Quinn Ball Bearing

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Gary Pfeil, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    Ha Pat, Tie plates go between the rail and ties, they hold the spikes and distribute the load so the rail won't "dig" into the tie.
  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Wow Gary - that bank of windows looks so impressive! This structure is a work of art!!

    I went back through the thread to find out where you got the bricks above the windows and found you made them yourself. :thumb: I'm thinking of doing the same thing down the road a bit, and was wondering if you have any photos of your process?

    Can't wait to see this building completed. Awesome work!!!

  3. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Thanks folks.

    Belg, Scott already answered, tie plates help the spikes hold rail to the ties. If I get lucky I'll be able to take some nice close up photos of the loading dock area when I'm done. The photo etched plates came with very tiny scale spikes. I hope my end result will look like real track but we'll see.

    Val, The only photos I took were the ones I posted of the castings. I went downstairs and found the mold, I have already disassembled the master. Here is a photo of the mold, with the master for the arches. I made the master for the row of bricks by cutting a lot of pieces from strip styrene with a chopper, then glued them to another strip of styrene, which was glued to a flat piece of styrene sheet, just like the arch master. I spaced them with strip wood which wouldn't get glued in the process. It was about 7" long. Then I was able to just pour as many copies as I needed. Just make a dam, I used 1/4" square styrene strip, to hold the liquid latex mold material. Obvious in the photo.

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  4. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    This is the product I used to make the molds.

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  5. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    And this is the companion product which makes the castings.

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  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Check their website at www.smooth-on.com Since I was downstairs to take these shots, I looked around for something else to shoot without setting up lights. Here is my NYC L2a, patiently waiting for Soundtraxx to release their Tsunami decoder. This is my favorite NYC steam loco. Completely off topic, but who cares?

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  7. petepuma

    petepuma Member


    A total thing of beauty...
  8. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Second that - WOW!!!!!!

    Thanks for the how-to Gary. :thumb:

  9. belg

    belg Member

    Gary that loco is absolutely spectacular,is it brass?
  10. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Yes Belg, it's brass. It took me a couple years to finally win one on ebay. I believe there were only 50 pcs. made, and they don't appear often. The first two I bid on wound up going for well over what I wanted to spend, I finally got lucky.
  11. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Gary, you are welcome anytime for posting such off-topic pictures! :D :D :D

    Oh man, she's a real beauty! :thumb:

  12. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Hey Gary, you goin' to paint that one yourself, or are we going to see another of Blake's superb paint jobs? Either way, I can't wait to see her in paint, and workin'.
  13. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Pete, Surely you jest! After I install the sound and I'm happy with the way it runs, Blake will paint it. I want cam activated chuff and want to see if I'll need to add pickups before it gets painted. It runs nicely now, but I want to see if the sound drops out at turnouts, etc. before proceeding. Where are those Tsunami's?

  14. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Gary your building is turning into a real work of art! Nice loco also. :)
  15. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Thanks Tyson. I went to paint the truck dock last night, my Depot Buff had dried up, so I looked thru my paints and decided to lighten up some Signal Yellow with white. I wasn't thrilled but also wasn't sure so asked my wife what she thought. Too pretty she said. So I'm heading to the LHS at lunchtime. Anyone want to suggest a color? I'm not set on anything right now. figure I'll just take a look see at the store. I'm open for suggestions.
  16. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    If its supposed to be concrete I just paint it a light grey then dirty it up with some chalks.
  17. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Hi Tyson, No I was talking about the board and batten part. Just got back from the store, decided on a light green, Weyherhouser or some such. Ought to look good with the dark green doors. Wish I could go home now and paint it!
  18. revandy

    revandy Member

    Thanks for the education, I have learned more in the last 45 minutes of examining this thread. The tip of the hat to you, sir!
    Rev. Andy
  19. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Beside the dark red brick color a green-green wooden shed could be very attractive. I would tone the green down a bit with a light inkaholic wash, so that it doesn't turn out too gaudy or even... *cute*! :eek: :D

    However, since the whole ball bearing plant looks very well-kept, I would keep the weathering very, very light.

    Surely Mr. Quinn wouldn't approve to be the owner of a run-down, shabby factory. After all, he wants to be proud of his prosperous plant, doesn't he? :)

    Congratulations for your fantastic model, Gary. It keeps getting better and better! :thumb: :cool:

  20. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Yes, I was jesting. If I had access to a painter as good as Blake is, I'd probably sell my air brush. Then again, I also know you are very capable of producing an excellent paint job, remember, I've seen your work. :thumb:
    Where are those tsunamis? you ask?.......I think, since that small ripple in the Indian Ocean, Soundtrax might be looking for a new product name! :D :D

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