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Ben Thresher's Mill
Posted by RommelT On 10/23/2017 At 10:33:53 PM

Was trying to upload some photos but keep getting an error that I must be logged in. I had some early photos of the basic walls mocked up to get a feel for the structure. Wish I had taken more photos of the preliminary planning. After ptogressingbthriugh through the build, I thought that this could possibly make for a very interesting kit. But that's just a far off thought at this time. As of this writing I am probably over 90% completely with the build with the exception of the pond dam and placing the completed model into a diorama. I had hoped to visit the actual mill to take photos to aid further development of the model but that will have to wait until next year.
Ben Thresher’s Mill
Posted by RommelT On 10/23/2017 At 9:07:58 PM

I am new to this forum and would like to share a project that I have been working on. I had been searching for images of old New England mills that may have been in existence into the 1940’s. I came across some pictures of a mill located in Barnet, Vermont. The mill is better known as Ben Thresher’s Mill. Further searching turned up a site where I was able to download actual drawings of the renovated structure. From a modeling perspective this structure was an ideal size. The structure has many changing elevations and mix of materials. I loved the stone foundation it sat on and the proximity to the stream and pond which would make for a interesting modeling scene. After downloading the drawings, I scaled them to HO scale and proceeded to work up some basic wall shapes from craft board. After taking some liberties I settled on the dimensions to begin cutting wood.
Some Detail Castings of Mine
Posted by adrian_batey On 10/17/2017 At 7:45:53 PM
Have been working away on masters over the past year and doing some casting. Here are some samples of the finished castings after undercoat.

Castings are HO and masters are made using styrene, strip wood, watch gears, brass tube and rod.

I still have a few air bubbles in the resin but think they are nice enough to be painted up and added to scenes.

Disney Crane Photo
Posted by darrylhuffman On 10/17/2017 At 02:24:02 AM
While standing in line at Big Thunder Mountain, I took this photo of a small, easy to build crane or hoist.

It would make a nice little detail on a model.
Ben Thresher's Mill
Posted by CVSNE On 10/16/2017 At 10:43:28 AM
We’ve moved into a temporary apartment until our new house is completed. I managed to claim a corner of the dining area to set up my modeling desk, and brought along several half finished projects that I hope to get completed prior to the early spring. One of these is this mill building. These are the preproduction parts for a kit based on a building commonly called Ben Thresher’s Mill, For more details on the prototype, see the Historic American Buildings Survey web site – (https://www.loc.gov/item/vt0013/) or search You Tube for a PBS documentary made about the mill several decades ago.
I plan to build this onto a diorama base that incorporates the damn, river, etc…that can eventually be incorporated into my new railroad. The one thing I don’t think I’m going to include on the diorama are any tracks – simply because I have no idea where to place them.
Incorporating a water-powered mill into a scene is a bit of a chicken/egg process. You have to have some of the building done before starting the scenery, but you can't get too far along on the building since you have to plant it into the scenery. Essentially, the structure is such a part of the landscape that it's essentially a hill or rock or some other scenic feature…hopefully with square walls!
A "European Christmas" Diorama Build Thread
Posted by Carl B On 10/15/2017 At 06:43:21 AM
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I need information on a Tortoise switch machine. The switch runs on DC current. Can I also attach AC current for the frog?
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Just interested in viewing.
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Greetings from Germany to the N-Gauge fans in U.S.:

Administrative Edit: the attached photo had to be deleted because of file size restrictions and complications with home page/Guestbook spacing.

Photo shows "modified" Arnold BR 95 in 1:160 which is surely 20 years old.
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 Posted By: Richard Neil 
This is so cool I'm amazed!! My Grandpa loves anything to do with trains could u just see me making something for him..That would be cool maybe I can I love to build I make balsa stick planes and jets alot of work and patience this site is awesome!!!!!!!My mom's friend turned us on to it thanks Kevin.
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 Posted By: Francesca Neil 
Hello all , Well my Friend Kevin O'neil turned me on to this site and I am simply amazed...Iv'e been checking things out for hours now and I wonder if this is something to get my son 18yrs into? he loves building balsa jets etc.....each jet is about 3' and alot of work and he is so paitent but this is all so awesome.He has always payed attn to detail and is very Art talented... I would love to see him with a great passion he has seen the work and is intrested so any input is great. To have such a passion and love for something is a true gift and I think you are all wonderful talented people to have a dream and follow with it I give you all alot of respect..Once again I'm enjoying this site so much your all awesome people. Fran
Signed: 11/7/2007 11:25:02 AM
 Posted By: Chris Hollingshead 
This was my grandfather's business. I worked there with him as a child. Thanks for posting the pictures.
Signed: 9/21/2007 10:24:24 PM
 Posted By: imkookoo4choochoo 
Hi, I hope someone can provide me with some information on an HO model kit I recently found. It is made by S&E Suzuki & Edwards out of Tokyo. It is a metal die cast stock car. I am told this kit came out right after WWII, which would make it 50 to 60 years old or more. Does anyone out there have any info on this maker or familiar with them? This kit has all its parts and I am just curious if there is a small marker out there that might be interested in such an item, and how much it might be worth to those select few. Thank you
Signed: 5/18/2007 4:09:02 PM
 Posted By: Richard Baker 
I have known about the L&W since I was a kid in Thomson. The EMD loco is an ex Ga & Fl RR unit #70. It was one of thier originals. There is a blue L&W boxcar parked in the wye with the loco. It has been there about a year. I was in Folkston a few days ago and spotted an L&W box in the consist of a passing CSX train. I drove to Wadley and nothing had changed in the wye. Upon leaving and heading north to Thomson, I caught sight of some boxcars sitting on the L&W main. I followed the tracks to an abandoned junk yard and there sat 4-5 Pickens RR box cars. There were trees growing up around the trucks. They all had roller bearings mounted in the old friction bearing journal boxes. I don't think thats legal now.
Rick
Signed: 3/3/2007 4:31:23 PM
 Posted By: Reg 
Great site, just trying to get some ideas
for HO.
Thanks
Signed: 2/17/2007 6:34:45 PM
 Posted By: clinchvalley 
Great forum site, my favorite. Thanks to Mike K for turning me on to it.

Larry
Signed: 2/2/2007 1:44:10 PM
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