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Roundhouse - 1:48 Scale Build
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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 10:57 am
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Steven B
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W C Greene wrote:
I even made some "ladies" from nazi guys wearing long trench coats which looked like skirts. 
I just worked them over a bit and gave them "implants" and they looked like "proper" females!


Hahahahahaha! 
How fitting in our era.  [whack] 
There's no laughing hysterically emoji.  

People are expensive,
then try and find those "western" dudes and ladies that I need.

Animals (as in drayage) are also massively variable in size,
from Shetland Pony size to massive Percheron, "1:48" all.  

I too have modified many figures. 
I've used some military figures mixing and matching arms and legs a'la Woodie,
and found this to be the most cost effective, if cost is an issue. 

I've used some "war gaming' figures too,
but have had to remove some of the firearms and associated hardware,
to give them honest work. 

It's not easy to work when yer packing' a hog leg Colt. 
Figures can be a hobby unto its own. 
I need hundreds.




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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 02:11 pm
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I found these cowboy hat charms on fleabay. 

They work pretty good in 1/35 scale; would be too large for 1/48 scale. 

I cut off the loop and file it smooth. 


Maybe you could fine something similar but smaller?







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 Posted: Sun Sep 15th, 2019 07:50 pm
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I even made some "ladies" from nazi guys wearing long trench coats which looked like skirts. 
I just worked them over a bit and gave them "implants" and they looked like "proper" females!

Transgender figures?.

A new bold step towards equality!.

Jose.




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 Posted: Wed Sep 18th, 2019 09:23 pm
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I really liked the looks of the "beer can" style chemical cars,
but the N scale ones were too small. 

The HO scale ones looked about the right size,
but they were too long which required too much floor space.

- Tom





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 Posted: Wed Sep 18th, 2019 09:35 pm
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I decided to make my own tanks on the 3D printer. 

These tanks are 2/3 the length of the HO cars,
so I'll be able to squeeze everything into a smaller shed. 

I liked the diameter of the HO tanks and originally thought,
I'd make mine to accept the end caps off the tank cars. 

In the end I decided that was a waste of a couple of good cars,
so I made my own end caps too. 

While I was at it I also made two pumps, a filter tank and the open heater. 
Still need the sludge tank. 

Now I'm waiting on a parts order before I can start making the pipes,
that'll run from the tanks into the roundhouse. 

I think I've settled on a location behind Stall #4 for the pump house. 
There's just enough room behind it for a small shed. 

In the picture the filling water tank, pump and heater are on the left,
and the washout water tank, pump and filter box are on the right. 

A .2mm nozzle on the printer would give me smoother surfaces,
but for now I can get that by painting the parts with Pledge Acrylic floor wax,
before adding the final color coat of acrylic paint.

- Tom





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 Posted: Thu Sep 19th, 2019 12:21 am
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While you were at it?

Those look great Tom.

I really admire the guys that can design this stuff,
and then print it as well.

Super.

Tom


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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2019 12:04 am
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I've been working on the boiler washout system.  I formed up the five pipes that run through the overhead and then formed the riser pipes mounted at each of five posts to give acces to each side of every pit.  Last month I had placed an order with Rusty Stumps for globe valves for 1/16" and 3/32" tube.  When I got them in I found them to be highly detailed quality parts done on a 3D printer.  I mounted them on the risers and was blown away with the look.  I decided to place another order for pipe elbows and was stunned to find that Rusty Stumps was closing their doors.  Bummer!  Now I'm working on how best to make my own pipe fittings.  My biggest problem is that I'm using brass tube and rod and the size is at the limit of my resistance soldering station.  I could try using my 3D printer but I'm pretty sure the part sizes are too small for that.  Rusty Stumps used industrial printers that ran with liquid rather than filament and were able to get much more detail.  Ya gets what ya pays for.
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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2019 12:17 am
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I've been going back and forth over what color to paint the boiler washout system.  I painted the pipes black and then realized they got lost in the greys of the roundhouse.  I wanted them to stand out as a system.  I used to work with large machinery that was built back in 1963.  We had all the water and vacuum lines color coded so I decided to try a light shade of blue.  I don't know if this is realistic or not.  All the photos I've found for reference are black and white and that really colors my interpretation of how things should look.....so to speak.  It's hard to imagine past shades of grey.  I know they had color back in 1920.  At least I'm pretty sure.  There's an entire town in Northern California that was built in the 1880's.  All the houses are "painted ladies" and the colors are brilliant, really beautiful.  So I'm gonna paint my boiler washout system blue to help it stand out as a system.  The blue is kinda in-your-face so I'll tone it down some with Bragdon powders.  Now I'm working on the pump house in back of the roundhouse.
- Tom





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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2019 04:07 am
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Tom,

I think the blue looks great, and somehow it just looks right.
Like I've seen it before.

A little weathering and it will be superb,
just like the rest of the model.

It is a shame about Rusty Stumps,
but I guess Walt has been planning to shut down for a while now.

He sold most of his architectural details and a lot of his parts to Rail Scale Models.
I'm glad they didn't just vaporize like so many other manufacturers.

Tom


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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2019 11:16 am
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Tom H - thanks for the nice comments.  It is a shame to see Rusty Stumps close their doors.  From a strictly selfish point of view, I have only been back in the hobby for a few years and had just discovered the fun of building from scratch.  Losing Grandt Line and now Rusty Stumps makes this hobby much more difficult.  These are quality parts that add beautiful detail to a model and would be hard to make from scratch.  Walt has some great modeling info on his web site also.
- Tom W

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