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Here's something I found at the local Hobby Lobby (no affiliation or selling BS) that may be of use to detailing engine houses, mines, sawmills, flat car loads, and whatever you can think of. Gears, gears, gears...these are made of what looks like laser cut wood but when painted rust, etc. and maybe some "steel" dry brushed on the teeth, they would look really nice. Very expensive at $2.99 for a bag of 36-6 styles. I can think of many things to do with these besides getting them lost in a box somewhere. You can see the approx. sizes, the trains behind are On20, they would work as large gears in N or HO, sorta large in 1:48 or so, medium in 1:35 maybe, and nice for large scales.


The scale may also be deduced (25 cent word) from the figure at lower left.

Pretty cool, I would say, and I saw some brass & steel gears not quite like these but costing more in the jewelry section at the same store.

It pays to look around...you just never know.
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Boy Woodie, that's a quite a find.

Big gears like that could be used to model all sorts of stuff, ones coming to mind are steam donkeys and mining equipment.

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Good find.
It's amazing the stuff you can use on a layout in O scale if you just have an eye for it...

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Anyone know where to get these in the UK? I'd love some of these but can't find anything like it here. :(

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Thanks Woodie. Unfortunately probably only available in the 'lower 48'.

Regards,  Michael

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Hi Michael,
Check out a local beading store or their on-line catalogues- there appear to be several "geary" options in that US hobby store catalogue. I suspect that one or other them might be available in the UK, or similar items may well be available from UK suppliers. 
You may have to get a bit crafty about being "arty" :P

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VectorCut in the US do something similar in O & HO.
http://www.vectorcut.com

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Thanks John & Rod. I suspect there is quite a lot that rly modellers miss out on in craft, model aircraft, model boat etc. shops. I can never find the 'correct' size spoked hand wheels I need for various models.

Regards,     Michael 

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Hi Michael,

a quick search in just one of the UK on-line beading outfits turned up these as possible valve handles 
https://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/gold-plated-snowflake-spacer-champagne-bubble-beads-10mm-pk50/MB602/
https://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/antique-silver-cut-out-flower-beads-8mm-pk5/MB786/
https://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/antique-silver-flower-charm-beads-pack-5-7mm/MB454/
The prices won't break the bank as well ;)


I know that there are UK suppliers who do etched handwheels in various scales as well I can try to dig up for you. What scale are you after?


VectorCut out of USA http://www.vectorcut.com/accessoriesO.htm is currently offering free postage worldwide on some items for a US$25 minimum order. That gets you a lot of handwheels, spanners, or NBW's.
Hopefully this should give you a start on what is out there,

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Using translucent beads, drill a hole and place a LED or Grain of Wheat bulb and you have a lamp fitting.

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Gold plated 'handwheels' !. My thanks again to John & Rod.
Beading/sewing hobby shops - yet another source I had never thought of.

John: I model in 1:48 (U.S. O Gauge, On30) & 43.5:1 (British O Gauge, Stnd Gauge, industrials & colliery stuff).

Regards,     Michael

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Some other places to try.

You can use materials for flying tying. Such things as moose hair, boar hair, buck tail, deer fur, duck feathers, and kangaroo fur. Fly tying shops are great for obtaining weed & tall grass materials.

Braided fishing line as cable.

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Now we are digging into the really exotic stuff. Once you learn to disregard labels nobody will stop you ever again!
Jose.

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wish i had seen this yesterday as i came across a machine for drilling holes in beads and could't think of a use for it. the instructions were in very bad english and chinese

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Yes, keep your eyes open when looking around at a craft store, fabric store, fishing store, toy stores, pharmacy, spice shelves in the food store...goodness, everywhere. And don't forget the local hobby shop that carries planes, boats, cars, etc. Remember that when a product is "made for model railroaders", you may add 40 to 50 percent to the price. Some of the best details I have found come from stores that don't carry any model trains!

Woodie


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