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 Posted: Sun Jun 29th, 2008 02:05 am
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Well, here is the next re(build). I built the scalescenes water tower previously as the base was fairly close to prototype but was not pleased with the tank itself (i also note that the instructions state that that the Airfix/Dapol upper water tank can be used) as its not turned out well nor so close to the prototype.










The prototype is fairly similar to the Dapol upper tank. I fabricated this evening a new tank from styrene (corners using quarter round) rather than buying the dapol tank (its cheaper to scratchbuild as cost to send from UK is cost prohibitive). The infill panels and roofing to go on next.














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 Posted: Sun Jun 29th, 2008 04:24 am
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Looks good so far mate.
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Another interesting project. I like the rust effect on the roof of the old tank. Is that printed card or embossed plastic? Very effective whatever it is.

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Bob, the rusted corrugated iron would be from Scalescenes - I purchased that plus painted irron & roof tiles - it prints out as almost A4 size.

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Thanks for the info Sol.

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Today I completed the fabrication of the roof panels, sliding manway on the roof and associated handrail. Picture shows roof temporarily in position





Items left to do :

1. Install infill panels
2. Install ladder
3. Install roof panel seams
4. Install roof panels



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Looks like another winner to me,Darren. This is going to be some layout when its finished,a lot of real quality scratchbuilt buildings!

Cheers,John.B.

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Another unique scratchbuild? Looking good so far.



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I agree looking good .



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Today, i installed the roof, filled in the gaps and installed the seams on the roof.








I then completed the infill panels and installation of same. I cut out the main elements of the infill panels using the craft knife and then the final cutting of the curved elements was achieved using nail scissors. Final pic below shows temporarily in position on top of the bottom structure. Some more sanding/filling before installing the ladder.










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Roof painting has commenced - second coat of light rail grey applied to the lead roof covering.






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Starting to look really good.
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Interesting solution to making the tank look correct. The neat trick was leaving a bit of overlap on the corners of the tank so the 'infill panels' sit flush with the rounded corner pieces. Very good, coming along nicely.

With these water towers with big windows it is possible to see right through the structure. Are you planning to put something inside the tower and if so, what goes in there?

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Inside the tower - water pumps & machinery?

This is coming on very well Darren.

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Absolutely superb Darren.

I took a picture of a station roof a few weeks ago and it seems to be made of the same material and to the same design (on the right below) as the one on the water tower you are building. I've put it in to let you see it but also to let others see just how realistic the one you are building is. Quite superb. :D

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Thanks for the positive support folks.

Today i completed the bulk of the painting - some painting, sanding and touch-up to go.

The ladder i had planned to use (etched brass) was too short so that will have to wait till next weekend.







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Interesting solution to making the tank look correct. The neat trick was leaving a bit of overlap on the corners of the tank so the 'infill panels' sit flush with the rounded corner pieces. Very good, coming along nicely.

With these water towers with big windows it is possible to see right through the structure. Are you planning to put something inside the tower and if so, what goes in there?

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Bob, I will be putting a translucent sheet in behind the windows (same as the signal box)



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once again a superb build,are you available for hire???
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owen69 wrote:once again a superb build,are you available for hire???
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Owen, i would love to be doing this for a living but the day job pays too well and unfortunately at my glacial progress my prices would be too high!



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ah well,one can but try. :cry: :cry: :cry: :lol: :lol: :lol: 8)

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