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 Posted: Tue Jan 15th, 2008 08:05 am
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Hey Wayne - that really is looking great. Just the panels and the dome to do now !!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Why don't you ask each member of this forum to scribe 10 panels each !!! :lol: :lol:

Really looking forward to the next stage - you must be "chuffed" to bits with it up to now.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 15th, 2008 12:35 pm
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Thanks for the suggestions guys! I have decided (about 4:00 am) to use the scribe tool that I have. I believe it is a good thing that these lines will be barely visible on a HO scale model. The more prominent they are, the less realistic the model becomes.

So after golf today I will begin the process of producing the outer skin, in one piece and start the scribing! :evil: :evil: :evil:

Darren,
I took a look at that concrete surface, thank you for that. It is tempting but, I would have to come up with a different color, the silo concrete is actually a brown color. Don't know why, maybe it's because of the 60 odd years it's been setting out there is the sun? You would think that, that would cause it to fade, not darken! I have a close up picture of it, and I will post it in a few days. When you see this picture you will also understand why I decided to use the scribe tool I currently have.

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This is a picture of the actual concrete blocks that are in the silo. Well, I thought they were brown? So much for my memory!

Anyway you can see the gaps between the blocks very well here. There is no grouting at all.

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I have, after a few hours of sore fingers, finished scribing the blocks into the silo's outer skin. I increased the thickness of the outer skin to .020. I felt I needed this to better accept the pressure of the scribe. It was a good thing I made that decision, as even this thickness was bowing on me. It was actually curling outward, the opposite direction I needed it to curl to go around the silo. :evil: :evil: :evil: It was in a 10" radius after I had finished scribing in all the vertical lines. Once I began the horizontal lines it did flatten it out some, which helped.

I took Perry's advice and let the solvent seep in from the top and bottom and the edges, that's the only spots where it is held in place. It worked Great!.

So, here it is with the outer skin applied to the silo! :D :D :D

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Well worth a few sore fingers I would have thought Wayne. Great.



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Very impressive, Wayne. Keep going :)

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i think we shall have to start calling you,"Wayne Perry"
you are catching up with the master.
:? :roll: :roll: :roll: :lol: :lol: 8)

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owen69 wrote:i think we shall have to start calling you,"Wayne Perry"
you are catching up with the master.


I Don't Think So![size=9] But Thanks For The Compliment! :oops: :oops: :oops:

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My next step was to cover the climbing tower with the blocks. Now because this is a much tighter radius, I figured that I had to strip it instead of trying to get one sheet to bend around it. In this picture you can see where I started to scribe the blocks into the strip. Bad mistake! With that thin of a strip, if I had kept going I would have been scribing inside a tunnel. It started to bow very quickly, so I stopped and bonded it to the climbing tower. Once in place, the scribing went much easier, albeit slower.



Here is an end view of the completed climbing tower! I had to bevel cut each strip so that the thickness of the strip did not show on the outside of the tower. I thought I was doing a pretty good job with those angles until I saw this picture!



The Silo with Climbing Tower installed and all the blocks in place. :D :D :D



And another view. If you will notice, I have a problem headed my way. The gap where the climbing tower touches the silo, "What Gap You Say", yep that's the problem. No room left for the rings to go around the silo! :evil: :evil: I guess the tolerance I built in got ate up with all those little pieces! Hopefully I can block sand some off the edges of the climbing tower to make room for the rings.



I could, at this point, begin the construction of the Dome, :roll: but I think it deserves some more thought, :roll: :roll: :roll: OK, a Lot more thought .

So I will instead, begin the construction of the attached building. This is almost four times larger than the Outhouse, so I am liking it! :D :D :D

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Wayne thats looking really good..good idea to go onto a different piece - this stops boredom and also the temptation to rush an element...



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You'll get to the dome in your own time, Wayne :!: This is great modelling :!: :!:



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Impressive, watching, and learning, with interest.
I think that the scribed blocks look great and once you've got a slightly darker grey wash into the grooves it will look fantastic.



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I have started the foundation of the structure. It is made up of concrete blocks. I tried to find some plasticard that looked like concrete blocks, but to no avail, so with the experience I have from the blocks of the silo I decided to scribe my own. Once I had laid out the shape of the silo on the floor and cut it out, I thought, why not, and just flipped it over and bonded it in place to reinforce the floor. Why just throw it away? You need to keep in mind that I have just started with scratchbuilding, and I do not have a scrap piece in the house! :shock:



And here is the foundation setting against the silo.




For the walls, all I could find in plasticard from my local suppliers was what they called passenger car siding. It is very close to what is on the prototype, albeit it a little bit different.



Now that I have actually looked at these pictures, I noticed I do not have one of the concrete blocks, sorry for that, :sad: but I will include it in my next post.

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First class job Wayne like Perry you are showing us that even us mere mortals are capable of producing stunning models with a little time and effort and enthusiasm.
i am enjoying watching your progress
cheers Brian.W

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Wayne, I've only just got round to looking at this and am very impressed by your amazing first effort.
What also impresses me is how you - and everybody else for that matter - take the time and trouble to post all the construction stages (which probably takes as long as the actual modelling!). What a dedicated forum this is.
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Wayne,

Like Ken i've only just got round to looking at this - its great man.

Come on own up you must have done some scratchbuilding before. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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just had a chance to read through all of this project. You have gone from little outhouse to mega structure in quick succession :!: I like the way you are approaching this and I think you are brave for tackling a round structure, which is not easy. I have never attempted scribing on the scale that you have done on this model and I am impressed with your results. Great stuff. I will be really interested in seeing how you solve the dome issue - it has got me stumped at the moment but I have got my thinking cap on. :? Looking forward to your next installment.

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Just got in and caught up with this thread. What a great build well done mate. Look forward to the rest.
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Said it before - but this is a most extraordinary piece of excellent modelling :!: Hats off to you, Wayne :!:



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