Building Walthers Van Dyke Windmills

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by fifer, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. fifer

    fifer Active Member

  2. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member


    Very Nice!!!
  3. coaster

    coaster Member

    Mike --
    That's a very well put together tutorial, and one that's needed, I suspect, considering that it's a Walthers kit. (They're always described as "simple," and yet Walthers always finds a way to confound!) Out of curiosity, what's the reasoning behind cutting down the tower to a specific length after as opposed to before gluing together the four main sides?

    -- Paul
  4. fifer

    fifer Active Member

    Paul , good question. I really didn't know how tall it would look until it was together.
    Thanks , Mike
  5. coaster

    coaster Member

    I was hoping the reason was something like that, Mike!

    On an unrelated topic, though, can you tell me what kit (if any) you kitbashed to create that bowling alley on your layout?

    -- Paul
  6. fifer

    fifer Active Member

    Paul , I have had several request's for that info. A lady used to make and sell them on Ebay but she is no longer there. It is wood and solid with a wood false front and the windows and doors are printed on photo paper and glued on. Seems simple enough.
    Thanks , Mike
  7. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author Member

    Nice work, Mike! I especially liked your painting steps. I see I'm not the only one who still uses brushes!
  8. coaster

    coaster Member

    Simple and very effective. Thanks again, Mike.

    -- Paul
  9. coaster

    coaster Member

    Mike --
    Thanks again for that tutorial. You helped me sidestep a couple of potential troublespots in the Walthers instructions this weekend. Wish I'd paid a bit more attention to your treatment of the bearing, though; had to jury-rig my own approach as a result of not printing out your step-by-step ahead of time.

    Oh, and for the record: I ended up having to cut the size down afterwards, too. It's really hard to determine a good height ahead of time, isn't it?

  10. fifer

    fifer Active Member

    Paul , Glad to help and don't feel bad , the bearing block omission was what prompted me to do the tutorial. I did the same thing!

    Mike :wave:
  11. dr.5euss

    dr.5euss Member


    Very nice article, I think 'pictures say a thousand words' is very appropriate here :D

    Good idea with cutting it afterwards too ;)

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