Let's build some chemical storage tanks...

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by EngineerKyle, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Hi All,

    This looks like a good place for some chemical storage tanks.


    I've had the Cornerstone Piping and the CV Stairs and Ladders Kits for a long time, and I think I can finally put them to good use on these cardboard tubes.

    Now that I have a good looking place for the tanks, I will proceed to cover them. THE best scratch build material I have ever found are these cardboard tubes that are used to pack narrow fluorescent light bulbs. The corrugating is much finer than regular cardboard.


    Here I've cut up this material into strips so I can glue it to the tank foundations.

    As always, suggestions welcome...

  2. nolatron

    nolatron Member

    I have plans for a refinery plant in my next layout, so I'm anxious to see the progression of these. :)
  3. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

    One little suggestion can you use white script and not black, its hard to see with old eyes.

  4. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Thanks for your interest Nolatron,

    Jasbourre, I'm sorry about the text...maybe it's the background, but the white text is MUCH harder for me to read? Maybe bold...


    The roof material will be this silvery cardboard I found in the back of an art supply room. If I don't like it, I'll paint/texture it.


    Here goes the siding. I softened it up a bit with alcohol before sticking it on. I don't really know if I'm gonna like the silvery roofs. Prototypical? Silver will bring out the piping which I plan to install on the tops, that's for sure.


    Next, I need to mix up some of Kyle's Mud(TM) lol, for the base....

  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    This looks like it's going to be interesting. I'm in need of some storage tanks and this should fit the bill. A great tutorial, can't wait for the next installment.:thumb:
  6. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Looking forward to see the rest of it. You made a very promising start :thumb: .
  7. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    I cut a template out of a paper bag, then transferred the shape to gatorboard.


    The silver will tone down nicely with a dusting of flat white spray paint.


    I am careful to get the storage tank perfectly in line and centered. The tubes were not cut very even originally. To insure they will all be the same height and level, I thought I would "plant" them in asphalt.


    A mix of spackle, black tempra powder and water makes nice asphalt.




    Plenty of weight will insure this module drys flat and level. Time to let this sit until tomorrow.


    Engineer Kyle
  8. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW, those look GREAT, That looks simple enough to do, maybe I will try it for my tanks for my refinery.

    BTW, that is a neat idea for asphalt mix, I will have to try that one.
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


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  10. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member


    I've added quite a lot of detail. The Cornerstone piping kit was fussy to work with at first.


    The pipings are glued together as units, but not glued to the tanks yet. This so I can pull them off and paint them easily. Same for the walkways. I really need some suggestions on colors. I think I want contrast between the pipes and the roof... and the catwalks should match the roof, maybe?

    I imagine the pipes white and the roof black? Much of my layout is drab, maybe it's time to do a little industrial aqua or something?


    I think I'll call this pic "Weird Science"
  11. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    That's great!!!
  12. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Those look beter and beter every time. I like how you capped the 2 center pipes off in the first pic. GREAT job Kyle and keep it up :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Wow...sweet:thumb: Love that knot of piping...
  14. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    White for the pipes and roof...with a heavy dusting of whatever your base earth color is...depending on what's in the tanks, white is reflective of heat to keep whatever it is cool. Silver is nice, however, in that it stands out. I'd dull it on top, though, to simulate the buildup of water and dust and the effects of the sun.

    Looks great...I like the use of spackle. What's really nice about it is the color when wet is the color when dry, at least when I mix in cheap 2 oz. Delta acrylic paints.

  15. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Wow! All of that piping really makes the model! Defintely worth the "fussy" work! :)
  16. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member


    I like what you said about color, Ocla...

    I've taken the details of and painted them, Almost done...

  17. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Those look great! :thumb:
    The details everyone goes into on this stuff just amazes me at times.
  18. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    And here is the finished product;

    Thanks for taking a peek, and Merry Christmas!



  19. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW, they look AWSOME all done up. I like that yellow and red. It makes it stand out. GREAT job:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    BTW, thats a nice spot for em too!!
  20. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    The warning signs on the structural supports really make it life-like and add that perfect touch of realism. Overall a neat, eye catching scene. Great work, and thanks for sharing!


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