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Frederic Testard Posted - 11/20/2008 : 5:30:56 PM
One of the members of the french forum "Forum US" dedicated to modelling american trains (mainly USA and Canada) has recently posted an amazing series of images describing his scratchbuilt machinery, which he does for a living, as an "independent artist". His name is Christophe Le Corre, he is 37. He allowed me to post on RR-Line these pictures and translate the most important elements of his messages, in particular the description of his construction techniques. He started this job four years ago, his goal was to provide some material to populate industrial areas that he found too empty on many layouts.

Among the documents he uses to do his work are :

- the 1941 US railroad encyclopedia, which last pages describe the layout of machines in a loco shop ;
- photos he took for instance at Strasburg on the East Broad Top, or when he visited shops in Germany, or that he simply downloaded on the web ;
- concerning the building of lathes, a very documented internet site at http://www.lathes.co.uk .

His first topic was devoted to machinery found in machine shops.

Although he is perfectly aware of the availability of excellent material such as Western Scale Models line of machines, he was after some more modern looking models.

He describes his modelling strategy this way :

1. You must understand how the machine you want to build works.
2. You must gather as many parts as possible, from the most various sources (military kits, gears, lighter striker wheel, lots of styrene - he must be one of the best customers of Evergreen..., brake wheels, small electric wires, 0.02" diameter brass rod).

Then it's time to build and with the help of the gathered documentation - and of a steady hand - , one obtains this kind of thing.



The picture features a lathe (a small one : a loco shop would feature more huge machines, able to handle the turning of loco wheels), a mill, a drill press, a grinder and an arc welder on a cart.

Then comes the time to paint the models. The basic color is an industrial green : ref. Humbrol Mat 120. After spraying a first coat, the paint is allowed to dry for 24 hours, then a weathering wash is applied, and after this one has dried, a final coat of metallic color is drybrushed. The result looks like this.



Don't forget to sprinkle some metallic shavings in front of the machines to add realism to the scenes.
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Christophe LE CORRE Posted - 09/23/2013 : 10:28:23 PM
HI pat, yes I have made drawings and build over, but in fact they are all different !
Ok for the pictures thanks !
I don't know what happen; in the preview every thing was OK and pictures displayed correctly ?!?
belg Posted - 09/23/2013 : 07:20:12 AM
I love the waterfront diorama! Can't wait to see it all finished with the water.
I'm currently on pg 5 of the oilfield link and wonder
do you make a 2 dimensional drawing of the derricks and then build over that? I was
hoping I could see how you break down a build like this.
I would love to see any project you work on so please start the new thread when your ready.
One big favor, if you could do some how to's while your building it would be greatly
appreciated.
A small tip when posting pics is space between them so they drop down below each other else
we get these long displays that we then have to scan left and right to see. The text naturally
follows and some will not see it.
Thanks so much for the great update, Pat
Christophe LE CORRE Posted - 09/22/2013 : 11:51:43 PM
Hi pat

some are in production for 2014
and I have always new projects for the moment I finish a layout in O scale : NY harbor theme little Greenville with robin's reef lighthouse and an apron




This coud be considered like a piece of machinery
I have two lighter tugboat covered barge and two station float
that have been made for it
also this year I changed directions, opposite to East side
near Huntington beach Signal hill in the mid thirties to forties
always in O scale...

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You can see it here http://teamtrack.xooit.com/t712-OIL-FIELD.htm

But for the moment I'm finishing the MRS layout for Rodgau
american modelrailroading show in october near Francfort
we ad two new modules from the existing first seven
I will post a new tread if some people here are interested ?
belg Posted - 09/22/2013 : 08:33:13 AM
Start surfing some of my FAVORITE THREADS again and couldn't help but revisited this and be amazed all over again.
Christophe, are these some of your latest projects? Anything new on the horizon? Thanks Pat
brownbr Posted - 08/23/2013 : 06:39:49 AM
Most impressive modeling. Thanks for sharing
EM-1 Posted - 08/23/2013 : 04:17:41 AM
Christophe,
WELL, the scale is actually 1/24th.....Pretty big.....I mean for O scale being 1/48th and all so....BUT, that would make it G scale for the most part....I'm just sitting here in awe over these, that you've posted, WOW!

Let me know what you think of a lathe and a Milling machine in 1:24th scale, and we can go from there?
Christophe LE CORRE Posted - 08/22/2013 : 1:47:43 PM
Christophe LE CORRE Posted - 08/22/2013 : 1:45:29 PM
Hi John well sure I'm making machine models for customers but it' s in O scale only sometime I scale (1/32)
I'm not sure about the scale you are modeling your shop also you want that kind of machine will be functional ?
I do only complete sets of machine for a shop like the pictures with lathe milling machine boring machine etc... between 10 to 20 for a shop or a works all are differents
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EM-1 Posted - 08/21/2013 : 5:05:34 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Christophe LE CORRE

Well I'm not dead lol
to answer previous question you have different size of horizontal milling machine 3meters high to 10meters


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Christophe,
First off, THANK YOU! I didn't think you were dead, guys who do work like this don't just up and die!

BUT, I'd like to see if you would make a "standard size Bridge Port, with Matching Lathe, to around the 1960's era, and give some though to a price of them.....I'd be interested to buy the 2....(I want to attempt) to make a shop that works on scale auto's, with some good details inside......E-mail me on it if you will! OR give me some ideas on what you used to make them, to see if I can come up with the parts....
Christophe LE CORRE Posted - 08/15/2013 : 10:57:32 AM
Well I'm not dead lol
to answer previous question you have different size of horizontal milling machine 3meters high to 10meters


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EM-1 Posted - 07/01/2013 : 02:44:57 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Frederic Testard

Thanks for the comments, guys. I'll forward them to Chris.
Mike, this material is O scale (although Chris is currently working on a huge project of coking plant in 3/8 scale : the whole model is 12' long by 8' wide...)

This post will describe some heavier pieces of machinery. A machine shop where big engines are being maintained needs some powerful tools.


Vertical wheel lathe and mill boring machine : perfectly suitable for machining tyres.






Christophe,
Any chance you would have the sizes of these machines? I'm meaning light height of the "table" and the overall height, and then to add, I'm trying to build a few of these in HO scale, (that's how I found this thread!) AND A LOT of inspiration I might add! I'd like to get some better pictures of this machine and a few others you have built due to the complexity you put into the models! I know I won't get that much into them just from their size, I'm building, but to make them "believable" in HO scale is my only criteria!

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

EM-1 Posted - 06/26/2013 : 09:03:43 AM
No problem! This VERY thread is the reason I joined the forums as I was doing a search on these type tools for modeling in HO scale! HOWEVER I'd like to get a quote on a lathe and a mill, UNPAINTED, in O scale, BUT, IF all goes well, I'd like to see what it cost to have the same 2 machines done in 1:24th scale for a model car, garage I'm working on!

I'd take diagrams to try my own hand at building them, IF they are around! As the garage is for a 1970 era place and time, so 1960's machines would be perfect......
dallas_m Posted - 06/26/2013 : 05:51:58 AM
Thanks for bumping the thread, John! WELL worth a revisit!
EM-1 Posted - 06/25/2013 : 8:56:20 PM
Well this right here is WHY I joined. Yes, I know these are O scale, BUT DAMN! The fellow making these scratchbuilt is simply put, amazing, I'm pleased to see some real craftsmen out there in this hobby, I'm working on such the same lines.......in HO scale!
sradasch Posted - 04/12/2011 : 11:17:30 AM
love lathe machines

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