed, James!

As to the #65 drill bit... any kid who can drill fourteen #80 holes in a flatcar without breaking the drill bit can be excused for breaking a #65! Keep going!

Pete
in Michigan
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deemery
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USA
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Posted - 05/26/2019 :  4:25:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What Pete said!

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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robert goslin
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Australia
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Posted - 05/26/2019 :  6:10:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James, Your street scene is coming up great. Looks suitably gritty.
Nice job on the structures.

Regards Rob

Despite the cost of living, it's still popular.
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Michael Hohn
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USA
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Posted - 05/26/2019 :  11:57:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Indeed, nice group of buildings.
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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 05/27/2019 :  11:01:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Judging by that dark sky those kids better put the top up on the convertible.
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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 05/28/2019 :  07:50:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice urban scene!
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jbvb
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USA
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Posted - 06/26/2019 :  10:41:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Belated thanks, Pete, Dave, Robert, Frank and both Mikes. June has been very busy with trackwork, haying and various New England sights and activities with my new family. But there has been some progress:



I'd had this N Scale Architect kit for a decade when my wife asked me for something to build. She was familiar with the basics from building architectural models in university, but I had to help her with airbrushing and materials new to her.

The instructions are decent, but say next to nothing about how the prototype (still standing but idle for decades) operated. I'm expecting unloading hoppers in front of each of the elevators and a loading area for trucks opposite, with an office somewhere nearby. So far, asking the B&M community hasn't produced any 'in service' photos, but if I attend September's NER convention in Syracuse, I can stop by and do some detective work. In particular, there should be some remnant of the unloading gates for the silos.

You can see my mock-up of the Bexley Produce Terminal in the background, and I've also gotten back to work on Gorin Machine (begun 2015). But neither will be photogenic for a while.
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deemery
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Posted - 06/27/2019 :  08:40:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If he gets good at doing window glazing, I'm sure I'm not the only person who could put him to work :-) :-)

George Sellios agreed with me, glazing is the worst part of doing structures.

dave

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

Edited by - deemery on 06/27/2019 11:33:00 AM
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BurleyJim
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USA
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Posted - 06/27/2019 :  10:46:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James,

Distracted? Wait until he discovers girls! It ended my Live Steam backyard layout.

Cool '49 Ford Convertible! '53 Eldorado?

Jim
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Orionvp17
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USA
6594 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2019 :  12:05:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James,

There's an old coaling facility (may be an ex-dealer; I haven't investigated) near Gilbo Ave and School St. in Keene that might be worth investigating. This is near the old roundhouse.

Pete
in Michigan
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jbvb
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USA
5860 Posts

Posted - 07/23/2019 :  5:15:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Dave, Jim & Pete. A friend sent me a link to a new (to me) resource: The Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System. Their Williamstown Coal write-up (with pix) is here:

http://mhc-macris.net/Details.aspx?MhcId=WLL.907

That and a picture from BM-RR@groups.io show me I need to build 4 brass coal gate/chute assemblies. The kit's wood chutes are from the 3-silo prototype next door (modeled on Dick Elwell's layout). Brass is on hand.

But I also decided Slovacek Anthracite wasn't going to go under defending the Blue Coal flag; Oil tanks are needed. I looked through several donations of junky train-set cars but didn't find two suitable tank car bodies. So I checked the kit stash:



Alexander's old 'Parkersburg' kit is about 110,000 gallons, quite enough to match Rudy's 450 tons stored/40 tons/hour coal plant. I plan to repurpose its tank car loading rack as a truck loading rack, but otherwise this will be a stock build.



I used #53 and #55 drills for the fill double elbow instead of the instructions' #50. They say 'glue' and probably mean Ambroid. I did use that to seal the edges of the cardboard tube tank former, but I used Weldwood for the wrapper and roof former.

The front (door) wall of the pump shed is barely 6' 9" tall, so fitting a 6' 3" door broke the sheetwood. I laminated it back together on paper. The window casting is smooth, though.

Edited by - jbvb on 07/23/2019 5:36:14 PM
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Orionvp17
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USA
6594 Posts

Posted - 07/23/2019 :  5:32:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like where this is going, James! And I remember F. Diehl & Son in Wellesley bringing oil to the house when I was a kid.

They were also Dad's preferred lumber yard, and it was a treat to go to the lumber yard and watch the big trucks and tools at work.

Pete
in Michigan

Edited by - Orionvp17 on 07/23/2019 5:35:46 PM
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