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Frederic Testard

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  09:13:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last fall, I started to build a coal loading complex to fill a corner of my rebuilt Sn3 layout.

This work was part of the "Fall into winter challenge", and pictures of it and of the other models built during this time frame can be seen here.


As I had guessed when I started this project, it was probably too ambitious to be built in a relatively short time - especially since I wanted a rather detailed scene, and so it's been lying in front of me since december, waiting for my LP workers to come back from their Arizona vacation.

Since they are here again, I thought it was time for a new topic. I plan to share my next months between this mining project and an On30 scale Amazonia inspired module.

I'll upload a few pics of the prototype that inspired the model and of the current state of the work in the next post, and will then describe the remaining of the construction.
Frederic Testard

Edited by - Frederic Testard on 04/23/2010 7:37:32 PM

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  09:32:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great to hear that you are back at this project. I enjoyed seeing the progress during the challenge. Should be fun to watch you finish this one up!


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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  09:35:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to this!!

-- KP --
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Frederic Testard

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  09:37:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
First, a picture of the real tipple that inspired this project. I found this picture on the site of the university of Washington, and then found another site with easier to visualize - and more - images.

Here are a few other links showing the tipple under different angles, as well as the sight from the tipple :




The two next shots show the beginning of the work on the coal chutes (there will be a third one, that I made today). The two longer ones (one visible the other not) still need detailing, in particular a gate mechanism, for which I'll use the information provided by Terrell in this topic.


After the end of the challenge, I could make some little progress. In particular, I sceniced the area below the tipple and in the surroundings.

Among the buildings around the tipple, I had first thought I would have an office, as shown in this project picture.

When I reorganized my workspace during the removal of my previous Sn3 layout, I undigged a blacksmith shop I had started to build about 10 years ago. So I decided to replace the office by a blacksmith. The building was a bit too long so I removed a few planks on both sides and now it fits nicely the space. Here are a few shots. As you can guess, nothing is glued yet, apart from a few signs on the walls.

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Frederic Testard

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  09:38:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Chuck and Kris.

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  10:01:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frederick .... looking forward to seeing this project in its completion ... nice detail and work ....

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  4:23:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit nhguy's Homepage  Send nhguy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
That's a might fine looking model and scene Frederick! Very nicely done so far.

Bill Shanaman
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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  5:25:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Fantastic ... looking forward to seeing it completion and the work along the way.

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  5:29:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Frederic my friend, I am really looking forward to this! I love the photos with the light and shadows in the interior. Beautiful Frederic.

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  8:24:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good to see you back at this one. Always a pleasure to watch your progress.

In memory of Mike Chambers

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Crew Chief

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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  10:26:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Frederick,
Glad to see your back on this project. I look forward to your progress. What you have done so far is looking real good as always.


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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  11:40:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It looks great Frederic! spot on. I like the cribbing/framing. Nice details on the office interior (nuts and bolts). Thats a very long steep stairway to the top. Should be a challenge. I couldn't help myself 32 steps


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Posted - 06/20/2009 :  12:10:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just a question of function here, but I don't understand why the building extension over the track with the gon being loaded in the first structure picture. It appears that the 'control' of the loading of the gon is by the person standing to the left of the gon. Does anyone have an idea or answer as to what the function of the structure over that left track is all about? Thanks in advance...

Great start BTW, Frederic.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 06/20/2009 :  03:16:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow Fredric,
You can't leave a old photo lying round or you bash it up into something smashing! Nice work I'm looking forward to more.


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Posted - 06/20/2009 :  08:22:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I, too, am glad to see you working on this complex once again. That blacksmith shop is a 'must save' structure. I think it will look good as a replacement for the office building.


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Posted - 06/20/2009 :  09:01:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm glad to see you back at the coal tipple too. It's a great project and to date, extremely well done (we expect nothing less from you). The blacksmith shop will be a perfect addition to the area but I hope you lose the big rope around it. ;)


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