60´Gallows turntable for HOn3

Graff Jan 7, 2016

  1. Graff

    Graff TrainBoard Member

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    Hi!
    This is my new project.
    The Model Masterpieces D&RG 60' Gallows turntable in HOn3.

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    I will, also build the Como Roundhouse to complete the scene.
    The drive for the turntable will be a step motor with full indexing. It is a system developed by a friend of mine and very fool proof!
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    I bought this kit second hand, and it misses the spider gear housing...
    I will try to make a new by 3D printing it.

    This is a good plan showing how I will do the drive:
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    (courtesy of Carrie Creek)

    I started the build by staining and adding grain to the wood. The stain is Isopropyl alcohol and wiper fluid mixed with vallejo burnt umber and black.

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    After it dries, I will lightly sand them to remove the fuzz.
    More to come soon!
     
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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Wiper fluid, as used for vehicle windshield wipers?

    What is the largest sized locomotive which would fit on 60 feet?
     
  3. Graff

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    Yes, Windshield Wiper fluid.
    The largest size is the largest on the D&RGW. A Mikado K-36 will fit with a bit of coupler overhang.
     
  4. customNscaler

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    What are you using for the turntable pit?
     
  5. Graff

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    The pit will be the cutout in the plywood base covered with ties, or maybe stone.
     
  6. Graff

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    I've come a little further on the way. The Nut Bolt Washer castings are mostly in place :
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    I just had to see how my biggest locomotive fits :
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    Now its time to spike some rails in place.
    :)
     
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  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Nice. Quite time and weather worn. Looks very real. (y)
     
  8. Graff

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    Thanks!
    Just one more update before bedtime (this is after all Europe, a tad different time zone...)
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    Filed grooves for the cables.

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    Soldered the wires to the Code 70 Micro Engineering rails.

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    The rails spiked and glued!
    :)
    I use Railway engineering rollee holders.
     
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  9. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Do you have a Kadee spiker? Or?
     
  10. Graff

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    No, I hand spike.
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    I have a flat needle nose plier that I have filed a groove in to hold the spikes.
     
  11. ArtinCA

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    Thinner for acrylic paints Ken. Works really well and it's cheap.
     
  12. Graff

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    The gallow temporarily installed:
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  13. Ironhorseman

    Ironhorseman Staff Member In Memoriam

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    That really looks good, Graff. Is this your own design, or is it something that you have the plans for?
     
  14. customNscaler

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    Your turntable is coming along amazingly! You have inspired me to get my engine facility started on my layout I am going to be using the Durango 65' turntable from kitwood hill models. Keep up the great work!
     
  15. JimJ

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    Beautiful modeling! You're doing that kit some justice.
     
  16. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Bill-

    In his first post: "Model Masterpieces D&RG 60' Gallows turntable in HOn3."
     
  17. Graff

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    Thanks!
    The base is started!
    ;)
    8 mm plywood base. I've glued the piedestal on the top and a piece of pine underneath. I drilled the holes for the bearings with my pillar drill to get the hole in plumb.
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    The axle will be replaced with a stainless tube.
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    The brackets that holds the tie rods are in place.
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    Had to see how it looks....
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    The pit wall is to be built using ties. And the pit rail has to be laid. I use code 40 in the pit..
     
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    Late last night I checked the Turntable and saw that the axle wasn't lining up!?!
    That despite using a drill press... probably the bushings tilted a bit when gluing them in at first?
    I made a jig, removed the bushings and lined everything up.
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    Now it is correct!
    I've also built the turntable pit wall. I used cork up to the pit ring level.
    Then I glued stained ties up to the top.
    The ties fit perfectly, I didn't have to trim any of them to fit!
     
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    A small update:
    The cork wasn't totally flat for the pit rail, so I mounted a template/scraper on my centre jig. I then spackled the surface and rotated the template to get a flat surface. It worked great!
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    I made some ties for the pit rail:
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    I glued them using my jig to get them to point towards the centre.
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    As you can see in the picture above, I made another template on the jig.
    This one were to make the slope in the pit.
    I mixed some very soupy plaster which I poured in the pit at the same time as I rotated the template.
    After a minute or two, it began to set. I then removed the template (which had a roll of excess plaster on one side).
    This is how it looked;
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    I added some thin paint to prepare for the gravel and sand:
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    The piedestal was painted as well.
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  20. JimJ

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    Looks like a pumpkin pie! Mmm.
     
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