N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. Pete Nolan

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    A small passenger ferry about 90 feet long. Z scale version shown. I built it for a customer, and it might be just too prickly to build for a kit. I'll look into it next month when I get back to Ohio. I think a kit might be about $30, but have no intention of making a cast resin hull for it.

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  2. Eagle2

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    Interesting how some of those are designed. The bow looks kind of like it tried to be a tug and got bent a bit.
     
  3. Pete Nolan

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    Exactly! It looks like they grafted a too-wide bow onto the hull. I suppose it's for better performance in the Wadden Sea, which is usually pretty smooth. As this is an excursion boat, it may not go out in rough seas. I'm not that familiar with the sea conditions on the Wadden Sea.
     
  4. sp4009

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    Been in "ghost" mode for a while. Took a break from everything while dealing with some health issues. Got 'er all patched up, cleaned my bench off and created a satellite bench on a TV tray in the living room as well. So far, I've built a few loads and started fabricating some buildings. Some strange urge to build some aircraft came aloft, yet it stalled and is grounded until I figure out how I want to mold these things... workbench_022415.jpg
     
  5. TonyHammes

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    Not really on the workbench. This is my slightly compressed Lewistown Clearwater River lift bridge on the Camas prairie. I did a mock up to get a feel for the size and to stand in for the bridge until I can kitbash one.
     
  6. Eagle2

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    Joe, very nice color choice for the girders!
     
  7. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    In Texas during the early 1950s that I model, segregation was still enforced by the State. The railroads were obliged to provide separated accommodations for their black patrons. Therefore the "Jim Crow" cars.
     
  8. arbomambo

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    Russell...
    is it possible to acquire your castings of the steam ejector equipment for the undersides?
    Bruce
     
  9. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    I suppose. However it takes me a while to whittle each one out of ivory. ;)
     
  10. arbomambo

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    lol...
    I scratched mine, for the chair car build..., but would appreciate having multiples for more builds...
    let me know!
    Bruce
     
  11. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Next time I kick the car out of the garage and set up my resin casting factory I will try to pump out some extras. I have been using some high strength casting resin that takes like over 16 hours to cure in my pressure pot so it is a slow process when only using one set of RTV molds. Do you need the roof hatches too?
     
  12. arbomambo

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    I imagine I will-Thanks for asking...
    I can't come up with a better alternative (apart from layers of photoetch and separate dogs(!!!!)).
    Let me know a total when you get around to doing some...
    Thanks,
    Bruce
     
  13. r_i_straw

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    Ready for the paint shop when it warms up a bit.
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  14. Bill Denton

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    Russell, why such a high strength resin? Seems like overkill. I use Smooth-Cast 305 which I admit is a little on the softer side but even Task-2 which is stronger only takes a few hours to set up.
     
  15. r_i_straw

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    I primarily use it because of the fine detail that hangs over the edge of the roof hatches like the handles/dogs that screw down to hold the hatch covers in place on the prototype. They break off easily using softer resin. I cast all the parts at the same time so don't want to mix up separated batches. It also has a long work time so I can take my time filling all the molds.
     
  16. drasko

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    Great looking car Russ! I'm in for the parts also! I also need your dining car roof casting!
     
  17. Bill Denton

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    CB&Q Silver Buffet / Silver Salon used on the Twin Cities Zephyr

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  18. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Amazing things coming off N scale work benches these days!
     
  19. fifer

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    Awesome car Bill, The workmanship is really top notch.
    Mike
     
  20. Doug Gosha

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    I am finally putting my Atlas signal tower together, having bought it at least 15 years ago.

    One of the reasons for the delay is that I originally wanted to paint it so it would match the HO version from years ago my older brother had on his layout in the sixties. So, I waited until I figured I'd find the right colors.

    Well, I have given up on that idea and am just going to assemble it in its red, tan, and brown splendor.

    :D

    Doug
     

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