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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:14 am

I am seriously impressed with your work Rik, the detailing is top notch and no doubt the finished item will be superb.
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Post by philipy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:10 am

At least as good as I was expecting and probably better! Looking foward to the next installment.

If I tried to do something like that whilst on holiday, I would now be speaking in a very high voice and probably divorced. :cry:

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Post by ge_rik » Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:14 pm

philipy wrote:
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If I tried to do something like that whilst on holiday, I would now be speaking in a very high voice and probably divorced. :cry:
My missus loves just lounging by the pool and reading, so I sit in the shade and do something a bit more productive. I'm too fidgety - always have been.

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Post by ge_rik » Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:17 pm

Peter Butler wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:14 am
I am seriously impressed with your work Rik, the detailing is top notch and no doubt the finished item will be superb.
Thanks Peter. That is praise indeed from the Plasticard Maestro whose work I greatly admire.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:35 pm

Incredible Rik, it looks like its been CNC and is a commerical kit. You could easily do building commissions!

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:55 pm

Water Tower (for the boiler house) more or less complete now (apart from painting and weathering).
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Trying to decide, now I've put it together, whether it's a bit too narrow for its height. Might take a couple of cm off the base.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by Just Julie » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:44 pm

Brilliant work. :thumbleft:

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Post by philipy » Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:40 am

ge_rik wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:55 pm

Trying to decide, now I've put it together, whether it's a bit too narrow for its height. Might take a couple of cm off the base.
Lovely job again, Rik.
I can see what you mean about the proportions, but If you do take a bit off the bottom, is there a danger of getting the window too low and making that look out of proportion instead? ( I'm assuming the door can simply be moved up a bit?).
It might depend on its exact positioning when in situ, if it is positioned so that it can't be seen directly end on, you might get away with it as it is.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:11 am

philipy wrote:
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I can see what you mean about the proportions, but If you do take a bit off the bottom, is there a danger of getting the window too low and making that look out of proportion instead? ( I'm assuming the door can simply be moved up a bit?).
It might depend on its exact positioning when in situ, if it is positioned so that it can't be seen directly end on, you might get away with it as it is.
Maybe if I took a cm off the top and a cm off the bottom?

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:13 am

Who'd have thought ........

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Post by philipy » Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:59 am

Strewth... and people think railway modellers are weird!! :lol: :roll:

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by philipy » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:02 am

ge_rik wrote:
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Maybe if I took a cm off the top and a cm off the bottom?
I hadn't realised that trimming the top was still an option, that could be a solution. Could try just sticking temporary black tape round to make a visual break and get the eye to re-judge things?

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:34 am

Decided to take 1.6mm (ie four brick courses) off the bottom. I think it looks better. Just trying to decide whether to take another couple of courses off at the top.
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I know they say, "measure twice and cut once", but I decided to make the water tower while I was away in France. I had just enough foamboard with me to make it and so pressed on, guessing the dimensions. In an ideal world, I could have made a cereal cardboard mock-up first, but the PLR is a bit like Topsy ..... things get added as the fancy takes me - there is no master-plan.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:53 am

Rik, if you Google 'Bluebell railway water tower' you will see a newly built one similar to yours. Might help with your dimensions.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:58 am

In actual fact, the idea for the water tower came after buying a French model railway magazine while in France (Le Train - Le reseau modele) which featured an 0-16.5mm line (see http://www.gilbert-gribi.com/GGribi/reseau.html ). His model is primarily a logging railway, with sawmill at one end and forest at the other. Beautifully constructed with tons of fine detail.

A mate in Tasmania also sent me some pictures of a sawmill near where he lives. The boiler for its steam engine was from a railway loco (image 22) and the water tank was its tender (image 28). If only I'd seen that before I started work on the boiler house!

http://www.grandchestersawmill.com.au/gallery.html#

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