Electric sub-station

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by ezdays, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Last time I bought a commercial mesh fencing was about 8 or 10 years ago. It's Scale Scenics[ div. of Circuitron] Brass Micro Mesh
    #652-3501...if still available.
    Expensive though, it was around 6 bucks Canadian back then for 2 strips about 2" by 6".
    Made a very realistic fence in H0...probably 'fine enough' for N as well. I tinned it, and soldered it to pre-tinned 1/16 brass tube for posts.
    Trick is very much the 'thinnest' paint job possible...and use a flat gray...I brush painted it, and used a hair dryer to keep the openings open..;)
    regards / Mike
    The tips, modeling, and pictures on this thread are very good.:cool:
  2. swissjohn

    swissjohn Member

    It's amazing how many versions of nearly the same kit are available :confused:
    In this thread we have seen versions from Con Cor and Model Power. In this photo from my old layout is another almost identical substation from the German PIKO company. I wonder who made the original kit ????;)
  3. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    JUst read a short article on just this subject.
    It is/was in the July/August '98 issue of
    Nscale. Some nice pictures.

    If want I think I can scan & e-mail over to
    you. I don't know if you can get a back
    issue of it; not costing more than the
    model.:rolleyes: ;)
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks, let me check with Verne Niner first and see if he has a back issue. We're suppose to get together in another week or two. Otherwise I'll give an email address to send them to.


    Yeah, you wonder if there is one mold and they pass it around:D I have seen many different configurations of prototype sub-stations some as simple as a bank of single phase breakers, others with larger breakers and transformers.


    If you feel the sizzle, or your hair stands on end, then you know what it's like to be in a sub-station. It's been a few years, but I can remember there was so much static electricity that you couldn't touch anything without getting zapped. Hmm, I wonder, could we? Nah, too dangerous.:eek:

    D:cool: N
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    On the molds, it was common for firms to transport tooling from country to country rather than kits. (Airfix used to do this.) Probably the duty or shipping was lower on the tooling than on a run of boxed kits; there may also have been tax incentives.
    And a lot of model kit tools have a a history of being passed around as companies went in and out of business.
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Good points, tooling isn't cheap, costing tens of thousands, making parts from tooling cost just pennies. Just a guess, but I bet you can find some of the same parts on different kits. Like the roof of a passenger station might also wind up in a different color on a post office.


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