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 Posted: Fri Dec 12th, 2014 09:31 am
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Just starting a thread here on my adventure building an HOn3 Logging layout.

I have a few HOn3 Shays as well as most of the Sierra West logging kits, and a few Finescale Miniature kits which I want to build, and would rather have a place to use them rather than build them and pack them away.

All track will be hand laid, construction is on foam on a plywood base and framing.

One of the first builds for the layout is Master Creations Coon Gap sawmill.

I have it 98% complete and am now working out how to plant it on the shelf.

The shelf is just shy of 16" deep, and I want room behind the mill do do some scenery where it is not just jambed up against the backdrop, so I built a bump out for the mill and log pond.

I want the mill to be sitting "quartering away" from the front edge, so I set it on the base that way and started figuring from there.

I can't put a plan on paper to save my soul, so whatever I do will come straight from my head and go onto the plywood.

After I was happy with the positioning of the mill I cut some pink foam bits and started fussing with them and the foam cutter.

When I had basic land forms to the rear and back side, I removed everything and went over the plywood with Bondo where the log pond will be, and then when it dried I primed that with an earth colored camo paint from Krylon.

Over that I will paint the ponds water.

After it dried I replaced the foam bits and the mill to have a look.

Here's where I am at.

















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 Posted: Fri Dec 12th, 2014 10:48 am
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Dave- Welcome back!

I was wondering how you were going to position the mill on a narrow shelf, and make it look plausible, but you pulled that rabbit out of the hat quite convincingly.

Any idea how many hours you had in the mill?  I know that there were some sizable gaps in the construction schedule, and if I were doing it I would have lost count long ago--perhaps on purpose.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 12th, 2014 11:45 am
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Thanks Herbie.

Yeah, call it a case of selective memory loss.

I have 160 hours in that thing easy.

Each bat was glued on one by one..... full interior.... lots of scratch building as the kit is at least 30 years old which means dry brittle bits that were broken and repaired... a lot. A shrunken plaster casting that was discarded and a new one scratch built...extra sprues of some things and missing sprues of others.....I lost some parts, the blacksmith shed is 60% scratch built.

This side wall including the door and window are one example.








The list goes on.

I love it though...one of my all time favorite designs and worth every cent and second I have spent on it!:bg:



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Only my opinion...DAMN FINE WORK! Great to see you back in the saddle. We need more and we want it NOW!

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Hi Dave
Looks great, wish I had the agility in the hands for smaller scales, but they ain't what they use to be.Can't wait to se how you progress

Dennis

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Hi Woodrow!
Coming from you I find that High Praise indeed! Thanks!
I'll do my best to get updates in a timely manor! ;)

Hi Dennis, Thanks for looking in.
I know exactly what you mean, I have started feeling some pain in my knuckles in the last year or so.

I'm also waiting for the First of the year so I can go get a new eye glass prescription.:hyp:
( Insurance plan says I have to wait til then or it would already be done. ):time:

Those are the main reasons I put my On30 stuff aside for a bit.
I want to build these kits while I still can do it easily, and it would be nice to see them when  I'm done! Lol

In addition to this I have been re-motoring a brass Cowichan Shay.

She was a real growler but I have her toned down a lot now.

Her sister, a Benson lumber Co. Shay, is a real growler too. She will be next.

Feels good to be at it again!:glad:

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Impressive work. A small shelf is a vast improvement over no shelf which is where I am right now. The HOn3 could even run my Sn2 cars.



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Thanks Kent!

Not a lot of progress with having to work on Saturday, but I did get the Log dump built today.

It's a scratch build, combining a couple models I found when I did a Google image search.

It's sort of a shortened version of the one offered by BTS, without doing the intricate joints like the birds mouths cut into the angled parts.

I just didn't want to go too far down the rabbit hole on this piece.




The timbers are not as large either, but I used what I had on hand and think it fits the bill.



Also got a visit from the postal worker too... on a Sunday!

Been wanting one of these for a long time.

The Duce is loose! :glad:





I'm gonna go stare at it some more now. :mex:

Later!

Dave



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Dave,
Speaking of simpler methods and less intricate cuts, I've been doing a little research into the under body framing for some of the early truss rod cars. On those, I'll forgo the mortise and tenon arrangements and stick with glued butt joints. Perhaps if I was trying to win points in a contest model, I'd rethink that, but I'm just trying to get a few flat cars, log bunks, and box cars built. No one would ever see those joints except me. The overall look is important, not the number of intricacies. You will have an incredible looking piece of work judging by the pictures you've posted. The HOn3 track needs to have more clearance though if you're going to put two foot gauge S scale boxcars on it.

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Sn2..... LOL I would have to gut it to the roof line Kent!

I ran the HOn3 Duce through the loading area as I was nervous about that stack clearing.

It did but just barely, I'll need to file a board down a tiny bit though, you have to listen close, but as it passes through you can hear the slightest little tic as the whistle taps one of the outer boards. lol.



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