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Tie Rods On Mine Kits
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 Posted: Fri Sep 21st, 2018 04:45 pm
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Wayne Taylor
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I'm currently building the Leaverite Mine from the old Caboose Hobbies Builders In Scale kit (HOn3).  


This is the 2nd kit now that has lots of tie rods directly under cross beams (the other was Campbell Scale's Chama Coaling Tower).  


I've had trouble getting the tie rods to come out perfectly parallel to the cross ties.  


Anyone out there have any tips on how to drill the holes on the uprights to get the tie rods parallel?



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 Posted: Sat Sep 22nd, 2018 03:56 pm
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W C Greene
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How about "gang" drilling the parts? And I might also suggest using a small drill press rather than "eyeballing" a pin vice and bit to get everything square and plumb. Maybe you might build some kind of "jig" to get things straight. These are my old timey ideas, maybe one will work for you.
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 Posted: Sat Sep 22nd, 2018 04:40 pm
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Thanks for the tip.  I do have a hobby drill press and used that on the Chama coaling tower but, though the holes came out perfectly centered and straight on the beams, they didn't match perfectly on the opposite side.  I drilled the holes once the section was assembled.  Maybe if I drill the holes before assembly, drilling through both opposite beams while one is on top of the other.
On the Leaverite mine, so far, I did "eyeball" the holes and that was worse than using the drill press.

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