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Terrell
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Posted - 09/24/2008 :  12:32:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is some shots of my O scale coaling module that a fellow forumite requested. The module is not yet finished but is on hold until said time that I am able to start the new O layout. The coaling tower and surrounding buildings were built loosely following a Wayne Wesolowski article. Some shots were taken outdoors, obviously.





The backside. I have made further progress with the scenery since these photos were taken.







The coal chute works, as does the coal bucket on the rear.

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kirk
Fireman



Posted - 09/24/2008 :  1:17:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful modeling, and very fine weathering! I like the two red sheds, and the refrshing lack of the usual clutter gives the scene a fresh, natural simplicity, that really lets the coaling tower show its structure without competition.

Troels Kirk
Näsum, Sweden

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Frederic Testard
Engineer

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Posted - 09/24/2008 :  4:54:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice work, Terrell, and thanks for posting it so fast... I love this tower, and in particular the excellent work on its opening mechanism.


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Terrell
Fireman

Posted - 09/25/2008 :  12:30:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Detail shots of the working bucket.







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Geezer
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Posted - 09/25/2008 :  1:20:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Excellent craftsmanship!!!



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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 09/25/2008 :  6:23:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great, Terrell. I didn't dare do it on my scratchbuilt Chama tower and mine are glued...


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Terrell
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Posted - 09/25/2008 :  9:27:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frederic, it took me a long time to figure out how to make the bucket work. You might say 20 + years. I built this in HO back in the late '80's. The bucket went up and down but didn't dump. The same when I built the O scale tower. I was following the article, but it was very vague. I kept studying and studying and couldn't figure it out. When I gave up.... I finally saw it. In a picture unrelated to the building of the bucket. There was some major re-do, but worth the satisfaction. Even though I'll probably rarely run it through the motions.


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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 09/26/2008 :  03:46:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, Terrell, since I've started my tower only five years ago, I can still hope to have the buckets work eventually...


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mwbpequod
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Posted - 09/26/2008 :  08:03:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Terrell,

I think I used the same Wesolowski article for building my coaling tower!

Looks like the same structure albeit I diverged a lot on the bucket and loading system and built a semi-enclosed cage-like affair for mine. I think it was also back when I was cutting my own "beams" on the band saw and also mortising the joints together. The follies of youth,

Yours is prettier, too! Mine is covered with coal dust and soot,
Pretty


Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to,
while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.

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Frederic Testard
Engineer

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Posted - 09/26/2008 :  09:40:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're right, Martin, about coal dust and soot. I blackened mine a lot to give it a realistic look and then I found I didn't find it very nice. And I don't feel very eager to restart the whole thing.


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Dutchman
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Posted - 09/26/2008 :  10:07:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful work, Terrell. I love the rust color that you have achieved. Did you use brass or styrene for the metal work?

BTW, I love the sand canister, too.


Bruce

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Chuck Doan
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Posted - 09/26/2008 :  10:07:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another nice one, Terrel! Thanks Fredric, for the request.

I had my house sprayed for Forumites last year.



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David Butler
Crew Chief



Posted - 09/26/2008 :  11:01:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's a good looking model, Terrel.
I got the latest Micromark catalogue yesterday and noticed they have a customising kit for the Bachmann Plasticville Coal tower. Order going in tonight for my tower. Shame it looks as if I'll have to take it all to bits to fit the kit though!
Yup, I glue my plasticville kits and then paint and weather them!



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Terrell
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Posted - 09/26/2008 :  11:47:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, guys. Good one, Chuck!

Bruce, except for the hopper gate on the coal chute it's all styrene.



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bfishma
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Posted - 09/30/2008 :  11:37:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit bfishma's Homepage  Reply with Quote
outstanding stuff terrell ... if G-d is in the details you have some mighty holy work my friend! keep up the great work.

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Edited by - bfishma on 09/30/2008 11:40:38 PM

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Frederic Testard
Engineer

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Posted - 10/01/2008 :  4:45:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Terrell, since I'm soon going to work on my coal mining complex, I'll have to build two delivery chutes and plan to install some detailed gates on them. I must say that I like very much the appearance of yours but fail to understand the detail of how it works to effectively deliver coal. Could you be kind enough to provide us with some explanation about it? I always think it easier to model a mechanism that one understands...


Edited by - Frederic Testard on 10/01/2008 4:45:46 PM

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