Mainline Coaling Tower

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  1. Matthyro

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    An article appered in the November 1990 model railroader about converting a kit.
    I decided I could use a couple of these so am scratchbuilding two with my faviourite material, cardboard
    The first phot shows beams cut from corrugated cardboard. They are 1/8th of an inch.
    OOPS sorry my error. It was in Railroad Model Craftsman mag

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    Then I cut 1/8th strips of paper and glued them on the open sides of the corrugated cardboard to make the beams.

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    Here are some of the cerealboard shapes
    More to come later

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    Wow Robin, you are off and running once again! The bridge project was wonderful, now the coaling towers. You have convinced me to try your material of choice when I start building structures for my next layout. I can't wait to follow the progress on this project!

    Thanks for sharing your efforts with us!

    Eric
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    Good project! Fred
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    Thanks guys. Eric I am sure you will get a lot of pleasure working with cardboard
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    Cardstock is my building material of choice too. ;) I like to see your posts and pick up a few tips. Good to see your onto another project.

    One thing I was wondering. When you stick the 1/8 paper strips to the 1/8 cardboard, exactly how do you do it to get it so clean, straight and wrinkle free? In other words, how are you handleing your glue? (white glue I assume) And, do you use a variety of glues in the building of your structures. Do you ever use hot glue or 5 min epoxy?

    TrainClown :)
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    Here goes the master again. Can't wait until to see this one. You always amaze me Robin.
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    Hi Robin,

    Well I see your at it again. Sure can't wait to see your progress.

    Ron :thumb: :thumb:
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    Thanks for the encouragement folks.
    TC I use white glue for 98% of what I do. Some epoxy where needed. No other kinds than glue sticks to glue background pictures to masonite.
    All I do is spread a bead of white glue down the length of the corrugated strip and smooth it with my finger. It helps to have a damp cloth available to get the glue off before I lift the paper strip up. I place the strip at one end of the beam and let it settle on to the rest of it. I then smooth the paper with my finger and thats it.
    I have also glued 1/8th strips of paper on the cerealboard cut outs. I use a piece of corrugated card to reinforce the corners when I glue sections together as seen here.

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    The first legs added to the main structure and the engine house starts to take shape

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    The engine house added to the main structure

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    That's looking nice, and it's so small. You are amazing. Fred
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    Thanks Fred. It stands 5 7/8ths inch tall
    I got some more done last night while watchin a doubler header of Canadian Football League games. The ones between Montreal and Ottawa, Montreal won, and the one between Edmonton and B.C. Edmonton was winning when I went to bed at the begining of the fourth quarter. Getting too late for me. But I did add more leges and structural beams as can be seen here.

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    Just What I'm Needing!

    Robin, I'll openly grovel for any plans you might have for this structure. I'm looking for exactly (pretty sure...) what you're building here, to use as a smallish engine coaling facility on my line. Everything I seem to find is designed for huse locos, or huge numbers of locos. I'm just wanting to service one at a time, lined up beside a water tower.

    I'll be watching this thread with rapt attention. :thumb:
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    Robin, I'm so glad that you finished another box of cereals and transform the remains into something very useful! :D :D :D

    In earnest - coaling towers are fascinating structures, and I am following the making of your model with great attention. And it looks like this will be one more masterpiece in your tradition. :cool: :cool: :cool:

    Thank you for sharing!

    Ron
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    looks good :thumb: :thumb:
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    Robin,
    The coaling tower is looking great.... you've got me looking for a November 1990 back issue of M.R.. I can't wait to see more....

    Bob
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    I really goofed folks. The article was in the Railroad Model Craftsman mag. Not MR as I stated earlier. My apologies