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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
See the next post.
Steam Nut's 1.5" Scale PRR Switcher
Posted by Dutchman On 10/14/2017 At 2:55:04 PM
Here is a pair of shots of Bruce's beautiful model in the Contest Room at the MER Convention in Harrisburg, PA. Kudos to Bruce for his willingness to cart this brute down here for all of us to drool over.





ITLA Builds - Sherwin Williams & Yaletowne Fab
Posted by wrongsideofthetracks On 10/13/2017 At 10:49:01 AM
Hi Everyone...

Here are a some shots of some recent builds I am finishing up on for my own layout. These two are being used as background shallow depth buildings up against my back drop. They were fun builds. Both are nearing completion - at around 90% and will be soon added to my layout.

HO Scale - Sherwin Williams Building: This is the left over buildings from the ITLA (Imagine That Laser Art) Coopers kit. I had used the other building to build out the Pep Boys Auto Parts building I had previously posted. Building is pretty much stock, and just added a number of additional details, signage and some castings. Nothing too complex or fancy at all. I really like the Coopers kit - 3 buildings and you can really do a lot with the kit parts. I chose to make these separate builds. Happy with how this one turned out.

HO Scale - Yaletown Fabrication: This is another ITLA kit, well actually tow kits combined together. It is the "D Building" flat background kit, and I joined two of them together to double up the size of this building. Again, really happy with the kit and look of it. I added a variety more details and some custom signage to build it out. Still a bit more to add, but like the look of it. Pretty shallow building, so fits great against the backdrop. The build was too wide to fit into my Photobooth and I don't really know how to stitch the picture together, so have posted pictures of both sides.

Here are the pictures from my two recent builds:











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 Posted By: Dawn Carol Goshorn 
I came across the site by accident and was THRILLED to see the RR models for the Shirleysburg area. My Dad grew up in the Shirleysburd/ My Union area as did his dad and his dad befor that. My great-grandfather worked for EBT and the only picture I ever saw of him was of that of him standing by an engine. I love the work (though I've always loved model trains). Thanks you guys for bringing this all back to life!
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Stumbled on this site and saw my January 1989 RMC cover shot of Phil Chiavetta's layout. Haven't thought about that for a long time. Thanks for the memories!
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COOL !!
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 Posted By: paul zeigler 
I look forward to making a contribution hopefully and learning a great deal in the process. A question: is there any information as to the steps to the installation of manual switch mechanisms? As a novice, I seem to be at aloss as to how to set them up. Paul
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 Posted By: Joe Giacchino 
i saw Dr. patti's layout and it is highly detailed and accurate. must have taken years to complete .
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 Posted By: Pennman 
Hi ya'all...
I have been reading the forums for quite some time, and am very impressed with everyone's entries here! So, I decided to join as a member. I will show you all what I am about, once I progress a little more on my current scratchbuild project.
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 Posted By: Ed 
Very interesting.
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 Posted By: classic57 
Up grading from H0 to On30. Eyes ain't what they used to be !
Any Kiwi's about?
Cheers.
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 Posted By: mark 
Can someone help? I have 2 full size wood box cars aprox 40' by 9'5" wide. How do I get rid of them or sell them?

Thanks,
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