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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2009 06:57 am
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You forgot to do the working air pressure gauge mate:lol::lol::lol:

Super litlle compressor there Wayne

cheers Brian

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And he will need a socket on the wall to plug it in :pedal



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 Posted: Sun May 31st, 2009 12:36 am
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Since not much else is going on in the scratch building section, I figured I might just as well add another project.

I tried looking all over the internet and at my local train supply store for an old Wind Mill, but did not like anything that I saw, they were all just too bulky looking. ( That's how I get into trouble you know!)

So I decided to build my own Wind Mill. The first picture shows the prototype that I will attempt to copy.



I am using some very thin angle (styrene) The size on the package says 3/64", it's all I can do to even see the angle, plus it is not very strong, and therefor not very straight. I order to try and make them stay straight I had to do a drawing in order to figure out long each cross brace is. The next photo shows the simple drawing that I made that gave me all the answers that I needed.



After considerable thought I came up with this jig to help hold the corner angles in their proper position.



Here it is standing upright. I must let this set overnight now to completely dry before trying to connect the top of the four corner angles.


This will take some patience on my part. I cannot push the assembly because these parts are so small and thin. They must completely dry before I can handle it.

Once this structure gets strong enough to hold itself, the top plate (the one with the hole in it) will be removed, along with it's vertical supports. The bottom base will remain and get covered up with grass or something.

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That's a challenge, Wayne.  Rural Australia used to have those towers all over before the power grid extended into farming areas.  They carried a generator, called a "Freelight" which supplied DC power to a battery bank for the house power and light.  They were a lot lighter construction than the towers for the wind pumps which are still very much in use today to pull ground water up for stock to drink.  I guess the same applies in the US as well.  Good luck with it.



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I nice fiddly project there as you say you can only do it slowly and very carefully.

I know whay you mean when you look around sometimes you cant see anything thats either ready made or a kit that fits the purpose you want i have found myself there are certain things i want to scratchbuild because i have be unable to find any kits suitable.

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I'd find that a challenge using 4 x 2 timber Wayne but your eyes are much younger than mine and your hands are certainly steadier !! :roll::roll:

Looking forward to learning how to get strength into a structure using scale components.  I wonder if the strength will also be "scale" ?  :roll::roll:



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Looking forward to learning how to get strength into a structure using scale components.  I wonder if the strength will also be "scale" ?

Petermac, I can answer that without a doubt, NO! :lol: Even with my so called young eyes and steadier hands, as you say, I still had to hold my breath every time I tried to bond the end of a cross brace down. Forget about trying to get it in anything resembling the correct location. After awhile I felt I was in jail looking out!

Because the pieces are so small I had to use very little solvent, or they would just disappear (melt). When I thought I had done a god job I would pick the tower up and just the light pressure of my fingers would pop a cross brace loose. :twisted:

The first picture here shows the broken shaft (that transmits the power down into the well) that I used to hold the four corner angles apart at the top. Once it was in place and the four angles were in their four corners I just bonded it in place. You can see it hanging down in the second picture.






All of the cross braces are now in place. I have not decided if I will make the weather vane yet. That would be mighty small modeling. Still got the ladder to contend with too.

It's hard to get a good picture with all of those cross braces. I have a few dips and curves in the four corner angles, but all in all, I like it much better than anything I found out there to buy. At least it looks more to scale!

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Just caught up on this thread and boy oh boy this man is brilliant. I reckon we should all put our orders in and get Wayne to build all our rail stuff, :thumbs

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Wayne, that is a little marvel,just shows what patience and determination
can do, :wow:lol::lol::cool:

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Thanks Guys! :lol: Sorry Phill! :cry:

Wayne :mutley



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Wayne Williams wrote:   Sorry Phill! :cry:

Wayne :mutley


Take it thats a no then :cry::cry:

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Phill, Yep!

I don't know why I keep doing things like this, but I decided to go ahead and build the weather vane on top of the wind mill. It really wasn't that bad, just stressful. :twisted: I start working and all of a sudden I realize I'm not breathing.

I am very happy with it though, at least it's not bulky looking. It does have a few dips and turns, but who's to say someone didn't back into it with a farm tractor? Someday I'll tell you that story! :mutley:mutley:mutley





Now for the painting, need to get that done because I can't even see in on the layout, setting on top of all that white foam.

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For goodness sake - a weather vane!  Is there no end to the talents on here?  I bet it even works as well...

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I bet it even works as well...

I did give is some serious thought, but I couldn't find a bearing small enough! :mutley:mutley:mutley

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You could always drive it via a belt and pulley to a motor on the ground Wayne. :cheers:cheers

Now I do have to say, that is some stunning looking windmill.  You're absolutely right - the bulky bought ones just won't do but to actually make a scale one earns you at least 10 gold stars !!

It's just a very clever thing to have done Wayne and, like the whole of Proctor Farm - a real credit to you and something to be very, very proud of. :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs



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"but I decided to go ahead and build the weather vane on top of the wind mill" We thought you would :lol:

Superb as always.

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And the Wind Mill is now all painted, rusted up and setting on the layout. It must be a winter scene (just for MikeC) because all the grass is covered with snow! :lol::lol::lol:

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Have your kids seen it Wayne ?  They'll be thrilled to bits !! :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs

(sorry - had to edit to correct spelling mistakes - just had a large glass of wine after a hard day !!!  :cheers - now on second edit to correct more - oh dear, must go and lie down :roll::roll:)



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Don't know how I missed this one!!! Another triumph Wayne.
    Ingenious jig you made to enable a perfect build too!!!

Cheers,John.B.:doublethumb

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Have your kids seen it Wayne ?  They'll be thrilled to bits !!

I send the same photos out on email to all of them, so yes, they have seen the photos.

I have been working on some small details of the Proctor Farm this afternoon. I will attach photos once they are painted to match their surroundings. Easier to see that way.

The Proctor Farm is coming along nicely now, I know because I'm starting to think about fences, flower gardens, concrete and gravel driveway, you know the little things! It would be nice to see something GREEN on the layout too.

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