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Topic: O-scale welding and machine shop
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posted on Oct 14, 2014 08:34 AM:
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The last couple of years I have been making model buildings for a future O-scale train layout.
For the most part, I haven't been finishing the inside of these buildings and have the windows frosted over.
My reasoning for this is that the train tracks will be mostly at the front of the layout and the buildings will be set farther back where it isn't easy to see inside them.
This also makes each building cheaper to build so I can afford to make more buildings.

Packed away in my train stuff, I have some O-scale lathes, mills, grinders, drill presses and other machine shop equipment.
So I'm going to build a machine shop and have the doors open and the windows clear so the interior shows.
This machine shop will be mounted somewhere at the front of the layout so it will be easy to see inside it.

I want something a little different from the normal square cornered building so this one is going to have the office area come off at an angle from the front of the building.
I'll mount it an area where the track curves away from the road so the side of the building will be parallel with the tracks and the office will be square with the road.

Here is the main structure for the machine shop.

The main part of the building will have a round roof on it.
A piece of paneling is glued to the supports to form the shape of the roof section.

Here is how it looks when set in place on the building.

The roof section over the crane area is done in corrugated metal and the rest of the roof is done in tar and membrane roofing.
With an old building like this it has had several roof repairs over the years.
The loading dock if finished with a poured concrete base and a painted platform.

The office extends out from the corner.

These are the parts for the concrete base on the I-beam support.
The square blocks are cut out so the upright I-beam support post can fit into them.
The square blocks will fit into the oval base ( one of the holes has been cut out for the block ).

The upright I-beam support is built.
With the support in place on the concrete pad outside the big door, the end of the I-beam for the hoist is fastened to the support.
Extra bracing is added to the top of the I-beam.

The two sliding doors for this opening have been notched out at the top so they fit around the I-beam when they are closed.

Making the parts for the chain hoist.

The parts are then fit together.

The chain hoist is all painted and mounted.

Here is the finished building.



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posted on Oct 15, 2014 05:46 PM:
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Wow! Did you scribe the I-Beam cut-outs by hand?


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posted on Oct 15, 2014 10:56 PM:
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Yes I did, John.
Each block is made up of two pieces.
1/2 of the I-beam is cut into the side of each block and then the two half's are glued together to make a square block.


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posted on Oct 16, 2014 07:22 PM:
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Very clever. The whole thing sure came out great, as your models always do.

Thanks for sharing!


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posted on Dec 16, 2014 03:59 PM:
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Did you use brick paper for the siding? If so is it printed on your printer or a commercial product?

A very convincing building. Looks terrific and I have just the spot for it! Russ


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