Coal towers 'under construction'

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Mike R, Aug 20, 2003.

  1. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    These are two coal towers I have underway, one in 1/2" scale for G gauge [all red cedar], and one for Lionel-O [maple & birch].
    They are loosely based , and scaled up from various elements of, the old "Bachmann-Plasticville" H0 units from the late 50's.
    regards \ Mike
  2. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Oops...too many KB's in the "garden" shot....sending a more mundane shot...

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  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Good looking models Mike. I can't imagine what it's like to work in these large scales.
    Looking forward to more photos.
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I suspect that one has to eat a lot more cereal and popsicles to work in that scale.:D :D

    Great work at any scale. Also looking to see more.

  5. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Don, I can assure you that no cereal boxes or popsicle sticks were exploited or abused in the making of these models.

    For that cedar, maple and birch material, I do use offcuts scrounged here and there, rather than new boards though, it's the right thing to do, especially when one is of Scottish descent.

    The only purchased material consists of brass screws & escutcheon pins, and Lepage's Weathergrip Outdoor wood glue.

    A basic wood modelers' Rule: NEVER use popsicle sticks...very unsuitable material.


    Gentlemen, thanks for the kind words,
    regards \ Mike:D
  6. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Retrying a garden view :

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  7. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    both pics of the towers look great but that outdoor shot reallu shows off the 1/2 scale structure. Nice work Mike.

    :) :)
  8. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    Beautiful work, Mike!

    What are the rough dimensions of the O scale one? I'm wanting to build something similar for an On30 locomotive facility that will be part of my layout in the new house.

    If you have drawings or something, could you post them, or send them along to me?

  9. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Thanks David & Steve.

    Steve, I will email you separately on your questions.

    Because the '0' Model is being built for a Lionel layout, there are certain non-scale elements that would render it unsuitable for 0n3. It is too large. However, I will send you a few thoughts on how to tackle what you wish to do.
  10. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member


    Sounds like a topic that might be of interest. I would like to hear what you have to say. Nice work by the way.

    Greg Elems
  11. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    0-Lionel tower getting to 'nearly done'.

    Not much left to do on this unit now.
  12. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Tower nearly done :
    regards / Mike

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  13. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Another shot...

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  14. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Last one:

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  15. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    That is some very fine workmanship, Mike!
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
  16. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Beautiful Mike. There's nothing like wood in the hands of a skilled modeller, I always say.

    I'm also diggin' the blue peg board. That's the exact stuff I was trying to model in the window of Active Auto Parts.

  17. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    On the O scale tower: that's some fine modelbuilding!
    On the G scale tower: That's some fine carpentry!:D :D

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