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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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 Posted By: Skip 
Although I model in HO, to this day I often refer to your book
HO Narrow Gauge Railroad you can build. It was published in Model Railroader magazine. One question I do have is quite a few of the figures you use in the book appear to be hand made. For years I have been searching for them with negative luck. Are they formed by hand and if so, how did you accomplish it ? Is there a book on the marked explaining the procedure ? Thank you for any information you can offer.
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I'm always amazed by how fantastic this site is! The creativity is astonishing and It's my #1 source for finding ideas. (I will confess that before retiring I often dropped by without signing in.... Has my memory failed or did the posting allow printing at one time?)
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I am looking for information on using disc magnets for uncoupling Kadee couplers for S gauge trains. Can anyone here help me?
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 Posted By: Andy Reynolds 
Hi - Has anyone done a BIS Tidewater Kit? I have started one, but want to detail the inside of the Repair Shop. Any suggestions?
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 Posted By: samuel tarallo 
my grandfather name was salvino tarallo and was married to carmelita and they lived on bordentown ave in southamboy.The only imformation i could recollect he was eithera fireman or coductor for the raritan river railroad in 1970s and early 1980,they use to call him sambo,or pop,like grandpop,anyway he was my grandfather who carries a tradition on which i am proud to talk abouti think he worked with ray stocktenand other former emplyers.it is hard to get imformation on past employers,that is one reason i wrote,this is a good imformative site.
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 Posted By: RRRider 
Sam, There are a couple Raritan River RR employees that I know that may be able to help you. If I can pass along any additional information on an employee with that last name, I will do so. But if your grandfather had another family name it may not ring a bell with any of them. Please check the Raritan River RR Forum for updates or to add any additional information about your grandfather that might help. It is on this site, under Forums, then under Fallen Flag Railroads. I will post any other follow-up and direct anyone with info for you to that forum.
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 Posted By: sam tarallo 
my grandfather worked as a fireman in 1960s to 1980s on raritan river railroad.i am trying to get imformation on him on what job he did ,and who he worked with.the train use to go past stevens aveune in the morning in south amboy and my grandfather would wave to us or sometimes pick my older brother up and drive him back to there station located on john st in south amboy.these are momories i will cherish and never forget.
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