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JBL Posted - 08/04/2007 : 07:30:55 AM
Hi all,

you might have noticed it already, we have been preparing to start this project since a while.
When I got the plans I was a bit surprised. They revealed much more details than supposed and the unloader appears to be much smaller than I thought it would be. More details + smaller structure = more difficult. So, I decided to build it not strictly prototypical since I plan to get it finished within this decade. Please forgive me, but it only will be ( hopefully) looking like being prototypical. In addition the few photographs I have, unfortunately dont show the same hulett as the drawings.

But I am not only building the Hulett myself, I will prepare cutting templates and some sort of step-by-step-instruction, so Ralph may build his own copy of the model.

Be warned, this will be a longtime project. I have to do other projects at the same time (Ralph obviously also has other things to do) and I dont have much time for modeling on my hands.

And, Teejay (Terry), if you are still interested in joining this adventure you might answer my mails, I sent you through the forum. Or you just tell me a valid email adress.

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Frank Palmer Posted - 01/14/2016 : 10:18:01 AM
I missed this thread during construction not being a member at that time, but WOW. You guys are phenomenal, just expert craftsmanship.
lemkerailroad1 Posted - 01/13/2016 : 10:02:15 PM
i know this is a little old of a post and all but this is going to be a real pleasure to join this club of scratch building on these steel structures, i am going to model 4 of these in N SCALE, to teejay, jens, and a few others that i have been emailing, thanks for the advice and looking forward to joining this elite club of modelers real soon
BessemerBob Posted - 03/22/2015 : 10:12:03 PM
Amazing build!

Great to see what can be done with skill and styrene
Ray Dunakin Posted - 02/26/2015 : 6:42:25 PM
Bernd Posted - 02/26/2015 : 12:04:15 PM
Ok, photo etched. That's why some of those details are nice and crisp. I've got Rabbit's plans. One of these days I'd like to make that a long term project and animate it.

Very nice work in N scale by the way. Looking forward to seeing the Z scale one.

pnolan48 Posted - 02/26/2015 : 10:13:23 AM
The next one will be in Z scale. I cut the N scale model from .020 styrene; Z scale is 72.73% of N scale, so I can cut it out of .015 styrene without retolerancing all the drawings. I started in N scale back in 1972, so HO is utterly huge to me. I can not believe the size of the Walthers kit! Now that I've built a number of ships in Z scale, N scale is looking too large for me. And there are a host of details that may or may not be included in this effort. I may just leave those for the superdetailing folk.

I did this structure with just a profile and an incomplete plan view, along with a lot of pictures. It will be refined with each build.
George D Posted - 02/26/2015 : 09:51:28 AM
Very impressive work and being N scale is mind boggling!

pnolan48 Posted - 02/26/2015 : 09:41:06 AM
Sorry, PE brass stands for photo-etched brass. I use Adobe Illustrator to draw the parts and send them off to a firm in Great Britain, where the brass sheets are etched. I can cut styrene down to a width of 0.7mm or so, or a post 0.7 mm wide by the thickness of the sheet (usually 0.375 or 0.5mm). For finer work I turn to brass.
Rick Posted - 02/26/2015 : 09:40:06 AM
Congrats on getting the pictures posted.

Impressive modeling.
Even more impressive when you take into account that it's N scale.
Bernd Posted - 02/26/2015 : 09:25:17 AM
Originally posted by pnolan48

I draw my own PE brass for railways, stairways and other fine details, and do my own resin castings for small hulls and other details. And I've started using 3D printing for some details such as bitts and winches.

Any pics of the tool you use to draw the brass. Do you anneal it first? Also I thought I knew all my brass names & numbers, but what's PE brass?

pnolan48 Posted - 02/25/2015 : 10:35:01 PM
For those not familiar with my techniques, I'm using a digital die cutter (also known as a vinyl cutter) to cut styrene sheets, which I buy in bulk in 4 x 8 sheets from a plastics dealer. Most of the Huleet Unloader is cut from styrene.

I started with a whole line of ships in N and Z scale. but am now doing some dock facilities. I draw my own PE brass for railways, stairways and other fine details, and do my own resin castings for small hulls and other details. And I've started using 3D printing for some details such as bitts and winches. Here's one last image of the Hulett:

I'm really excited about using the digital cutters to make these structures. It sure beats copying stuff at a reduced scale and cutting parts by hand along templates!
pnolan48 Posted - 02/25/2015 : 10:18:54 PM
OK, got it. A little bit roundabout, but I see what is necessary to grab the correct url. Here's a second image:

I do understand hmtl. I just had to learn how to grab the url, and finding the thread on how to do it was--well--not intuitive, as I did try!
Rick Posted - 02/25/2015 : 8:25:43 PM
"Is there a FAQ about posting images here? I can't find it." - http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=41714

Don't waste your time trying to post to your album.
There's no need to and as you've already found out the albums don't work for everyone.

Bruce posted the earlier the major reasons for pictures not properly uploading.
They are:

The most common problems are file size - keep them 80kb or smaller, or the name of the file - you should only use letters and numbers, no dashes or other punctuation marks. Also, use jpg files.

The only thing I'd change on that is the file size.
You can go as large as 200 kb usually.
pnolan48 Posted - 02/25/2015 : 6:38:08 PM
Here are some more finished images.

Ah, I give up trying to get these images to show up. They are on other forums. They won't load to the albums pages here, and have forbidden characters on my other sites. Is there a FAQ about posting images here? I can't find it.
pnolan48 Posted - 02/23/2015 : 5:11:47 PM
Yes, it's N scale. I can also cut it in Z scale. Or perhaps HO, but that might be pushing it for .020 styrene. I'm doing a Laker in HO later this year, and he might also want a loader or four.

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