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Great job!

Thanks Gramps.
Steamfan77;

Your ironworks structure looks great! Nice job of weathering too.:appl: I'm a bit jealous of your large space! California homes don't have basements. Of course, you need the room for your larger scale trains. My wife and I went to see a beautiful O-gage three rail layout in downtown San Diego's "Old Town" district yesterday. Sadly, it's very likely to be torn down in a week, since they can't find a full time operator for the layout and store. The attendant said 80% of the track, structures, etc. has already been sold off.
I'm glad I got to see it, but sad that I won't be able to show it to my four-year-old grandson, who's already nuts about trains. The layout will be gone before his Christmas time visit.

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Steamfan77;

Your ironworks structure looks great! Nice job of weathering too.:appl: I'm a bit jealous of your large space! California homes don't have basements. Of course, you need the room for your larger scale trains. My wife and I went to see a beautiful O-gage three rail layout in downtown San Diego's "Old Town" district yesterday. Sadly, it's very likely to be torn down in a week, since they can't find a full time operator for the layout and store. The attendant said 80% of the track, structures, etc. has already been sold off.
I'm glad I got to see it, but sad that I won't be able to show it to my four-year-old grandson, who's already nuts about trains. The layout will be gone before his Christmas time visit.

Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:
That's too bad, I saw it two years ago and it was just fantastic.
 

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Another nice structure!

Steamfan77;

Your latest project the corrugated industry building looks like another very nice structure for your layout. If you keep on making these "giant" (O-scale) buildings, aren't you going to run out of places to put them? :laugh: Well this N-scaler can't kid you too much as I have the same problem in a much smaller scale, but in a much smaller space. California homes seldom have basements. :(

I have also built structures simply because they looked like neat construction projects, without having a clue where I was going to install them on my small layout.
Case in point is "Molly Maguire's coal dealership." The unloading trestle is shown below, along with Molly's office shed. Well I found a home for it. Then I discovered that the siding feeding into the trestle was substantially lower than the trestle. :eek:
Since I couldn't raise the track, without creating a very steep grade, I decided to lower the trestle.
Well I had scratchbuilt that trestle with tiny bits of basswood, quite a few years ago. Now, at 71, I don't know how I ever built the little thing in the first place! :dunno:
When I tried to cut the bents down to fit their new-found home, they came apart! I would re-glue one joint, only to have two others come apart. This delicate wooden affair simply couldn't handle, well, being handled. :mad:
Since the location I found was right along the front edge of my layout, I decided I needed a stronger trestle. So now I'm scratchbuilding a new "wooden" trestle from brass, soldered together. That should make it all but indestructible! ;) The little office building already is indestructible since it's made of PC board soldered together.

One thing I noticed about your cardboard structure is that it doesn't appear to have any inside framing. I don't mean full-on duplication of the frame of a real building, but I would think a piece of 1/4" square basswood, glued inside each corner, would be a wise thing to add, since it would reenforce the weakest spots. I also like to add internal reinforcement along walls. With cardboard walls, your structure might be subject to warping from moisture, over time.

Another thing that caught my eye was the "cardboard that looks like corrugated metal." Well it does, in O-scale, but it also looks about the same size, and texture, of ordinary box cardboard, with the outer layer of paper removed. If you've ever torn open a cardboard carton and had one of the flaps come apart, you may have seen the corrugations I'm talking about. Technically, "cardboard" boxes aren't really cardboard at all. Actual cardboard is the thin stuff you find when you unwrap a new shirt. The box is made of a material called "reinforced corrugated fibreboard." The point is that should you want to build another "corrugated metal" structure, you might be able to save the price of a kit, and scratchbuild one from a cardboard box.

In any case, it looks like you're on your way to another fine looking structure.

regards;

Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:

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Thanks for your reply Traction Fan. Your suggestions make sense especially since I’ve never done any of this before. This being my first layout. I did want to point out though that the black pieces you see inside are very rigid. That is what will keep the structure true. I went with the kit this time, but I might do as you suggest and rip a cardboard box apart! I do keep the humidity down in the summer months. That way there isn’t too much movement. I like your trestle and building. I could never do such detailed work. My hands won’t cooperate.
Thanks Gramps!

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Next up is my first plaster kit. It was interesting working with this and as careful as I was, I did crack one of the walls, but it gives it character :D. In the last few pictures I adjusted the color a bit to make it closer to the real thing.

Andy

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"...This being my first layout."

That's incredible, your work looks like you have been doing this for years.
 

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Thanks Gramps! I had a figure eight in HO when I was a kid, but that was only some track on plywood. This is my first full blown layout with scenery and buildings. I’m making this stuff up as I go along! I got into O scale from a suggestion my wife made. We were in a hobby shop and we saw the Long Island Worlds Fair passenger cars. She brought me over to them and said “you have to get these, they’re really cool”. She’s the smartest woman I know! I had a ceiling layout at first, but then the fever took hold, and it snowballed into this.

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Here are is the ceiling layout I had with the Long Island Worlds Fair passenger cars I mentioned. I suspended the track from the ceiling with wooden nuts and bolts I made with a router. The layout was fun but made me realize I wanted to go bigger.

Andy

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