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    Default Watertank, Watertower and a ladder

    hi all,
    the ladder almost did drive me crazy...The other stuff were not to hard to build!
    you can see a purchased plastic ladder (the red one) and my scratchbuilt.
    The watertank is made out of a capsule which consists of two parts. Then I gave it a good weathering.



















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    Nice stuff.

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    Nice stuff.

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    Fantastic work Paul
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    Paul has the patience of Job. That ladder looks like a PITA.

    I recently did some stairs and was ready to throw the damn things in the trash although I persevered.

    Nice touch Paul. the details are amazing. I can't wait to see the town installed on the Canyon layout.

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    Ladders are an absolute pain to construct aren't they?

    By way of assistance, and for future reference, might I suggest that you give thought to using ladders made from off-cuts from signs made from the product (apparently) known in the US as 'Coroplast' (although it may also be available under other names)?

    I use this material (obtained for free from real estate agents) exclusively, and have written about it in the thread titled titled 'realistic ladder' (use the 'Search' button to find it). Hopefully it might make things easier for you in the future.

    It certainly beats having to build the things yourself - or paying high prices for something similar from a dealer or LHS.
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    Some 24 gage wire will make nice round rungs for a wooden ladder.

    If you make the sides of the ladder out of a soft wood such as balsa, you can just stick the wire rungs into the sides without glueing them.

    When you paint the ladder, the paint will hold it all together.
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    Have fun.

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    hi all and thanks for the very nice feedback! Ladders are an absolute pain to construct aren't they? it was not too hard but very fiddly Komata! Thanks for the "realistic ladder" link I will have a look later! thank you for the different tips!

    Thanks for the tip Moose, will try it if I need moore ladders!


    cheers, Paul

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    Nice work!

    That tank made from the capsule looks like it could use some rivets from Archer Decals. They would definitely take it back to the steam era.
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    thanks for the nice comment Chicago:-) I´m afraid but a decal would surely not hold on the rusty surface I have some real brass nails that could look like rivets, I´ll give it a try!
    here you can se an N-scale nail:

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    All I can say is, WOW! Those are some really small nails! Nice work, thanks for sharing...
    N-joy!
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    Thanky Tred, glad you like it! The nails aro only visible with a good magnifier!

    cheers, Paul

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    How do you even install n scale nails?! Man those are tiny. I am envious of your water tank. I have many of those to build and I have a feeling they will not come out anywhere near that good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    How do you even install n scale nails?! Man those are tiny. I am envious of your water tank. I have many of those to build and I have a feeling they will not come out anywhere near that good.
    Hi Falter,
    thanks for your very nice comment, glad you like my stuff! Well the tiny nails I install them with a head magnifier and of course I nee a squeezer! Do you have photos of your water tanks?

    cheers, paul

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    Tweezers are nice for some small stuff but I find that forceps really grab. They hold a lot like a pair of vise-grips. They are really handy for many jobs on a traction layout. I find both curved and straight handy.

    Are those brass nails?
    Getting some might make building my trolley poles easier. If the heads are large enough, it would remove one solder on a moving part. They also may be useful for making other small parts.
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    Hi Chicago,
    of c ourse I use forceps, that was a wrong expression when I said tweezers! (remember, my mother tongue is German!)
    Yes, that are real brass nails! The size is microscopic and you need a very strong magnifier!

    cheers, Paul

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    No problem. Lots of times, even native speakers don't use the right word. You type so well, I didn't notice English was a second language.

    I'm trying to find ways to build less bulky working trolley poles. Smaller than this…

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    Hi Chicago,
    thanks for the nice compliment concerning my english Hm...Less bulky, well I would say why don´t try with very fine steel-wire? That should work and if you choose for example 0,01968 inch wire that would surely look much better!

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack43 View Post
    Hi Falter,
    thanks for your very nice comment, glad you like my stuff! Well the tiny nails I install them with a head magnifier and of course I nee a squeezer! Do you have photos of your water tanks?

    cheers, paul
    I haven't actually built any non-enclosed ones yet. Most tanks on my line were enclosed, heated tanks. I have a thread here showing my Brookmere water tower build. But I do have at least two non enclosed tanks to build. I don't know why but rounded objects scare me. And I'm not sure if I should attempt it properly in wood for the tank itself or go styrene.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    I haven't actually built any non-enclosed ones yet. Most tanks on my line were enclosed, heated tanks. I have a thread here showing my Brookmere water tower build. But I do have at least two non enclosed tanks to build. I don't know why but rounded objects scare me. And I'm not sure if I should attempt it properly in wood for the tank itself or go styrene.
    Hi Falter,
    did you finish your water tower by now? For rounded objects you could try to use roundwood with the adequate diameter! Personally I do nort really like to work with styrene, I preferre by far wood!

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    Paul
    how I do round water tanks they are easy but yours does look great
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