Bashed Atlas Turntable Project.....

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Iron Goat, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    I model the Montana Western Rwy (circa 1948-50)... which was small feeder line that served the GN, and had two small lokeys and one gas-electric. I wanted to have a prototypical Laws type covered turntable to just turn the engines, as they only had a two stall engine shed that didn't require a T/T for that function.

    The Atlas HO table is nicely engineered, but it is not the best looking piece of equipment.. so I decided to try my hand at bashing the little Atlas... I first wanted to lay a wood deck made of driftwood stained stripwood, and then add styrene "diamond pattern" steel deck plate walkways, and track area. Next I wanted to add a stone wall around the perimeter of the deck & walkway. I have the stone wall half finished, and when that is completed I will add the Laws framework (timbers & anchor chain devices), and finally a scratchbuilt supply shed to house the T/T motor (as the Atlas shed can certainly be improved upon).

    I would appreciate any critique comments... Bob

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  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    hey! Those sure are fun to bash, arent they? Nice work!

  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Lookin good so far, Bob! It will need some weathering, but I presume you will do that after completion.
  4. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Here is the latest progress photos on the T/T project.... and yes, Russ, I'll be weathering it after I am finished with the bash & scratchbuild process.... and yeah, Kevin, these are fun to modify and bash. I've always wanted a turntable, but the space just wasn't there so I decided to squeeze one in anyway!


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  5. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Looks great! Really nice wood and "stone" work. That was time well spent and will look really great on the layout.
  6. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    very nice,you think you could build me one! ;) .--josh
  7. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Thanks, Josh... but this one has really racked up the man-hours for me. All that stone work, and cutting & gluing stripwood really adds up. I'm glad I did this one, but I'd need to think hard about doing another anywhere in the near future.

    I am waiting on turn-buckles and wire at present, so I am working on the scratch built shed in the meantime.

  8. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Looks great so far, Bob!

    Are you using actual 'driftwood' floquil stain? Careful - that's strong stuff!

    What are you using for stone?

    And finally, I just love the orange backdrop, btw. A refreshing change from the oft employed gray or subdued tones we usually see/use.
  9. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Thanks, Galen...

    I ran out of the "real thing" a while back, now I am using "Aged Driftwood Solution" that I get from: Dr. Ben at . This is a lot easier to work with, and it delivers the same results IMHO.

    I also get the stone blocks there, look for Dr. Ben's Baby Building Blocks (how's that for a tongue-twister...).

    Bob :wave:
  10. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Thought I'd post the latest progress shot of my turntable project. I still have to finish the scratchbuilt shed to replace the Atlas one, and then do some serious weathering.


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  11. CAS

    CAS Member

    I am sure it took some time to do this bash. The wood, and stone carving looks awesome.
    Great job, Bob.
    Keep those pictures rolling.

  12. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    That's great work, Tom...!!!

    I bashed the older version, but built-up a bridge so I could sink the base. Turned out OK, but last night, it sounded like a gear is giving up....Do you know if the new version is a drop-in replacement for the old one?

    Keep them pics comin'...:thumb:
  13. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Iron Goat, what did you use to fill in the area where the tracks converge on the turntable?
    It looks really good.

  14. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Thanks, guys.

    Gus: I've heard that they are interchangable, but not 100% certain.

    Loren: I bought Plastistruct sheet styrene in the "diamond" safety tread pattern (the kind of steel sheet material that they make cat-walks, running boards, etc. out of in real life) and I cut it to fit the perimeter area and simply glued it to the tops of those wedge shaped dividers between each indexed track position, covering track positions that I was not going to use. The prototype T/T was used only to "turn" the loco's, but if I need to add "indexed" tracks later, two cuts with my Exacto blade and it's done. The stone wall and the walk-way were both attached with GE-II silicone adhesive, so that it would not be a problem to modify either one.

    I cut out a pattern of my walk-way first, then did most of my stone wall work, and then added the "steel" walk-way. I hope the attached photo helps you visualize it a little better. If you have any other questions, fire away.


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  15. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    So you did not fill them in ! You went on top ! Clever idea !
    Thanks for the info.

  16. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Hard to tell from the pics, but did you score the diamond tread to look like individual plates?

    Great work, btw.
  17. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Nope!!! That's a Plastistruct sheet (comes in Grid and Diamond Safety Tread designs)...
    it took long enough to do all the other stuff without scribing my own styrene.

  18. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    wall1 No no no, what I meant was, did you scribe lines into the plastruct sheet to make it look like individual PANELS of the diamond plate material. In other words, real diamond tread sheet metal (I'm guessing) doesn't come in a giant ring, it was probably in big sheets that were torch cut to fit in place on the turntable and welded to each other.

    It's not a major detail and most folks probably won't be looking for'd be a nice added touch, however, and a place to make any rust effects really stand out...perhaps also to have weeds grow through any gaps between the plates...

    It really does look awesome as is, I'm just picking nits.:thumb:
  19. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Right you are, Galen... but I really did score lines, but I am afraid I did not scratch deep enough as the two coats of paint filled them in. I plan on re-scribing when I start my weathering process, which will be my last task on this project.

    At present I am working on a small detail that are among many that I have omitted... and that is a hatch in the deck of the T/T for maint. and clean out purposes.

    Thanks, Bob
  20. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    One of the guys from the train club that I belong to, posed the question of how they would access the below deck area of my T/T to perform maintenance, and clean-out? (This guy's got Eagle Eyes like Galen!)

    Well, the more I thought about that one, the more I knew the little workers on the Montana Western would be on my case if that wasn't fixed pronto. I dug thru my parts box, and slam-bammed an access hatch together... I usually try to follow the old rule, Less is More, so I hope I didn't over-do it with this latest add-on.

    Now, back to the shop.... Bob

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