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closetguy
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  7:09:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi All
I have had a hankering for months to build a moonshine still and was going to model it after ones in these pictures.
All the kits available looked way to toy like so I was going have to go scratch.




Than one day while scouring ebay I found this. There are from Century Foundry Metal Works by showcase miniatures


The still body and spout are so similar to the ones in the pictures I bought two.

Nice clean castings with very little flash and nice cast details.





Mike M

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closetguy
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  7:20:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Cleaned up a bit of flash here and there and gave all the parts except the 3 jug castings a was in vinegar for 5 minutes.


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Than a soak in Blacken It. Interestingly, the main body and barrel casting turned a different color than the other castings, Maybe a different metal content. I liked how the barrel came out.




Assembled the body and spout and stuck to a dowel for painting.


I wanted to get an aged copper pot look so I lightly hit it with Floquil Copper








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closetguy
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  7:30:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Drilled out the holes in the body with a #72 bit so that the small pins on the legs would sink and allow them to sit flush against the still body walls.






wrapped the copper wire supplied around a 1/16" bit. Drilled out the spout with the #72 bit so that the wire would sink in a bit.







Mike M



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ak-milw
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  7:39:16 PM  Show Profile  Click to see ak-milw's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Great find, nice looking model





Andy Kramer -- Modeling the Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin

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closetguy
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  7:43:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi All
No plans supplied and assembly instructions are basically nil. So I cut the barrel support wood in quarters and free handed the diagonal cross. After attaching the barrel, it sat to high off the ground so I shortened the legs a bit. I left the barrel the color it ended after the blacken It. I painted the valve/spigot on the barrel with Floquil bronze.






stuck the jugs to some dowels for painting.And of course one jug immediately flies from my fingers. Down to two.

Mike M




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closetguy
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  7:51:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Better picture of the finished still


Mike M



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brownbr
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  8:10:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like it

Bryan

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jatravia
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  8:44:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is an informative build. Thank you. This is a timely thread as well.

I hope you don't mind a quick, related, story. I've been debating a relatively small switching railroad in the near future and I have a few ideas. One scene would include a still ... to honor my grandmother. Nana was from south Philly (Philadelphia, PA for the uninformed). In her youth, which would have been the late 1920s by my reckoning, she had a "guy" friend who would take her for car rides in to south Jersey near where I currently live. Why? Because he'd have to go check on his still and he was less likely to get pulled over with a woman in the car. Nan was in on it. She knew what he was doing. I am unclear as to whether this guy was running the alcohol back to the city or if he was just checking that operations were in order. It may seem like a not so nice way to remember my grandmother but it was who nan was ... and pop's scene ... well, they both had interesting lives.

Good job. Again, thank you.

Joe <><



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JeffB
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  9:37:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, I like it. I was planning a similar kind of thing in a secluded area of my layout. What scale is that?

Jeff Betcher



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  10:26:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks great, I'm also curious as to the scale.

Mike

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George D
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  10:29:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A good looking and unique model, Mike.

It just happens that I a taste of moonshine, imported from West Virginia, this weekend. I can still see to type this, so it was OK.

George



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closetguy
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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  10:55:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi All
Thank you for the comments. HO scale
One of the moonshiners came back to check the still. Gives you an idea of scale now.

Mike M



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wesleybeks
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Posted - 06/03/2013 :  05:18:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very cool little build. It will look good put into a scene.


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BigLars
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Posted - 06/03/2013 :  07:13:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike,
Nice build, I also need a still on my RR so I will bookmark your thread. Thanks for posting. Larry



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Carl B
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Posted - 06/03/2013 :  08:46:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Mike,

Nice job, cool project.

Was that vinegar bath for the castings... inside an upside down porcelain top of a toilet tank?

Sure looks like it, I've put a few of those in!



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djdutch
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Posted - 06/03/2013 :  09:31:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit djdutch's Homepage  Reply with Quote
hey Mike I like the Moonshine still I rememeber a diorama someone made and name it: The family buisness.

can you tell me the use of the bath in the vinegar ? I like the blacken it but unfurtunately I can't get the stuff over here and haven't find an replacement for it jet


DJ

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