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    Default Ladder for cement silo

    I’m looking for a ladder to put on my silo. The one that came with it was really flimsy and just fell apart wit the slightest touch.
    I know Shapeways makes an”caged” version but I want one without the cage.
    Anybody know of one or something to use to scratch build it.

    Looks like this:
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    See the following under Ngineering Ladders, Step Ladders and Scaffolds
    http://fiferhobbysu770.corecommerce....detail&p=14917

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    There is also Gold Medal Models: (These are wonderful)

    https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/gold...00-scale-feet/

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    Wolf
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    FWIW: Have you considered using Coreflute and literally 'Cutting your own'? The stuff is used to produce light, cheap signage and considts of a series of layers placed one on top of each other then welded / fused together to produce a lightweight panel.

    Due to the method of construction, when viewed end on, the panels look very 'ladder-ish' - something I discovered many years ago (Before MR Mag ran an article about it )

    By cutting the end of the panel, using a craft knife, a straight-edge and a bit of care, the results can be quite realistic, with the qualification that if you aren't careful the 'ladder' can distort!!

    I've posted a pic below to show what can be done (complete with distortion unfortunately)




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    Some zip ties are also made of a ladder looking material
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    Quote Originally Posted by Komata View Post
    Have you considered using Coreflute and literally 'Cutting your own'?
    Thanks but no,, I have mentioned in another or my layout thread that I’m not getting any younger and way to many things to do to get this layout of mine somewhat near finished. I’ve been battling some medical issues which has slowed me way down these last 2 years. Getting better now so maybe I can pick it up.
    Anyway so if I can find ways to cut corners I’m all in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranulf View Post
    Some zip ties are also made of a ladder looking material
    Now we’re talking,, I think I may have some of those and if not I’m sure I can find one.
    Thanks.

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    My personal experience with those uncovered ladders on silos was not very pleasant. IIRC they weren't much more than rebar stuck in the cement side of the silo. I would expect your typical loco hand ladder rungs would work if you had the time, patience and steadiness of hand.

    When I was a teenager I helped a buddy uncap a silo by throwing the bad silage down the covered tube. No one was at the bottom pulling it away so there ended up several feet of the stuff in the tube. We had to climb down the uncovered ladder to get to the bottom and clean out our mess. Swinging your legs over the top of a wall 50+ ft in the air and hoping you can find the ladder rungs on the other side take a lot of guts. If I hadn't of been so concentrated on holding on for dear life I would of lost my guts.

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    I tried the zip tie method of building a latter and was deeply unsatisfied with the look. Never did put it on the layout.
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