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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8443 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2019 :  11:09:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevin & Bill, thanks for your posts!

Kevin, I'm mooving as fast as I can on this!

Bill, that's a great looking silo!
I thought about using a thin copper wire as you have suggested.
Then I thought why bother, I might as well build this one as shown in then kit.
So that it might be helpful to others building this kit.
Perhaps once I get around to building an older looking silo I will use your technique that you have used with great results.
That's a cool sketch, did you draw that?

Greg
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Bill Gill
Fireman

USA
2749 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2019 :  11:58:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg, Thanks. Yeah, the coal silo was just to show how wire might work on your next silo if you wanted to use something else.
Yes, that's a sketch I did years back. The structure was in Western Massachusetts. Not sure what RR it was near. Wish I'd gotten photos too.

Edited by - Bill Gill on 10/20/2019 08:13:05 AM
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Bernd
Fireman

USA
3382 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2019 :  08:02:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Gill
Bernd recently posted images he took of a grain dealer in Leroy, NY . Those silos also have wobbly bands. (I can't find his post)



I couldn't find it either, but I where it's located on my ISP. Here it is again. Hope it helps.



Bernd
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Bill Gill
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USA
2749 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2019 :  08:13:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Bernd, that's the one.
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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8443 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2019 :  12:39:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone, well I have finally completed the concrete stave silo that I've been working on.
I finished off the EZ line silo banding.





I found a easier way of applying that same EZ line banding to the unloading chute.
Instead of many individual bands being glued on, I did it with one continuous band, by stepping it down on the backside of the chute.
While keeping the EZ line in straight lines across the front of the chute.









This method saved a lot of time, as opposed to applying each band on separately.

I was now ready to glue the silo dome roof onto the silo.
Making certain that the door opening on it lined up with start stop points of the EZ line banding.
I then located the 2 sections of ladder and painted those with earth coloured paint and weathered them with A&I.
One of these ladders needed to be cut down in length so that the ladder looks like one continuous ladder from the base of the silo all the way to the top door opening.
This ladder then gets glued over the start & stop points of the EZ line.
Also in our kits, you will find a 3/32" by 6" long styrene tube.
This will be the silo's blower pipe.
You will need to carefully heat one end of it up to create a bend in it as shown in fig.32.
This blower pipe is then held in place to the silo by 3 pieces of .012 brass wire bent around the styrene tube to form a perfect circle around the tube with twisted/coiled pigtails that will be inserted into drilled out holes on the silo.
Keeping this blower pipe about 1/8" of an inch off of the silo.
I then painted this blower pipe with silver paint.
One last thing that you must do to complete the silo is adding some silo doors below where the unloading chute ends.
These are made by cutting some cardstock into 3/16" by 1/8" high squares.
I decided to cut my silo doors into 3/16" x 3/16" squares instead.
These silo doors get painted the same colour as the rest of the silo staves.
This is how it came out looking.








This is how my completed silo came out looking.





This is the last big piece in building this kit.
I really hope to finish this entire "Fesmire Farm" scene off by the end of this year.
So I will share some of the scenery aspects required to complete this scene, but not all of them in order to save myself some time.

Thanks for looking!
Greg
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Guff
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USA
1788 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2019 :  12:44:59 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Nice idea on the banding! Appears to be a big time saver!

David Guffey
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TRAINS1941
Engineer

USA
11843 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2019 :  1:11:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You have 32 days left until the end of the year!!

Jerry

"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln
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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8443 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2019 :  1:23:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TRAINS1941

You have 32 days left until the end of the year!!




Thanks! Dave & Jerry.

Dave, that EZ line banding on the silo was indeed a chore for me to do, so that method that I used on the unloading chute came in real handy!

Jerry, I know it's going to be a challenge, but I'm going to give it a try anyway!

One more thing that I forgot to share with you.
The resin unloading chute cap, had a bit of a gap between it and the dome roof.
The instructions suggested filling in such a gap with white glue, and then painted silver again when it had dried.

Greg


Edited by - Ensign on 11/29/2019 1:24:42 PM
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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8443 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2019 :  3:44:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone, I managed to find an older style silo that better fits my late 30's time frame.
It was produced by "Alder Models" here in Canada.
Jack Alder produced this kit more than a decade ago, so they are not easy to find.
Here's what this resin silo kit looks like.









As you can see this is a wood stave silo.
I wanted a concrete silo instead, so I sanded my silo smooth erasing the wood stave detailing cast into the walls of the silo.
I also replaced the cast resin chute with a wooden one that I built instead.
I then painted my silo white, like the one's I've seen around my area.
And this is how it came out looking!




I also had broken off some magnet wires going into the barn, so a couple of my lights weren't working as a result of that.
So I had to carefully remove the new looking metal roof on the addition of the barn in order to fix these wires.
I was able to get those lights working again.
However as a result of this, I ended up having to make a complete new roof using a different roofing material from the previous one used.








Thanks for looking!
Greg
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TRAINS1941
Engineer

USA
11843 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2019 :  4:22:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I really like it. At first I thought it was sitting on a field of snow.

I'll tell you the white really shows the building off. Excellent job on this so far Greg.

Jerry

"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5580 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2019 :  7:55:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Greg,

As nice a job as you did on the kit silo, I just didnít like it with your barn. The new one is excellent. It looks appropriate and of course you built it with your usual care.

Use the original one to store a missile or something.

Mike
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kebmo
Fireman

USA
1732 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2019 :  8:14:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
you did such a great job on the silo that came with the kit, at first i thought it was a shame, but when i saw the second one i knew. you were absolutely right. great looking job on this monster so far. i can't wait to see the landforms.
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sgtbob
Fireman

USA
3891 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2019 :  06:16:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great to see you back to work on the farm. Looks fantastic!!!

Bob

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http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51837
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Pennman
Fireman

USA
4229 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2019 :  07:32:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work Greg. I also think the newer silo is a better rendition. As far as scenery goes, I am sure you can handle anything that comes your way in any time frame, especially after scenicing that Fort York display. Glad you're mooving along swiftly.

Rich
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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5490 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2019 :  10:34:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Nice work Greg. No longer solo silos.

Frank
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