It's done! Water Tower

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by MasonJar, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks to everyone who made suggestions for the spout of the water tower (see here for the other thread). I finished up last night!

    Mostly constructed of "craft" materials. A ribbon spool and craft sticks make up the tank. The roof is cardboard, shingled with brown paper bag and trimmed with more thin cardboard. The finial is a copper nail.

    The supports are MidWest "Fun Wood", which is like strip wood, but much cheaper. The ready cut sizes include scale 12x12 and 4x... whatever you cut it to. Comes in balsa and basswood.

    Strapping around the tank is .040 styrene strips.

    The spout is a paint brush handle that had the right taper. Sorry guys - just could not scratch a brass one - I'm not there yet... Thanks for your help though. The scale drawings were a great help.

    The pulleys are scratched from KD coupler boxes and brass. The chain comes from a bead store.

    Here's a couple of pictures...


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  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    From the side...

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  3. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Nice going Masonjar. Great job on the Water Tower and the pictures
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Fantastic, Andrew! Nobody's gunna know that ain't brass, 'cept you, Dick, me, and the other 1167 gaugers that read this :D :D :D Really looks nice.
  5. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    It looks fantastic. Great job.
  6. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Why would you want to do one in brass when you've done an outstanding job with what you used. Besides, isn't it easier and more realistic to make a wooden tower out of wood?:D :D :D :D

    Top notch work......

  8. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    It's great to see how the tank turned out Andrew. Excellent modelling friend. We scratch builders use anything that looks right. The easier and cheaper methods really work. The spout looks very real. You say you got the chain at a bead store. Where abouts is it. I haven't seen anything like that around here.
  9. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Looks excellent, I've built some of my best models from the recyling bin. Recycle.
    My wife would yell at me, Are you in the recyling bin, again!
  10. You did an excellent job of weathering the wood. Very nice.
  11. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great Job!

    That is one excellent piece of scratchbuilding, Andrew!
    Well done!!
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
  12. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    That's beautiful! The weathering really makes it look like its been standing out in the elements for a long time. Nice work!
  13. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Very, very sweet, Andrew!!!
    Excellent modelling! :) :)
  14. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Wow Andrew, that looks great!
  15. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    That is one truly OUSTANDING piece of work, Andrew! I hope I could someday do as well.
  16. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks for all the kind words everyone!

  17. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    Super Andrew, just super! :eek: :eek: :eek:
  18. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    That tower just looks like it wants to be placed near a track. Great job Andrew. :) :) :cool:
  19. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Excellent water tower, Andrew, and congratulations on a fine job.
    Regards \ Mike
  20. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Andrew, the materials do not matter. The final result is important. If you can do that with a paintbrush, who needs brass?
    Tractions and Models magazine used to have a motto "Scrounge". Seems you've learned.

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