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 Posted: Wed Jun 10th, 2015 11:26 am
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Sean W
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Hey guys,


I thought a small water tower would compliment the shed I just built really well. So I hopped on google images and searched for " small water tank " and this is what I found, thought it would make a great model, so I got to work!



Im going to make that ^ with these


Fist thing to do is to make 4x4's out of the popsicle sticks


Then I raided the girlfriends bathroom drawer and found a lid to a perfume bottle that would work really well as a jig for me to glue the wood planks to to achieve a perfect circle


Then I got busy turning a big piece of balsa into small planks


Lots of little planks, even this wasnt enough, had to make more


Got started gluing the planks to the plastic cap. The CA>wood adehesion quality is incredible, they adhere almost instantly, it made it really difficult to get the first plank perfectly straight as I dont have any curing time to adjust the plank, took me a few tries getting the first plank perfect. Once I confirmed I got the first plank on perfectly square, the rest of the process was realtively simple and straight forward!


Got all the planks on the tank


With that done, I made the framing for the roof, we'll use this later


Got to work on the framing for the tank to sit on


Started planking the top


Using a clothespin, I got the legs installed insuring they were perfectly square


Got the base and support beams all done ready to receive the tank


I painted the inside of the tank black to keep any of the gaps between the planks on the tank from appearing orange


Got the tank and roof framing all glued together


After painting and weathering, its just about done, I need to figure out a solution for the steel bands that hold the tank together, I have an idea but its late ( or early, 4:12am ) and just wanted to get this posted for you guys. Ill figure out the bands tomorrow. When I actually get the model on a layout and figure out what I want to use it for, Ill get piping installed on it.






a picture for scale


Finally, the two models side by side!!

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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2015 01:12 am
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Hey Sean,

That is a nice pair of structures you have going.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2015 02:22 am
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Here is the finished model!



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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2015 01:57 pm
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Great ''how to''

We can use more like that!



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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2015 03:33 am
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thanks Herb!

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 Posted: Wed Jun 24th, 2015 04:23 pm
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Nice one, congrats.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 25th, 2015 06:34 am
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Nice one!

I recently found when passing a supermarket* coffee/tea bar some very thin coffee stirrer sticks.
7" long x 3/16ths wide by 1/16th thick. ideal for roofing for the smaller scales

*(UK modellers it's WAITROSE)

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2015 06:47 pm
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Thanks William, Ill have to look into that!

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 Posted: Tue Jun 30th, 2015 06:44 pm
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Nicely done Sean.



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good looking and well done



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