mini camera rotary snow plow

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Bill Pontin, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    About a week ago I responded to a post about making a car to hold a mini camera. When scratch building, I like most of us, could not leave well enough alone. This front end, to house the camera, looked too much like a rotary snow plow.

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  2. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Still working on it, but here it so far. Still have to make a roof for the plow crew.

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  3. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Managed to squeeze everything into my version of an "N" scale rotary snow plow.

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  4. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    The car is jointed or articulated so that I can swivel the camera. Not prototypical but it works great.

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  5. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Ruined a number of styrene pieces trying to get a curved roof. Found an easy solution by sectioning a piece of 1 1/2 inch PCV pipe. I heated the .04" styrene with the wife's embossing heat gun. (shhhh, not suppose to touch her stamping stuff) When the plastic softened I then formed the curve with a section of 1" pvc.

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  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    That is too cool Bill!
  7. hswn

    hswn Member

    Now you just need a snow storm. Looks great.
    Thanks for the idea of using the two pieces of pipe as a mold this will no dobt come in handy, I'm thinking caboose roof. However I'll have to use the B&D heat gun, I'm not married, I have to provide my own tools.
  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Whoaaaaaaa :thumb: :thumb:
  9. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Awesome modeling Bill! :) How do you get it thru tunnels with that antenna?
  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thats a neat idea to use the rotary snow plow to hold the cam Bill. Nicely done.
  11. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Tyson the last thing I will do is bend the antenna back about 45 degrees. It will still hit tunnel portals but should bend or flex to clear. The one I saw being demonstrated at a show was going through tunnels and under an overhead signal the antenna was just pushed down further. In either case, my module is the only one in the club that has several tunnels and those can be avoided by staying off my blue line.
    Added a little more detail while watching TV tonight.

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  12. rcline

    rcline Member

    Bill, I tip my hat to you!!!!! That is some very nice custom work there !
    Maybe with luck, some day, I'll be that good.
  13. capt_turk

    capt_turk Member

    You could always make the antenna look like the power pickup to an overhead wire. Don't know if any snowplows were electric powered, but it's a thought.
  14. sams

    sams Member

    :thumb: now that is a cool idea!:thumb:
  15. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I curl mine back 'til it's just above the roofline by an inch. It still catches low scenery, with a special appetite for signal towers but it works well and doesn't affect the reception.

    Gotta see that thing painted and weathered...too cool :thumb: :thumb:
  16. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member


    #1- WOW!

    That's freakin' kewl!

    #2- Thanks for helping me with how to create new roofs for my passenger cars.

    Mark- an avid NYC fan!!!
  17. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Mark, when forming the curved roofs, heat the styrene in the sectioned PVC. When it starts to sag slightly press it down to form the curve with the smaller piece of PVC. Took a little practice to evenly heat the styrene, it seems to reach the softening state slowly and if you go too far with the heat it will deform. Good Luck. :)
  18. Kim Paynter

    Kim Paynter New Member

    Very nice work there Bill and quite clever how you concealed things. I like Randy also hope to one day have all these skills aswell. The more I get into this hobby the more I am amazed with the constructive ideas some people have.

    And Brady you don't know what your missing by not haveing a wife to borrow tools from. Mine has a vast resource of implements from glue guns to tweezers and I must say the most useful of all was her reading glasses.
  19. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Bill, the model looks great! :thumb: :thumb: The only drawback is if you were modeling the deep south, the southwest or some part of the country that doesn't get much snow (although as I think about it that leaves most of the the country as well as Canada. :D Won't even get into the rest of the world :D ) As I said before, great modeling and imagination,. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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