Ho scale water tower

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by erniemiller2, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. erniemiller2

    erniemiller2 New Member

    Does anyone know where I can find downloadable scale plans for an HO SCALE water tower that I can scratch build?
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi Ernie,

    I made this one:

    http://www.zealot.com/forum/showthread.php?t=99201&highlight=water tower

    by eye as my first scratch-build. It roughly follows the ubiquitous Atlas model, with the core of the tower made from a sturdy cardboard ribbon spool.

    Since the prototype ones varied widely in size and shape, I don't think you can go wrong with this approach, unless you are looking for something very specific.

    Hope that helps,

  3. erniemiller2

    erniemiller2 New Member

    Great job Andrew, thanks for the come back, it almost looks real, but can you tell me where you got the plans, or did you scratch build it. Were they from the internet?
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks for the kind words Ernie.

    There were no plans... I got a few pictures from here on The Gauge, especially for the waterspout. But generally, the tower was a visual copy of the Atlas one, for which there are many pictures.

    It was my first serious attempt at a scratch build. I did it because:

    1) I had a fear of wrecking the seemingly expensive kits I had bought. I thought I needed some practice first...! :D

    2) The ribbon spool looked about the right size.

    3) There are no windows or doors to be cut into the structure.

    Here's a fantastic how-to on making a tower with cardboard, paper, and strip wood:

    http://www.zealot.com/forum/showthread.php?t=106164&highlight=water spout

    Try a search here - I know we have some great pictures of the "Canadian type" (enclosed base) by doctorwayne, and there may be others I cannot recall.

    I think of all the railway structures out there, as long as it looks right, it probably is...! ;) I would urge you to just go for it! :)

  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

  6. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Wow! I can't believe I had missed this build! FANTASTIC job.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks Tom...! :)

  8. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I've never used this site, but apparently you can download the plans and instructions for this N-Scale water tower for free, just by registering.

    They give instructions on how to enlarge the plans for whatever scale you want to build it in.

    This site has engineering drawings of a C&NW water tower that you could use, but you'd be on your own for technique.

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