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Kim-I'll say it again-WONDERFUL!!!

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Not practical for your line Woodie.

The brakes on your cars ain't that good!


Kim-

A great model of an unusual bridge--is it freelanced, or is there a prototype?

Lots of neat little details--the riveted over ends on the ladder rungs-

The oil leaking down the hydraulic cylinder-

the small piece of rope tied around the post-

A top rate job--can we see more of your work?


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Yer right Herbie. The MRy would only have a lift bridge over a dry wash to let the Chupacabra herds go through.

Kim-like before...now, do you have any more photos? (besides the ones on the other site)

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The bridge (and the photos) look great - the excellent reviews are well earned.

I suspect that you've probably built similar models before. 

I also get the impression that a lot of observation (and knowledge of prototypes) has gone into this model. 

In other words, I really like what I'm seeing - and I'm looking forward to any future postings.


All the best,

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Thanks everybody.


My hydraulic bridge is a static model even though I have given it a lot of thought about how to make it work.

The first change would to build it out of metal, styrene is just too fragile.

The power could be miniature hydraulics, chain or concealed electric motor.

This is my first bridge of this type, believe me I pulled it to pieces a few times but it worked out in the end.


It is based on the modern military hydraulic moveable bridges. The only reference I could find was an online modelling catalog.

The bridge will eventually be used on my modern industrial rail display.

This display is taking a long time really, I keep finding things that I want to model and they all have to have their place.


My time period is about 1973 onwards.

This world is hydraulics, containers, roller-doors, material handling machines.

This worlds materials are the marine salvage of the past.


I will post pictures as it evolves.

The size is 2 foot wide, 1 foot 6 inches deep and 1 foot 3 inches high.


Cheers Kim



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I don't have a lot of time this morning but later I will try to get all the photos into this single thread for Kim.

 







 


 

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thanks dave they look better as one thread

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Kim-the bridge obviously works! I thought you said it was static. Just because you need to "help" it with an "outside power source" don't mean it is a static model...Poseable? Operational? Manual? Those apply.

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hi yar woodie,sorry it manualy works yes.i find that stryine is just to fragile for regular operation.my plan is to take some pictures to illistrate its potential then use it in the closed position.i have been adding more detail this week.on the bar between the hydrolics i am installing a 6 volt work light[avalable from the 'model dockyard-uk']it is a modern pattern.also in the middle of the span i will put a red navagation light.the hollow tube of the hydrolic is handy to run power cables.
anyway cheers kim

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Howdy KIm-when I first built my rotary dumper, I also made it from styrene, but found out that it was way too flimsy to operate. I remade the cage from brass rail and square tubing soldered together and that has been in operation for a few years now. I know you can make the bridge work, and making it from brass, etc. would be a great excercise in metal fabrication. As it is, the bridge looks wonderfui, wunderbar!

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down under wrote: thanks dave they look better as one thread
cheers kim


No problem Kim.:Salute:

 

Sweet bridge by the way! :bg:

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Hi

The bridge is wonderful,have not seen earlier.Could you tell me how much it would be lift ?


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thanks very much  i am not a engineer so i dont have a clue as to how much it would lift,that is the joy of modelling to me that you can make something look convincing and that is that.as a gide think of the weight of a military tank.i was more concerned about the lift height and the clear span .these dimensions are,20 foot[6240mm]heigh by 16 foot wide[4800mm].i use a lot of scale compression to get large scale into a minium space.
anyway all the best kim

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hi all the 2 pictures that i posted are of the finished robert hudson narrow gauge turnout in code 83, 16.5 gauge.a brass ground throw that i frabricated workes mechanically.this activates a micro switch that changes the path
all the best kim






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Kim-

Glad to see someone hand laying switches!

Everyone thinks that it is difficult -

You did an outstanding job!

I moved your photos into this post.


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Kim those look terrific.

I really like your throws and mechanism, can we see the undersides by any chance?

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Masterful work, Kim. My poor old lokies wouldn't know how to act on such nice trackwork!

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thanks guys i have to admit that the switch was made by a gentleman in new zealand his name is paul woods.
all the rest is me,many years ago i was a signals freak-that is i made a lot of mechanical signaling in 1-32 scale .all those different cranks and wheels,i was lucky enough to get into a lot of signal boxes before they were demolished.now i look for any excuse to use them in narrow gauge.i will post a underside view and thanks for tidying up my post
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Very nice work Kim.  :pimp:

I always enjoy seeing others solutions for power routing.

I'll be sure to file this one away for future use! :2t:


I see you have posting photos to the forum down pat.

Now all you need to do, is add them in the same screen you do your reply's in, no need to start new threads with each set of photos. :!:

This way your posts are seamless, and it is easy for everyone to follow along. :thumb:

Did I mention I really like your throws?  :bg:  :2t:

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Dave D wrote: Very nice work Kim.  :pimp:

I always enjoy seeing others solutions for power routing.

I'll be sure to file this one away for future use! :2t:
Did I mention I really like your throws?  :bg:  :2t:

Same here - it's all excellent work.

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I'm curious about the groove lengthwise down the tie. Is that a feature particular to that area? If so, what is it for?

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morning how are you,yes the grooves.with this type of turnout the sleepers were usually pressed steel.we are trying with the model to copy this feature.
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Yes Kim, I love that ground throw also. I wish we had them in the US, of course, it's MY railroad!

BTW-I will send a photo of my turnout wiring..here it is.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

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i know woodie you use voodue that is you stick pins into pictures of diesel locoes.
but really i dont believe you dont have ground throws in the usa i can think of at least 6 different types world wide.some narrow gauge setups had 2 types in a small space.this does not include the ones that were made by the local fabricators
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We don't have that particular type of working model ground throw here in the US.

We usually have to cobble something together that works. The usual thing that HO modelers use just doesn't cut it for those of us modeling funky (or non-funky) narrow gauge steam. PCS has the brass throws but those won't really bend 'iron' and are mostly for decoration. They can be made to work but it requires work, hope, and prayer.

So the question is...where did you acquire that ground throw and linkage? 

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Yes Kim, we do have ground throws here but not that type. My ground throws are really just that...a DPDT switch buried in the ground with the toggle sticking up, a link to the turnout attached. Works great and holds the "bent iron" in place when thrown. Just to make sure the switch can't be used for power routing, I cut off the little solder tabs.....just to be safe.

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W C Greene wrote:  Just to make sure the switch can't be used for power routing, I cut off the little solder tabs.....just to be safe.

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LMAO!

You have to love a man who sticks solidly to his beliefs!  :Salute:  :)

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down under wrote: morning how are you,yes the grooves.with this type of turnout the sleepers were usually pressed steel.we are trying with the model to copy this feature.
cheers kim

Ok, that makes sense, the groove would resist bending, kind of like an industrial strength Lionel tie!

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morming here is another variety






this is a 2 leaver variety from a groung frame.a bit more complicated than the simple ground frame.this one usually had some form of a key to unlock it,this is in 1-1 scale.the key was obtaned from the signal box[switch tower] or was on the end of the safe working staff that was carried by the loco.
anyway the ground frame,i make all my signilling stuff either in nickel silver or brass,styrene is just not strong enough.seeing that the point blades are not spring loaded there is a piece of stryene that acts as a rubbing plate.the crank is a copy of a australian standard gauge variety more than likely of a english pattern[img]">.this is typical of narrow gauge with they use of secound hand equipment.
i have also included a photo of a very simple one that is used in a narrow gauge yard,if you look in the right hand corner you will see the throw over mechanism of another variety.i have used a combination of cranks wheels and weights in all my dioramas for years just remember to place the leavers where you can throw them.


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Here is the pic of the other variety's.


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I just came across this thread. Great job on the turnout and the linkage. The linkage is the thing that caught my attention. I have a spot for that sort of thing on an N scale layout I'm tinkering with as a break from my large scale narrow gauge stuff.
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thamks dave,i have no experience in n scale,all i have ever done is large scale
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hi everybody,

for a while now i have been building units that will eventually make up my new display come empire.here are two pictures of my latest effort.this is a old factory that will be in the left hand corner.this is where the track enters from the rest of the world[under back]the size is 15 inches [375mm]heigh by 10 inches[250mm]wide by 9inches[225mm]deep.there ill be another track at the heighr level coming out of the roller door.i have started weathering it an also the detail is being built up.the right hand side will be a complete contrast.

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Interesting structure!!


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Kim is ALWAYS building something neat. Very nice structure, I can't wait to see it installed in a scene.

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good afternoon all.
the structure is my take on a old power station here in sydney 1930 vintage.these old power stations are huge and white bay power station is just that.built by the railways to supply power to the surban electrics it has not been used for 20 years.it is slowly rusting away awating its fate.once a year it is open to the public and the crush is growing.
as a scratch building project it is a challenge.huge steel lintels stairs everywear corrigated iron  mysterious spaces and pipes
my take is of the area that they used to unload coal wagons and then use conveyor belts to take the coal to the coal  crushers or course it is scaled down.if you want to see what the real thing looks like search -white bay power station.
i feel happy that at last i can move on.i have built 3 versions of this damm power sation over the last 15 months.there is still a bit of repetive building left then fresh air.
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G'day Kim,
An interesting looking piece...very typical of the unique nature of the subjects I've come to expect (and look forward too) from you. If it turns out anything like the creative effort that the "Boneyard" was, I'm sure it will be a pleasure to view. Any goals for when this display will be ready for show (assuming it is for public exhibition eventually that is).

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hi dan i figure this display will take another 17 months to finish,my goal is to take it to the sydney show in october 2012.the trouble with a deadline is just that.i really like taking my own sweet time.anyway i will post construction as i go along.
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Thanks Kim.
I've sent you a PM.

Cheers,
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Really great looking. I like the roll-up door. Will be staying tuned for progress shots.

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hi thanks for your interest,ah the roller door for a whie there i become a expert on there instillation.this model form is made with silver paper roofing material.since that photo the orange safety stripes have been painted over and a operating chain added.
looking at those photoes again the scene is changing.my hydrolic rail bridge will be added plus a travelling crane plus, plus
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good morning 

i have been busy lately steel fixing, laying the wooden whalf area, pulling cables and putting the airbrush to gooduse'here are 4 images of the 4 sides of the growing model.this is as big as this section will become now fr the details


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Kim-I LOVE IT...please send it to me!

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hi woodie yes you are right nice and chunky,you can get your hand right in there.believe me i am also loving it.i dont know if you get a tv show in the states called man verses wild ,it is basically about a ex british special force soldier who is droped into the  wildernesses around the world with just a knife and has to survive for a week.
last week for a change he was droped into a urban wilderness.the urban wildeness was a abandoned ship yard in poland on the boltic sea.this place was huge with 100 foot drops inside the boiler houses.to me this was eye candy with every shot loaded with modelling idears.
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hi all

in the last 2 months i have been busy getting my module together.this is the finished size and the basic layout.one side is the old factory the other is the jungle with a caravan on a barge silted into the bank.the travelling crane will be extended into the wrecking lagoon over one last barge that has not been built yet.this will have as a cargo a detail of a old boat maybe a battleship.the back drop is in place as is the funnel under the travelling crane.the little simplex loco is from scalelink a lovely pewter kit i have modified it to take kadee couplers.there is much work to do but hey it is all good fun


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WOW!. Looks real good at this stage!.

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I'll second that!

I like the trailer (caravan down under, I think)


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thanks guys,the only trouble is that it is becoming fragile.i have to now start finishing it from the back.only lately i have put in another acess point from under the back of the factory.the colour of the wrecking lagoon water is mud.
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You have been busy, great scene coming together.

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Ahh Kim,
It makes me laugh everytime (in a good way). Its certainly a signiature style, and I love it. I think its always been your use of colour that makes me feel good about your modelling. Cool little scene, plenty of corners and nooks to get carried away with in the detailing. Always going to find a few spare hours to browse over the scene when its done (despite the small footprint). Thanks for the updates.

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hi dan i cant help it i feel that in the past i have used too much colour ,there was a stage that i was using pure water based designer colours,great range but bright.
a while ago i got a cheap air compressior from ebay and a good quality top feed air brush to knock the top of the colour-i like it.
i use nearly early all water based paints and for the washes either water colours or artist oil paints.for textures oil based pastels that have been turned to dust by rubbing over sand paper then stippled .
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Kim-you need to take a break...so, send this to me for a while and then you can have a vacation to come get it back!
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no worries woodie.funny i have just come back from a vacation in the wilds of far north australia.travelling back to north americ is something also on my wish list.
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Kim-OZ is on my wish list...the problem is that if I get there, I probably would stay!

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hi all 

this is seems to be a good day to catch up,a very wet lazy day here in sydney.
in the last 2 months i have been developing the scene further,muddy water and the track which is all working .my project at the moment is the item that will go under the travelling crane.anyway check out the photoes


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Kim-this looks incredible! How about some more photos, and one of the young lady down by the water..
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hi woodie the module is a lot of fun the track is finished are now slowly building up the scene 3 scenes at is.left middle and right.my latest project is the item under the travelling crane.anyway here is a snap of uncle bill and the back of the middle scene.
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Hi all it has been a while but i have been busy on my module.

We have cracked a bottle of organic booze and named the baby.

The Blue Top Salvage Company by Kim Marsh.

Much changes and fiddling, generally lots of fun I will let the photos do the talking.

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all the views of this are so inspirational.

Bravo, Kim!

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Wow, old thread but indeed great work! So many details.

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Awesome work can't believe I missed this thread

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a more recent endeavor:  http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=2839.0
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Hi, all how are you all and the best of the season from Sydney.

Yes, I am still modelling big time and enjoying 1:35n9

I was amazed that my model Blue Top Salvage is still featured on the forums.

I build very small travelling displays these days 90 percent scratchbuilt.

My latest model South Creek, has just recently travelled with me from Sydney to London as hand luggage, no worries.

I don't really like facebook, but it is really easy to post photos, so if you want to see all my latest efforts, find me Kim Marsh, on FB.

I live in Sydney Australia, my plans are to travel to the US soon with South Creek.

See you then.

cheers kim



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