Alley Cats Bowling Alley ...A build thread

Candy_Streeter Jun 12, 2018

  1. Candy_Streeter

    Candy_Streeter TrainBoard Member

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    Got 100 2.5 mm balls for $3.71 and free shipping on ebay
     
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  2. Shortround

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    I had the opportunity to visit the local alley and seeing how you look at the pins, behind the valance and well lite, I was wondering if you couldn't use photos of different pin settings. I'm pretty sure, from memory, that with a collection of photos of your works, that lovely smile and wind blown dress you would have no problem finding at least one group to assist you. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Rocket Jones

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    You could try mass-producing pins by taking short lengths of wire (long enough to handle, not scale) and arranging them on a strip of tape. Dip the ends in white glue and hang to dry, so the glue "beads" on the bottom. Then you could pick the best for the front pins, paint everything white and clip to length. I don't think the red band would even be noticed if not there, or only do the first couple in each rack.
     
  4. Candy_Streeter

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    I was thinking of photos as well. If I light them just right I could get away with it.
    P.S. I have just the dress ;)
     
  5. Candy_Streeter

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    Just got my credit card bill. :eek: This is an expensive project ! Oh well.... it's worth it.
     
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  6. Candy_Streeter

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    Thank for the ideas! Painting tiny red lines around each pin would not be a pleasant experience. I was looking a earing bowling pins. They look great but I haven't found any that would be small enough.
     
  7. BoxcabE50

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    :) Congratulations! You are definitely a model railroader.
     
  8. Shortround

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    The size of the balls was determined. What size should the pins be?
     
  9. Carl Sowell

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    Candy, by no means am I trying to tell you what or how to do anything because you have more talent in your little finger than I could hope for in total. However, I have a suggestion : check at Hobby Lobby or Michael's for their artificial flowers. Look at the pistils and stamens in the flower. Some look similar to a pin in appearance and possibly you can find some that are real close to scale or that can be easily altered. Just my 2 cents worth. Most important - have fun ! !

    Carl
     
  10. Shortround

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    You may have something there. I do decorations out in the hall and use artificials for low maintenance. Those little white flowers used for fill have a lot of tiny buds. Could be something. But as said perhaps we should leave more up to the artist.
     
  11. SP_fan_1951

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    HO scale pins will be tiny. The dimensions work out to a height of 0.172", a base of .026" the widest part of the body is 0.055", the neck is 0.020" and the head would be 0.030". You could start with .020 brass wire and build up the rest of the body using PVA, or even thick acrylic paint.
     
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  12. Candy_Streeter

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    I have never done bowling alleys before so I want all the input I can get. This seems like a good idea. I will check it out. Problem is, all the craft stores are loaded with Christmas stuff.

    In 1918 all the big newspapers in New York got together and raised the price of there paper from one cent to two. The people were angry and " Here's my two cents " became a sarcastic expression that still shows up today.
     
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  13. JimJ

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    I learn something new everyday.
     
  14. Mike VE2TRV

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    What with all the inflation and stuff, two 1918 cents are worth about two bucks and a half...:p

    Plus sales tax and shipping and handling.:ROFLMAO:

    You're doing a great job, Candy. Simply outstanding.
     
  15. Candy_Streeter

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    Worked on the inside of my rear wall section last night. The first floor section. Pictures later today.
     
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  16. Candy_Streeter

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    Not done yet. I have more to do on it. The brick wall part will be the back area of the machines

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  17. BoxcabE50

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    So many years since I was last bowling. Due to health issues, can never do so again. This topic has meaning for me. Memories.....
     
  18. Candy_Streeter

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    Inside rear wall, second floor, above the lanes

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  19. Hytec

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    Now that's great, perfect mural.
     
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  20. Mike VE2TRV

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    I have to keep reminding myself that this is being done in HO scale... Beautiful.:)
     
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