Oct 28, 2009
Still have to apply the trim boards, glazing and number boards.
The new tower looks great! Very nice work.
Today and a good chunk of the night so far was spent making carry boxes for my modules. Sorry no pics because, well no light outside and plus you all have seen them before. It was pretty much the same design but for double modules. I also cut out the pieces for a couple more module boxes and I was even working on the engineering for a new and very unique design that I am going to be working on here soon.
I also received a couple of prints that a friend of mine was able to get to print. I have tried this model a couple times and didn't have much luck with the detail around the porch. I have some cutting and painting and gluing to do but that's what model building is all about. He also took my station platforms and made them friendly to the resin type printers and was able to make a couple really nice units for me. These ones will be near the end of the usable platforms and will not have a canopy on them.
Back working on the coal mine....
....started gluing parts together and will start on the painting next with the hopes to get it together into 3 separate pieces so I can place it temporarily on the layout to work on the scenery around it.
More info here on TrainBoard ...
and a video...
Just Wow! That's all I got; wow!
Not on my workbench but a new workbench (actually a paint station).
More about it on this site here .....
The saw doesn't work?
It works, cut the board that is on it that the paint booth sits on with it. Don't use it too much anymore but if I need to I can just pick the paint station up and set it on something else and use the saw.
Going down down. That looks fantastic! I old skool scratchbuilt with sheet plastic the coal mine on my previous N Scale layout, a "Breaker" as they're known in the anthracite region in eastern PA. I did so, so that it would perfectly fit the real estate and its overall size would scale well against an adjacent mountain. I looked at dozens of prototype photos and mocked it up with cereal box cardboard to first get the look I wanted. The process was lengthy, but quite fun.
I'm trying to remember a video that I watched a while back. Before they were all automated, weren't the "breakers" where many of the child laborers were employed?
Likewise this was also lengthy and fun. Having a great CAD program like Fusion 360 helps but it is still design every element of the building almost like if you were building a real one. You went through the same process. Probably not much difference in time from start to stop scratch building or designing with CAD and printing.
CAD has the real advantage of once one is designed you can have multiple. Problem with the coal mine in that regard is I only need one. I might put the print files up at some point but as you did this was designed for a very specific location and probably wouldn't work for anyone else.
Yes, that's right. Anthracite is also known as "hard coal" (hence my name here), so the coal was worked at breakers for crushing, sorting and washing. Child "breaker boys" hand picked the rock, slate and other objects from the coal as it moved on conveyors. Automation came in the 1930s when "cone cleaning" was perfected, which introduced the coal into a slurry of sand and water in giant cones, which allowed the coal to float to the top and the impurities to sink. Somewhere around here I have some small orange cone-shaped tags as seen in the ad below that were thrown into loads to be found by homeowners and factories to market the brand and make reordering easy.
Starting some pilot surgery on this Train Master. The goal is to add Z-scale couplers and create a more accurate pilot/plow that matches SP's usual funny business:
Got a new PEI print bed for my filament 3D printer and I’m printing a ballast spreader to test it out. It just finished a few minutes ago and I’m waiting for the bed to cool to pop it off. So far it looks like a success, the glass bed had problems with the corners of this print sticking and this stayed put. Imma try another notorious print here in a few and see what happens.
I do need to make a slight adjustment to my Z axis as you can see on the bed.
What kind of printer are you using?
It's an Ender 3 V2 with a couple of upgrades.
Yellow flat springs that are stiffer and will not come out of adjustment as easily. Auto Leveling sensor so I don't need to have a perfect bed level, it will compensate for any slight errors, Teflon filament tube to allow the filament to slide through easier, and now the PEI magnetic which is a much better choice than the original glass plate.
Very nice! For materials to produce this display, what have been your costs, to date?
YUP they work best. dont get those rubber ones they do not work. i tried them on my pro and there always out of adjustment.......