Canada Malting Plant

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  1. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    This old malting plant has been part of the Toronto waterfront since 1928 when the first group of silos were built. It expanded in 1944 with more silos then ceased operating in 1987.
    Val(spitfire) brought this to my attention with her post in Real Thing Canada
    Val very has been very kind to me and sent me a copy of the architects drawings so I could build this structure to exact scale.
    It is 344 feet wide and 210 feet high. In N gauge this comes to 28 inches wide ans 15 7/8 inches high. I can't build the depth to scale as I don't have enough room to build the whole structure but then that's modellers licence.
    A big thanks for all the help Val.

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  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    There is more cost to this project than I usually experience. I got enough PVC pipe for $15.00 at Canadian Tire. The 1 1/2 inch internal diameter pipe is a perfect 26 feet in N scale. The 1 1/4 inch internal diameter pipe is a perfect 19 feet in N scale. I cut the pipe into the required lengths using my radial arm saw.
    Here is what they look like.

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  3. Matthyro

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    The building sections will be made out of cardboard. What else EH!
    Here is the corrugated cardboard foundation. Cerealboard will be added with detail later

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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    This is to get a feel for what this will look like put together

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    WOW! This is fast work. Looking good so far.
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    Adding some cerealboard details to the carton base. I found that some of my measurements weren't right so had to do some bits over.

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    Oh no! Robin is building in (gasp!) PLASTIC!

    All kidding aside Robin, incredible, just absolutely awsome.
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    I think I speak on behalf of the masses when I say, "We are moist with anticipation."

    PVC sure is a nice, inexpensive material to use for many things.
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    I must admit, this is an intimidating project. I just hope I can get it all to come together. If I hadn't already posted the beginings here I may have backed off for a while. The real benefit of posting a step by step process is that it keeps my eye on the ball and I am therefore comitted to completing this structure so will keep at it. Your generous comments provide me with the juices to continue.
    Thanks everyone.
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    progress to date. The buildings are almost complete.

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    This shows some of the detail of the frame that will hold the ship loading arm. The frame work still needs to be painted.

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  12. Clerk

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    Come on Robin. Keep working on it. You'r doing great

    E mail me when finished so I don't miss it.
  13. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Correction

    Earlier I referred to the plastic pipe as being PVC pipe. In fact it is ABS pipe. Sorry for the error.
    In this photo I have glued sections of the pipe together using a two part cement. I am sure any epoxy glue will work.

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    Well Robiin, you do live up to your reputation... what a great model ,look forward to its completion and to seeing it on your layout when next we visit. Its so nice to get plans and photo,s to work from.I will be buiding that feed store that Val posted such good pictues of in the future when I get around to building the town of Helengon
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    Thanks Jimmy. I am now working on the ship loading arm. The prototype extends out over the water to reach the hold of a ship. It moves back into its housing when the job is done. This photo shows the beginings of the arm I am making. The cross beams are cut from paper and the ends still need to be trimmed off.

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    Here the ship loading arm is almost ready to be installed. I want to make the arm work like the real thing and a couple of control arms still have to be made.

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  18. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    WOW! That's really shaping up nicely. Can't wait to see more!!!!
    Ralph
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    Holy Smokes!

    :eek: Ditto! :eek:
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    Robin,

    It just keeps getting better and better. :) :)