Need suggestion for water tank

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by MasonJar, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    I am scratch-building a 1920s era wooden water tank, and need suggestions for making the spout and other details from scratch.

    I am tempted to go out and buy some detail parts, but want to try and have this entirely scratch built!

    So, I need help with:

    - water spout, chains, counterweights
    - water level indicator
    - finneal (sp?) - you know, the thing at the peak of the roof...!

    I will use 10 gauge wire for the piping to the spout, and I have built most of it from balsa and basswood. The roof will be singled with brown paper bag.

    Pictures as soon as available.

    Thanks for your help!

    Andrew
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

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    Scale?????????
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Sorry... HO scale. :eek:

    Andrew
  4. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Hi Andrew, send me you e-mail address and I will send a couple of "how to's" to you.
  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    How 'bout...

    twisted fine wire for chain, lamp pull chain for counter weights and a small nail and bead for the finial.

    I use 400 grit sandpaper for shingles.

    I also have a download to send for the spout if interested.
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    I PM'ed my email address to you.

    Thanks!

    Andrew
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    It's been mailed. It's actually a clip from an old article.
  8. MagicMan_841

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    There's an article in this month's Model Railroading mag that shows how to make the spout operable with a Turtle switch machine. You might want to check it out.
  9. philip

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    spout

    Back years ago we used Jergens lotion spout pump to simulate the spout. Looked just like em.Wonder if one could find an old cap anymore?

    philip " just a thought":rolleyes:
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Scratch building the spout is turning out to be quite difficult! It is the last detail I have to add.

    I'll get pictures up as soon as possible.

    Andrew