Computer Aided Scratchbuilding

Mark Watson Oct 30, 2009

  1. SleeperN06

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    Maybe I’ll do that too. I’ve seen full sheets of self stick labels that might work. I don’t know hard it would be to remove the label paper afterward.
     
  2. Shortround

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    The glue on labels will eventually dry out and fall off. They will even dry out on there original backing. Sorry for the bad news.
     
  3. Flash Blackman

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    That's okay. That is what you want it to do. The plastic remaining is all that you need.

    Good idea on the label paper.
     
  4. SleeperN06

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    Oh boy, I got to say I hope this month is not a preview of 2010. It’s just been one thing after another. I bought some labels and my printer died. It says the carriage is jammed and I can’t find anything wrong.
    I ordered some styrene today from US Plastic and now I’m looking for a new printer.
     
  5. FlamesFan

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    I love this thread... looks like I am going to have to teach myself some CAD... I learn the basics about 5 years ago but have not used it since I chose another career path.

    Excellent thread Mark
     
  6. clevermod01

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    Keep it in paper

    At Clever models we design our kits in the computer and use other software to "unwrap" it into a flat plan. This allows us to create finished, craftsman lever kits from Card stock. You can give it a try by downloading the free kit we offer most months. Right now (Jan 2010) we are offering two crossing towers in HO and O scale. There is also a great tutorial with lots of pix. If your interested go to
    http://www.clevermodels.com and click on the " freebies" link.
    We will be at the Springfield show in a couple of weeks. We offer kits collected on DVD ready to print and build.
     
  7. Mark Watson

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    The website you provided does not appear to exist...
     
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  9. Mark Watson

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    Hey wow! I missed this post. Brilliant idea, full sheet labels!!


    Thanks for the correction Jeff. :)
     
  10. Mark Watson

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    Hello everyone,

    I just posted a copy of the two PDF documents containing the template and instructions to my website. Yes, that means you can now download the N Scale Mill FREE (which is scalable from Z to G)

    All I ask in return is to share pictures of your finish construction. :D :D

    (right-click and 'save as' to keep this one safe on your hard drive) ;)

    N_Scale_Mill_Template.pdf

    N_Scale_Mill_Instructions.pdf

    It's also safe to assume more templates are close to a release. :drool:
     
  11. Shortround

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    What weight/thickness card stock is used? I have some 65 lb. but that jams some times.

    Clever Models is a very nice site. Thanks.
     
  12. Mark Watson

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    I'm building my structures with .020" styrene. I have no idea what that equates to in terms of card stock weight.
     
  13. Mark Watson

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    Well well, my webStats already show over 100 downloads of the Mill Template!!

    Anyone have any construction pictures yet? I cant wait to see them!
     
  14. Kev1340

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    No construction pictures yet, but I see a possible home for it on an extension I'm planning for later in the year.

    I appreciate your sharing the template though, as it will certainly aid the construction process!

    Cheers,

    Kev
     
  15. RBrodzinsky

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    I'll take a picture today and post (though you actually saw it). Laurel still hasn't gotten around to painting it, yet.
     
  16. RBrodzinsky

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    OK- here they are. This was the very first "scratch" build project I attempted with cutting styrene, etc. And, right now, it's just plopped in the back corner of the layout, where I haven't even started any scenery. (Haven't even weathered some of my first rail-feeder soldering which was in the this corner!) Some staged freight, for the photo-op.

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  17. subwayaz

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    Got my attention Mark, they look good and instructions are quite concise. Awaiting that Townhouse/rowhouse you did awhile back or anyother city structures coming down the pipes:thumbs_up:

    Glen
     
  18. Flash Blackman

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    Made Mine Today

    I made mine today in about four hours at the SAMRA Train Show in San Antonio. I printed the pdf files and attached them to the .020 inch styrene with rubber cement. Then I cut the parts out as I assembled the building and removed the rubber cement before final glue. I like the result but had one or two problems. No big deal. Pictures when I recover from the train show.
     
  19. Mark Watson

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    While AT the train show! Sweet! Was it sort of a seminar thing, or just while you killed time during slow activity?

    Cant wait to see pictures and hear your feedback. :thumbs_up: :)
     
  20. Flash Blackman

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    It was a seminar. Lots of people came by and asked questions. I tried to direct them to TB and the thread, but I don't know how successful that will be. Also, Joe Cox (Austin, TX) wants the plans, too. He is really good at this stuff; hope he will post a finished picture.

    (These F45s are the SAR kits assembled by Joe Cox.)
     

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