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Super Detailing / Re: Make it Oily (O-Scale Machinery)
« on: Today at 10:16:43 AM »
Thanks, John!

HO is down the road, as it will require more fine-tuning to produce, but I do plan on attempting it at least!

Super Detailing / Make it Oily (O-Scale Machinery)
« on: Today at 09:24:45 AM »
Thanks to an amazing deal I scored for a number of SierraWest O-Scale kits, I've been toying around in the dark side recently. Don't worry, I'm staying firmly planted in HO (waaaay too much invested), but I'm enjoying dipping my toe in the larger scale now and then.

One of the many things that whisked me away with these particular kits are the details originally from CHB Models. Then a thought took over.

What if we could produce high-end, complex details like those from CHB on 3D printers? All you’d need to do is separate the parts with enough experience to know they would not only print well but also construct well. Not forgetting, of course, access to a talented 3D artist (not me!). Well, I had both, so I commissioned a friend to prototype, in 3D, the original Brown & Sharpe Universal Miller machine that CHB produced.

After a few short days of back and forth, sculpting and cutting, we landed here:

Detailed as this 3D model is, some parts are easier to source than print. Like feed belts and coolant pipes (paper and brass rod). We broke down the machine into almost 25 separate pieces and then I scaled the machine for O-Scale and printed it using my custom high-res print settings on my brand new Elegoo Saturn. Everything printed extremely well.

In the construction, tiny details like the handles were the difficult to deal with but not impossible. In O-Scale a single handle measures around 2mm. Whilst the resin was stable, working with these small details takes time and a magnifier — but it’s all about the details and things like this make the machine POP with life so they are worth the effort.

In painting, I used a machine-green base, dark silver highlights, silver leaf “Rub N’ Buff” on top of that, and then weathered with AK Interactive enamels and oils including Engine Grime, Engine Oil and Axle Grease.

Apart from the the hydraulic hose (wire cable), the coolant pipe (.015 brass rod), the over-arm (.072 brass rod) and the feed belt (brown construction paper) everything you see here was 3D printed. Essentially, the entire machine.

I know the paint job isn’t the best, but the quality of the machine speaks for itself. Even those tiny handles came out looking perfect.

I'm already producing more machinery and may make some of them available for a limited run, should there be any interest. Let me know below!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday - May 3, 2021
« on: May 03, 2021, 09:32:38 AM »
Morning all.

I spent about one hour at the workbench last week, and even less than that here on the forum. Which means last week was pretty unusual.
Work is still full-on, but I did put a new little project on the bench last night and will share soon.

Selling Kit... / For Sale: SRMW Kits
« on: April 30, 2021, 12:21:43 PM »
Hi all.

Always going to ask here before turning to eBay. Selling the following SRMW kits as I’m in need of making room!

The Sayles Mill
Whitinsville Spinning Ring
Thorndike Mill
Rugg Manufacturing
Whitney & Bent Furniture (may have two kits for sale)

May also be selling:

Blackstone Paper Mill
Millett Creamery

Asking for $450 per lovely red box, shipping for $5 to US address.


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday 30APR2021
« on: April 30, 2021, 10:49:03 AM »
Morning all.

It’s Friday. I need say no more!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday - April 29, 2021
« on: April 29, 2021, 10:36:43 AM »
Morning all.

Been out of the basement workshop for some days now. Will be getting back in there later today or tomorrow -- which will be most welcomed.

I haven't been completely idle though, I invested in SierraWest's O-scale Sawmill. Whilst I technically haven't tried O-scale, I actually cut my teeth in both the 1/35 military scale and 28mm wargaming scale, so this should be a nice return to where it all began for me (although I won't be making the kit for some time).

It's Thursday. I can smell the weekend!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: priming metal details....
« on: April 28, 2021, 08:27:13 PM »
Best way to combat this is simply avoid handling the casting at all. Use a painting stick, toothpick or even a piece of cardboard to hold your castings while you paint.

After it's all done, mist the castings with a flat varnish like Testor's Dullcote and then you can hand-ball the castings from there.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, April 26, 2021
« on: April 26, 2021, 01:13:37 PM »
Morning all.

Shot one is done. Won't be any bigger news than that for today.

Kit Building / Re: KC's Workshop - Linda's Luncheonette
« on: April 25, 2021, 08:36:19 AM »
I almost bought this when I bought Cameron Street Apts.

You did a great job with it, Bob. And another great write-up!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, April 25th
« on: April 25, 2021, 08:34:15 AM »
Morning all.

COVID test was negative. Thank the maker. Although, it’s left us scratching our heads as we had (still have) all of the symptoms. Odd.

Anyway, I’m finally getting some energy levels back to go back to the bench. Could be today, even.

Cold day today, but warm all week!

Seeking Kit... / Re: CHB Models
« on: April 24, 2021, 08:59:04 PM »
What a tease you are, Frank! Haha.

I have two of Western Scale Models, one of the lathes and wheel borer.

Please do let me know if anything changes — or if you want to sell just one or two.


Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: April 24, 2021, 03:43:21 PM »
Makes total sense now! Appreciate that wider view!

Also, are these the rock faces you prior mentioned to me?

Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: April 24, 2021, 02:47:41 PM »
What a great build! Love this model. Really nice job.

Only, I have to ask, where’s the marine? ;)

Seeking Kit... / CHB Models (SierraWest Machinery)
« on: April 24, 2021, 02:39:16 PM »
CHB Models made some excellent O-scale machine shop details like lathes, vertical drills, miller’s etc...

SierraWest bought the company some time ago and I know Brett has future plans for the lineup. For now, they are out of production.

In the meantime, figured I’d ask if anyone has any of these in their totes?

Layout Tours / Re: Backwoods NE in Florida
« on: April 24, 2021, 02:33:57 PM »
John, appears you are uploading in iPhone’s proprietary RAW format, HEIC.

Try converting to jpg and trying again. The forum will display thumbnails and preserve the file size that way.

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