Copycat Mainline Coaling Tower in HO

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Fred_M, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. Fred_M

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    I was really impressed with the job Robin did making his N scale coal tower out of cardboard that I decided to copy one out of wood in HO for my layout. So I got the plans, thanks Robin. The plans were of a general nature so I'm going to adlib a bit too. The first things I made were the legs. They are 20 foot by 20 foot made from basswood strips.

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  2. Fred_M

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    Next I attach the two legs to each other with 22 foot beams to make the tower 24 foot deep. I then added the exterior frame to the front 30 feet tall and scored some basswood to simulate 12 inch boards and stained it. Have to wait overnite for the stain to dry.

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  3. Fred_M

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    Clamped the scribed siding in place while the glue drys. Start building the back frame next.

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  4. Catt

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    Lookin' good so furr,er far :D
  5. JBBVry

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    looks good to me. we need to post some blueprints and then do a contest to see what we can do with them.
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Very nice Fred, this one will be awesome. Too bad the plans wern't complete because the article was really a kit bash.
  7. Benny

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    If I remember right, there is enough information in the planbes to build it all the way...only wimps need plans of all four sides! :D
  8. Fred_M

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    I might sketch a set of prints when I'm done, but I'm trying to give enough info as I go to allow you to build one in any scale. Thanks for the comments. The plans I'm working off of have a few basic dimensions on it, the rest I'm doing by eye. The back wall is 41 foot tall and the cross beam is at a level to form a bottom on a 45 degree angle. After the bottom is in I will add the balance of the beams starting with the floor ones and finishing with the wall ones, then it will be on to the sides. I also glued the tower to a piece of pasteboard as the kegs are flimsy and easily broken off. :oops:

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  9. Fred_M

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    The floor and back beams in place.

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  10. Matthyro

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    Progressing well Fred
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    And I thought I was the only one who used my jumpers as clamps... :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  12. Fred_M

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    Got the sides on, it's just a fill in the pieces to fit. Fred

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  13. Fred_M

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    The other side.

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  14. NYC-BKO

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    Very impressive so far, Fred. - :thumb::thumb: Looking good!

    Don't those alligator clips leave teeth marks or did you file them off????:confused:
  15. Fred_M

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    No to both Brian, basswood is hard enough to take it. If it did they would just be weathering, but there are no noticable marks. If it were balsa I'm sure it would though. Fred
  16. Fred_M

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    To help me cut the roof joists at the correct angle I just cut a 45 degree piece of cardstock. I could of made a drawing, or used math. This just seemed easiest.

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  17. Matthyro

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    Whatever works EH! Fred. It sure is coming along very nicely
  18. SAL Comet

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    That looks great Fred, what did you use to score the basswood?
  19. Fred_M

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    The rusty bent finish nail in the second picture. Fred
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    So here's the roof beams on and dry.

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