Working From Plans

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Will_annand, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. hswn

    hswn Member

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    In building my trestle I had problem finding round stock for the uprights. I ended up useing the long one ended Q tips from a drug store, way cheaper then buying dowels. When you cut of the tip you have 5 3/8". Plus the fact the local hobby shop only stocks what they use in RC planes.
    I'm prestenly working on a wooden through (Howe) truss bridge with curved track.
    Brady
  2. Doc Holliday

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    Hey Brady,
    Have you tried bamboo skewers for your local supermarket? They come in a variety of diameters and lengths (varies from store to store), stain or paint well and are pretty cheap.
    Doc
  3. Will_annand

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    Brady, don't know about your area, but up here, most larger trestles were built with square wooden beams. only the small pile trestles used round timber.
  4. spitfire

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    Will, if I'm thinking of the same building you're talking about, the typical Ontario "Gothic" house, Sylvan does make it in 2 different styles - and they make it in N too.

    Val
  5. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Val, you are thinking about the HO kits "Grandpa's House" and "Aunt Elizabeth's House", they are 2 story versions of what are across the road from me. If you look at the N Scale "Grandpa's House, unless the picture is at a bad angle, it looks like the second floor windows on the side of the house are lower than the top of the door in the front.
  6. spitfire

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    Yes, that's the one I'm thinking of Will. It's hard to tell because the top of the front door is covered by the overhang. Looking at the HO model, which is from a different angle, the top of the front door is actually a little bit lower than the tops of the 1st story windows. I would imagine the N-scale version is the same, but you could always email them and ask.

    Val
  7. Will_annand

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    Not to worry Val.
    I have 3-4 Syvan kits on my "Want List". I am sure it is correct, just an optical conclusion in the photo.
  8. hswn

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    Trestle

    I looked at useing the bamboo skewers there size wasn't what I was looking for. I bassed my trestle on a local abanded one that is three cross brace sections high, and uses round pilings.
    Brady
  9. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    I found an interesting link, I have not explorer it to far though.

    www.freepapertoys.com :cool:

    If you choose the "Buildings & Structures" category, you get a long list. some links are broken, but so I found 2-3 intersting buildings. All seem to have free downloads. :thumb: Even if the building is not finescale quality, it will at least fill a hole until I can get around to super detailing that corner of the layout.

    Of cousre, Robin could superdetail them on the fly. :D
  10. Doc Holliday

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    What size are you looking for?
    Doc
  11. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    I am back again, bugging you fine people. :D

    I came across a couple of back issues of RMC. That have a great series of structure to build.

    I have "The Company Store" (Dec 1977), "Company Houses" (Dec 1978), and "President's House" (Aug. 1980).

    I am looking for two more to complete the series:

    "Boarding House" (May 1978)
    "Planing Mill" (Sept 1979)

    If anyone has these and wishes to trade for the ones I have, or anything else I have collected. :D

    I would be very greatful.
    Thanks in advance.
  12. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Hi Will,

    I will try to keep an eye out for these at my club dinner meet. Back issues (oldest I have is 1957...) go for $0.25 ;)

    Back issues are a great source. I really like RMC, but older MR (pre- 1990) have good stuff too.

    Andrew
  13. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Thank you Andrew.
  14. jim currie

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    Will i will check my extra RMC's i do have them in collection if i have no extras can scan and e mail them to you.
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    It seems I am mistaken, my articles on the Company Store and Company Houses are not the ones from the Porterfield Series by Jerry Strangarity.

    So all I have is the President's House, The Barn and Blacksmith shops.

    Also, not mentioned above is an article on the "Mill Supt. House".
  17. hswn

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    I was looking for something about 3/16" the skewers were all over the place in size. I have 18" of trestle pluss truss sections built.
    Brady
  18. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    hswn...

    Try www.leevalley.com - they have "microdowels" that may be what you are looking for.

    Andrew
  19. Doc Holliday

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    Will,
    I got your "thank you package" yesterday and looked at a litle bit of it. What a great train history DVD! I'd have watched more but my wife wanted to watch bull riding.
    Thanks again for all your help.
    Doc
  20. Will_annand

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    No problem, Doc.
    Enjoy it.