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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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Can someone help me locate that RR chat room back in Oct=Nov 2000. It was free at the time but was in process of going to a paid subscription. the user name he used was
"mongoose" Guy was living in Columbus, Ohio and worked for the FRA and heard he either moved to MD or Crum Lynne, Pa
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I'm hoping someone here remembers a train/rr chat site back in Oct-2000, looking for a member using "mongoose" as a username. At that time, he was with the FRA and living in Columbus, Ohio. Heard he moved to either PA or Md but still with FRA.
The site was changing to a "paid subscription" and that's when I decided to end it.
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This is a great site. I enjoy it very much. You have a lot of great modelers here. I do Fn3 outdoors and On30 indoors. Thank you for letting me visit. I would like to be a member.
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