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SierraWest and J.E. Morton's Brass & Iron Foundry
Posted by KKarns On 07/29/2018 At 12:59:59 PM
Featured is SierraWest Scale Model's latest release in HO/HOn3, J.E. Morton's Brass & Iron Foundry...herein referred to as "The Foundry" This amazing kit is comprised of six individual structures integrated into a wonderful manufacturing complex complete with a beautiful resin stone foundry structure. Brett, of SierraWest Scale Models, provides a detailed backstory that gives the The Foundry a meaningful and prototypical workflow.

My plan is to provide updates on a weekly to bi-weekly basis as I work up this gem of a kit.



The first glimpse of The Foundry as it came out of the box. Nicely illustrated box cover...pulse quickens...



Now this is what fine scale modeling and craftsman kits are all about!
This is a picture just as the box was opened and the packing material removed...the box with the picture contains all those wonderful resin and white metal castings! Time to get my hands dirty...
Cricut Project
Posted by George D On 07/25/2018 At 9:12:25 PM
I covered building two different structures where I used my Cricut paper cutting machine for a large portion of the construction in these threads: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50263 and http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50619 I've started another project using the Cricut machine. This is a kitbash and this time I'm only going to document the few steps I take where I use the machine. I won't be covering the work not involving the machine. I'll explain why later.

I'm currently assembling the truss rafters. The building is 50' long and it's going to take 26 of these buggers! I started by drawing a rafters on my computer. I loaded that drawing into the Cricut machine and scribed the design on a piece of 0.040” styrene. I used a light setting since I wasn't trying to cut the styrene. I enhanced the picture by wiping black acrylic paint on the styrene. This is going to become the jig I use to build the rafters.



Notice the bottom line is longer than the rafter. This is exactly 6” (1:1 ratio) and it's the way I tell Cricut the drawing is 6” wide. The truss is then scribed by the machine to exactly match the drawing dimensions. The rafter is HO scale 38'- 6” wide.

I added scrap pieces of styrene to hold the sticks of wood on the jig.



I modified my drawing, extending the lines to use it as a guide for cutting the individual pieces of lumber.



It's a simple matter of laying the stick on the drawing and cutting the correct length and angle. I printed multiple drawings because I figured the razor would start to damage the drawing as I cut multiple pieces of wood.

Here's a completed truss. It takes about a half hour to make one - Only 25 more to go!



Those gusset plates were also cut on the Cricut machine. They were cut from a sheet of colored card stock. It took the machine a half hour to cut them and it took me close to an hour to pick all the little pieces off the mat. But! If I had tried to cut them all by hand it would have taken much longer and they wouldn't be any where near as accurate.

The mat the card stock is on is very sticky. My first attempt at cutting the gussets was done on an old mat that had lost most of it's stickiness and the blade started to lift the gussets off the mat and things got real messy. That old mat still can be used. I'll use it on heaver material with painter's tape on the edges to hold the material steady. I'll save this mat for thinner materials.



This might give you an idea why it took so long to pick the gusset plates off the mat.



I'll be glad when I'm done assembling the truss rafters and I can see some progress on my building.

George
Mt.Albert Lumber Yard Diorama Build By Fast Tracks
Posted by Mike Hamer On 07/24/2018 At 4:58:36 PM


Last year, Tim Warris at Fast Tracks Hoobyworks purchased Mt. Albert Scale Lumber from Gerry Cornwell. Gerry had offered some really great O-scale structure kits and had already begun bringing them out in HO scale. At Gerry's asking, I built his first HO scale offering, Northway Tractor Repair. Tim is keen to carry on Gerry's tradition with this great looking Lumber facility. Tim has asked me to build my version of this second HO offering.



As the box image showcases, there are three complete structures to be created as well as a flatbed truck.



The standard kit contents image.



A brochure from Tim for Fast Tracks was included in the box.



An image from the CD on my computer of what the finished product should resemble, although I may add rail service to the diorama and possibly change the juxtaposition of the buildings.



This was my version of the first HO structure offering from Mt. Albert Scale Lumber that I built three summers ago.



It was their Northway Tractor Repair kit.
That build can be found at...

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45520



I had a ball creating this diorama for such an awesome kit, and I am sure to have just as much fun with the Mt. Albert Lumber Diorama.
Very Nice Pondorosa/Lodgepole trees
Posted by quartergauger48 On 07/23/2018 At 5:01:17 PM
I received these very nice scratch built tall pines from forum member
ON30VINCE. These are O Scale size 6 to 15 inches high with limbs at the bottoms. Vince can build the size you need. One of the problems on layouts is trees are usually too short compared to a prototypical tree. So taller is always better. And these are nice and tall. Send Vince a PM if you're interested in having him make you a few trees.







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Bret's Brewery
Posted by Graffen On 07/09/2018 At 8:12:02 PM
I've started on the Bret's brewery kit from Campbell in HO.



Content of the kit.





Some of the tools I use.





I started by measuring the parts and identifying them with the numbers from the manual.





I add woodgrain with a wire brush.





I cut out the windows with a xacto chisel blade, then I stained the areas which were to be glued together.





I add nail holes with a Trumpeter rivet wheel.





As you see, the wall lines up on the right side and the left is offset.





After staining the walls with india ink and alcohol, I paint the peeled off paint.

I use turps on a brush and while the surface is wet, I apply the acrylic paint which then pearls up in places to look like peeled off paint when dry.





I used a light grey green paint.





Painted walls.





The trim was painted green.





I glued the walls together.

















The floor is glued in place. I added a hole for the stairwell.





Support beams under the floor.



This is as far as I have gotten now.
The Dinky Creek bridge
Posted by Graffen On 07/07/2018 At 2:11:34 PM
Recent build.


Sorry, no construction images. My memory card did not want to find them....
Wood structure kit from Scale Structures limited.
The Dinky Creek bridge in HOn3.
All rivets and fittings are in metal .... Painting all the metal parts and drilling holes for 600+ NBWs is a bit of therapy.














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 Posted By: Chris Hollingshead 
This was my grandfather's business. I worked there with him as a child. Thanks for posting the pictures.
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 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
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 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
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Great site, just trying to get some ideas
for HO.
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Great forum site, my favorite. Thanks to Mike K for turning me on to it.

Larry
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Trying to find Dan S to make sure he knows about our 20th H.S. reunion in Marcellus on July 7th week-end. I goggled the name and found it on this site. Dan if you can reach out to colegroves@adelphia.net to make sure we have your new mailing address, I would appreciate it. Thanks, MAC
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I enjoy taking photos of Trains
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Hello - I have registered twice for the Forum in the last 2 weeks, but never have received a confirmation email.
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I am in the Northridge area. My Pike the "Panorama Pacific" is an HO guage layout approx 600 sq ft.

I would like to meet people in my area who live in thew S.F. Valley

Richard
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