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DingySP
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Posted - 11/22/2009 :  8:14:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Guys,
I am starting to scratchbuild a depot inspired by the RGS's Dolores Depot. Here is a link to the rebuilt depot that served as inspiration.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7_ysraqIouE/Rvpd8ud592I/AAAAAAAABHQ/hN47MXw6XO4/co-447-dolores-depot.JPG

I started by drawing up plans in AutoCAD, here is a sample of my drawings:



Then I built a sample, to see if my design was going to work. My design consisted of several layers that would remain separate, to ease in painting. So far so good, but I think I'm going to change some of the material thicknesses.







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Rick
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Posted - 11/22/2009 :  8:19:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Should be an interesting project. I like your samples. Looks like you know your way around a piece of styrene.


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DingySP
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Posted - 11/22/2009 :  8:28:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Rick.
I really like working with styrene, especially for those neat and clean, well maintained looking structures.

Tom



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DingySP
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Posted - 11/22/2009 :  8:38:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Moving along, the company I work for has a waterjet cutting machine, and after looking at all the parts I needed to cut out, I thought "Hey, why not have them waterjet cut"
Only small problem...I'm in Cincinnati OH and they are in California. Oh well, mail is quick and email is even quicker, so I sent them some material and emailed my dwgs. Here's a pic of all the parts.





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LaRueD
Crew Chief



Posted - 11/22/2009 :  9:55:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful AutoCAD work, Tom
O-scale?

Good luck on your project.

Delbert


"Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Edited by - LaRueD on 11/22/2009 9:59:02 PM

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desertdrover
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Posted - 11/22/2009 :  10:18:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice job with the designing work. It's also nice to be in a job like yours for the cutting help. Looking forward to your progress.


Louis
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DingySP
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Posted - 11/22/2009 :  10:26:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes Delbert, it is O scale, first time I have worked in this scale...seems huge.

Tom



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DingySP
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Posted - 11/22/2009 :  10:49:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Louis,
Yes, it is nice, but it took almost 4 weeks to get my parts done, because they had other real "work" to do. And it took like half a day on the waterjet...whoa
I doubt I will have them do it again, unless I have something really complex to do. And the parts came out rougher than I thought they would, so I will just cut them myself in the future. I'll post pics tomorrow of the waterjet cut parts.

Thanks, Tom



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DingySP
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Posted - 11/23/2009 :  9:55:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And here is the box of parts I received. Looks like a kit doesn't it.



Here is the back wall, the first one I am going to work on.



The parts look great, a bit rough though.





No problem, the plastic cleans up easily. Here is the first part glued on.



And this is my progress so far.



Long weekend coming up, I hope to get lots more done,
Thanks for looking, Tom



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wesleybeks
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Posted - 11/24/2009 :  01:37:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Tom

Your work looks fantastic so far. The cut pieces look fantastic.

Im in the process of doing a similar thing. Drawing up a structure, then having a friend cut the walls on his cnc machine. Im going to use 3mm thick super wood and see how it comes out.

Keep up the good work.



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deemery
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Posted - 11/24/2009 :  08:03:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The water jet cutting doesn't have the problems that lasers have with styrene (outgassing toxic and corrosive gasses). The parts cleaned up nicely, this will be an interesting build to watch.

dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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DingySP
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Posted - 11/29/2009 :  02:23:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is the rear wall somewhat partially finished:




And here are the sub assemblies:




And a low angle shot to show off the monstrous proportions of the depot...I'm still getting used to O scale.




I sort of raced through construction of this wall, I'll take more pictures of the next one.

Tom



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Peterpools
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Posted - 11/29/2009 :  05:25:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom
Wonderful idea for a thread and build. Looking forward to following along.
Peter



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DingySP
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Posted - 11/29/2009 :  4:21:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the encouraging words guys, really helps to keep me inspired. It gets a bit tiresome, cutting and glueing all those little pieces together, I don't even want to think about all those shingles.

Thanks again, Tom



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sn3forme
Engine Wiper



Posted - 12/01/2009 :  11:24:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thats a monster structure Tom,
very nicely done so far. I've been into O scale
for a year now and I still have trouble
visualizing how large a structure can be.
Great job so far and good luck with the
rest of the build.
Carl



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DingySP
New Hire

Posted - 12/02/2009 :  10:55:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Carl
Thanks for having a look. This is my first O scale structure and seems quite huge to my "HO scale" eyes. The station measures about 6" wide x 17" long x 7-1/2" high, not counting roof overhang. This will probably be one of the biggest buildings on my layout...and of course I decided to start with it. More to come soon...

Tom



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