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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:59 am

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Rik, if you Google 'Bluebell railway water tower' you will see a newly built one similar to yours. Might help with your dimensions.
Thanks Tom - yes, very similar. I might even start counting brick courses ...... :?

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by philipy » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:16 pm

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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.
I'd vote yes, FWIW.
Since its for the stationary engine you don't have to worry about loco height for filling and a squatter shape would improve it, I think.

BTW, I love the fire engine on that French site.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:41 pm

philipy wrote:
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Since its for the stationary engine you don't have to worry about loco height for filling and a squatter shape would improve it, I think.
BTW, I love the fire engine on that French site.
I'm thinking I might use it as a dual purpose tank - and position it between the main tracks (as per the photo) to also act as a filler for locos.

Yes, some really exquisite modelling on that French layout - most of which is scratchbuilt or kitbashed. Spent a few happy hours with a dictionary and Google Translate reading the text in the magazine. Amazing how many French words have different connotations depending on the context. I was puzzled by one bit that kept mentioning 'boudin' which my little dictionary informed me was a 'black pudding'. Turns out (thanks to Google Translate) that it also means 'flange'. I was also interested to learn that the French call the frog on pointwork the 'heart' of the point.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by bazzer42 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:02 pm

Just caught up with this thread. A masterclass in building with foamboard scribing, can't wait to see them painted.

What thickness do you use Rik? Do you laminate sheets for strength? My engine shed has a slight bow, I used a single 5mm sheet so not sure whether the glued wood is the cause.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:35 am

bazzer42 wrote:
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What thickness do you use Rik? Do you laminate sheets for strength? My engine shed has a slight bow, I used a single 5mm sheet so not sure whether the glued wood is the cause.
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I also use 5mm. So far I've not experienced any distortion. The water mill had a first floor which acted as a stiffener. I noticed the walls of the boiler house had a slight bow despite right angled triangular braces in each corner, but this disappeared when I glued on the roof. I use accelerator spray with superglue for some joints like the roof, when I can't get clamps or straps to hold joints in alignment while the glue sets. I'd probably use stiffening braces if I made a larger single storeyed building.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by Peter Butler » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:40 am

This is an example of the kind of stiffeners I use in my Plasticard structures....
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I would never consider using wood as it is sure to place uneven stresses in changing conditions and will certainly get wet and rot eventually.
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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:12 pm

Peter Butler wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:40 am
This is an example of the kind of stiffeners I use in my Plasticard structures....
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I would never consider using wood as it is sure to place uneven stresses in changing conditions and will certainly get wet and rot eventually.
Thanks Peter
Useful info. Top and bottom bracing along the sides seems eminently appropriate for larger foamboard buildings as well (and maybe smaller ones too).

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by jim@NAL » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:30 pm

Iv done excaky the same thing as Peter with my buildings this works a treat

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:16 am

First stage of the painting process now finished. Bit more tweaking and weathering to be done, once this lot has hardened off a bit. Also, want to do something to the interior of the boiler house - nothing fancy, just something to glimpse through the windows.
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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by Lonsdaler » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:32 am

Very nice tonal variation in the brickwork Rik.
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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by philipy » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:38 am

Very nice Rik. When you've finished the final tweaks it will be a work of art to match the sawmill itself.

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by markoteal » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:27 am

Beautiful!
Where did I put that uncoupler?

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:37 pm

Wonderful work Rik, the brickwork is perfect and I love the roof slates too.
Interesting to see more members developing scenic additions to their railways, no doubt your detailed description will encourage others to follow.
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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:50 pm

Peter Butler wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:37 pm
Wonderful work Rik, the brickwork is perfect and I love the roof slates too.
Interesting to see more members developing scenic additions to their railways, no doubt your detailed description will encourage others to follow.
I am one of them...

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Re: Sawmill boiler house

Post by ge_rik » Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:01 pm

Thanks folks. You're very kind.
Clearly, I am very much aware of the imperfections but am gradually learning how to avoid or correct them. I reckon, that by the time I have constructed the very last building on my railway, I will almost know what I'm doing......

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