McCabe Planing Mill

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by belg, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. belg

    belg Member

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    Well folks I've started my first HO diorama with this great collection of structures made by BTS unfortunately my modeling budget cannot handle the cost so I'm scratchbuilding this instead. Here are a few early progress shots.

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  2. belg

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    I'm not totally happy with color yet but I will adjust before my final weathering.

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  3. Lighthorseman

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    What a COOL structure! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Please keep us updated!
  4. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Very nice work Belg.
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    Hi Belg


    do not worry about your budget, your work is better than what could get for money. Congratulation.
  6. ezdays

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    Looking good. You're off to a great start. :thumb: :thumb:
  7. mhdishere

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    Looking great Pat!

    Did you scratch-build those steps to the loading dock or are they pre-fab? If scratch-build I'd love to know your technique, mine always seem to come out looking like something on a haunted house.
  8. belg

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    Mark give me a call your welcome to come over and see my pike in the condition its in. Pat
  9. Woodie

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    Pretty kewl, Belg. I tried steps like that, but gave up. :cry: :mad: Maybe another time for me.

    Looks good though. :cool: :D
  10. RailRon

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    Now that's looking real good, Belg. I also love those steps and their worn-out look. :cool:

    I think your scratchbuilt structure looks every bit as good as any expensive kit. There's no need for an excuse because you're scratchbuilding that structure - on the contrary: Be proud of it! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    Ron
  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    I agree with what others have said that scratchbuilding is equal to the expensive kits. In my books scratchbuilding provides a unique look to the structure that kits can't come close to. The best part of sratchbuilding is the cost. Foe example, my current is a copy of a kit that sold for $250. My cost so far is around $1. I doubt I will ever by a kit again even if I could afford it.
  12. Gary Pfeil

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    Hi Belg, Those steps are great. Love to read how you built them.
  13. belg

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    The stairs were built using very simple method,
    (1) cut all steps to size on a tool with a stop
    (2) take a file and sand the depression in the middle
    (3) take your stringers (the side pieces) and take a piece of strip wood the size that you want in between the steps and mark one side
    (4) lay it flat and glue one side of the steps on your layout lines
    (5) adjust steps for spacing while the glue is still wet
    (6) apply glue to tops of steps AFTER the one side has dried lay down and attach the second side I used two heavy pieces of metal on either side to keep them clamped.
    I hope thats as clear as mud for everyone :D ;) if not feel free to ask more questions I'll try to answer to the best of my ability. Thanks Pat
  14. philip

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    That a nice one Pat. Nice stringer also! Is this one of the structures you need windows for?:thumb:

    keep posting your progress

    philip
  15. belg

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    Yes Philip this is indeed one of the structures I need the windows for. The other will be the second addition to this series. Pat
  16. belg

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    Ron I'm extremely proud of what I've accomplished so far and don't want to make an exact copy of the original but merely use it as my template. The only things I will have to spend some real money on is the castings so I'll still be well ahead of what the kit would have cost.

    Robin,I have in fact spent only about $2 on supplies so far. Coffee stirrers, matte board scraps from framing store both free. I have ordered my windows/doors for the first floor and that should be a $12.
    Thanks Pat
  17. belg

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    Looking good belg! :thumb:
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    Your scratchbuilt rendition looks absolutely great, Belg.

    This is one HO kit I did spring for after seeing B.T.S.'s diorama at a show in November. The mfgr. does include a good amount of detail parts in the kit, including brass figures. Either approach works; it's the fun along the way and the satisfaction you get from building that matter. I will note that there have been a couple of my scratch projects that got a bit out of hand--I spent more on doors, windows, and details than the kit would have cost in the first place!

    Please keep posting those photos Belg! Happy Easter.
    --Stu--
  20. shamus

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    Thats a very well made scratchbuilt structure, I like that a lot.
    Shamus
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