Wheeler Machinery Co.

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by cnw1961, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. CAS

    CAS Member


    It's sad the skylights didn't work out for you. The work on the whole building is just outstanding. great job over all. The bricks really stand out.

  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I suspect the problem with the sky lights is that the prototype uses mostly glass with a light weight aluminum, steel, or wood frame. The mullions are probably less than 1 inch wide and the corners of the windows are probably made of a 1 x 1 angle. If you make one with the framing only 1/16 of an inch wide you have the equivalent of almost 6 scale inches. You think it will look ok, but when you put it on the model the proportion just doesn't look right.

    The model looks great just the way you built it, and a lot of the buildings in downtown L.A. do not have sky lights, so the sky lights are not missed.
  3. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Steve, Herc, Wayne, Cas, Russ, thank you all for your very kind comments. :wave:

    Russ, I think, you found the source of the problem. I managed to cut the mullions to 1/25", but it just did not look right.
  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    If you want to make a sky light for a future model, it might work to make the entire assembly out of clear styrene and then do the mullions and side frames with decal stripes or even decal stripes for the corner edges and thread for the mullions.
  5. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Russ, that’s a good idea. I’ll keep it in mind for my next attempt. Thank you.
  6. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

  7. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member


    Just now saw your progress and that is absolutely beautiful!
  8. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Miles, thank you for the link, even though I already know this site for quite a while. I already browsed through all the pages several times and found two structures that will definitely be on my layout: the Hass Barcuh Co. and the Anthony Macarony Company (I love that name :) ).

    Gary, thank you for your kind words.

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