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 Posted: Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 01:54 pm
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Thanks for the explanation.

That looks like a handy little building, I would have thought you could have thought up an excuse to evict Grandson to create a railway room - dry rot or asbestos..... :lol: :lol:

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Wayne-That is beginning to look like the real thing. How tall did you make the dome itself? In looking at 4 domes last week I guessed they would be between 32 and 36 inches tall. (Thats from about 60 yards away from the silos.)
Nice piece of work on a very difficult item. I'm looking forward to the finished product.

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IF the .005" segments prove too difficult to join properly over the ribs, (and I sincerely hope they won't), you might perhaps consider a lightweight filler - I think it's called 'spackle' in the States? Either that or one of the expanding foams that comes in an aerosol can. A little squirt into each segment, let it set, then carve/sand it to the profile of the ribs.

Just an idea.

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Don't know about Wayne Perry, but I think the foam sounds like a stroke of genius - from a genius !!! :wink: :wink: :wink:

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Thanks for the hint about filling in the gaps. I have already given that an extreme amount of thought. I have however, decided to try it out with the .005 styrene sheets first. If that just plain fails I can always cut it off and use the filler. I just feel that the value of being able to say "I built that from Flat sheets, is priceless!!

Tuesday's are golf days for me so, no progress for today, but just wait till tomorrow!! :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Wayne Williams wrote:............................................

Tuesday's are golf days for me so, no progress for today, but just wait till tomorrow!! :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Wayne - you need to get your priorities right !!!! There's a whole forum here who can't wait for the next post on this silo !!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good point about doing it all yourself 'though - I admire your tenacity (and skill) :wink:

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Wayne - you need to get your priorities right !!!! There's a whole forum here who can't wait for the next post on this silo !!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good point about doing it all yourself 'though - I admire your tenacity (and skill) :wink:

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You know when I retired, golf was my priority! For some unknown reason now things seem to be changing. I still want to play golf, but I think about scratchbuilding while doing it! :shock: :shock: :shock:

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In spite of all the humor on this forum, I will continue building the silo! :lol:
This is the beginning of placing the exterior skin over the ribs. The skin is .005 thick styrene. I just have not perfected the art of applying the solvent. :evil: :evil: :evil: It wants to leak down and get under my finger, and then promptly begins melting the styrene sheet.:twisted: When I reduce the amount of solvent, then it doesn't bond. :roll: Maybe by the time I'm finished with this dome I will have it figured out.



This picture shows every other opening covered with the styrene. You can see where the solvent has leaked under my finger in the lower right corner of the dome.




And the Dome is covered! Around the bottom edge I have bonded a flat strip, this will act as a guide to align the dome on the silo. It protrudes below the base of the dome by about 1mm.



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Next up I will be adding the 24 rib covers to the dome. These are very thin strips of rounded styrene 1mm wide. They will go next to each pie shaped piece and will disguise the fact that I overlapped every other pie shaped piece. At least that is what my thinking says it should do!


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Wow !!!

Brilliant Wayne - nothing else !!!

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Wayne,forget the humour,looks like you will have the last laugh
that is some build. :) :lol: :lol: :lol: 8)

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I am impressed :!: :!:

If that's the work of a "first-timer", we've got one hell of a scratchbuilder coming along shortly :!:

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Inspired.... just inspired. :lol: :lol: :lol:



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Wayne, thats looking great. Would a light sanding help remove any obvious overlaps before you put on the rounded styrene strips?



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If I wore a hat I would take it off to you, Wayne!

I have to admit I didn't think you would be able to do it this way. :shock:

I would advise caution regarding the suggestion of sanding material that's only .005" thick though. It would be only too easy to go right through it. I like your idea of the rib covers. Once those are added, paint will help hide any remaining minor flaws - although it doesn't look like there will be many.

Brilliant result. :D :D

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Thanks for the comments guys!

I will not be sanding the edges down, because I tried it on a piece of scrap and just didn't like the way it looked. Just could not keep it even throughout it's length.

Besides, I think the way I am heading will help me to balance out the slight width variances I have in the pie shaped pieces. When I come up to a piece that is wider, I can place the rib cover on top of it, thus making it look narrower, and if the piece is narrow, I can place the rib cover adjacent to it to make it look wider.

Snowball Effect! :evil:

or

Oh What Wicked Webs We Weave! :evil:

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I can see you have the kind of thinking that's needed for a good scratchbuilder Wayne. :lol:



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Most impressive result and a clever solution to a tricky problem. I think it will look great once all the ribs are in place and it is painted. Great stuff, well done.

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After this Wayne nothing will be a unmakeble project you have really got into this well and are doing a fantastic job.
I eagerly await the finished product you will be able to do special order commisions for people.
Cheers Brian.W

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henryparrot wrote:After this Wayne nothing will be a unmakeble project you have really got into this well and are doing a fantastic job.
I eagerly await the finished product you will be able to do special order commisions for people.
Cheers Brian.W


You may think this is egotistical but I don't believe there is an unmake-able project. In my business for 20 years, I would go to a customers business and they would say "Can you build this?". Now I'm out there looking for work, what do you think I would say? Of Course I Can Build It! Then on the way back home I'm sitting in the car driving, wondering, "How In The World Am I Going To Build This?" :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Well I always got it built, so I think that has given me this confidence, if I can close my eyes and see it in my mind, I can build it!

It's been fun for 20 years, and it's still fun!

Wayne :idea:, :idea:, :idea:, :idea:, :idea:, :D



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Nothing egotistical about that, Wayne. We know what we can and can't do. But really the only limiting factor is our determination.

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