Saturday, December 14, 2013

First Dickey Structure | 6 Comments - Click Here :

    Alright... so it's not really a structure per-say, but it did take only 30 minutes of work!

    I was at the local antique mall last week and came across a box full of of old HO junk. You know... the kind of stuff we all remember building in our youth. In it, I found the remains of a built-up HO water tank. I had been thinking of using a roof from one of these as the basis for the well/cistern located behind the pump house. Its going to sit along the rear of the layout, so it doesn't have to be super detailed. I whipped out my handy dandy scale ruler mobile app for my iPhone; and viola, it measured 12' in diameter in S scale; the exact size of the Dickey well. Although over-priced, I ponied up the $3.

    One man's trash is another man's treasure. I cut it down, framed the edges, painted the roof, and wrapped it with a couple rows of random stone from Chooch.


 I then cut a hole in the foam surface and inserted the new cistern into its location behind the pump house. A little ground cover and it will blend right in.

Well... that was way too easy. Everything else on the layout now needs to be scratch-built. I can't wait!
~ Cowboy Up!
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  1. Looks pretty darn good sitting there, nothing like a 30 minute project to get the juices flowing again.

  2. Nice! Gotta love that Chooch stone.

    Keith Hayes
    Leadville in Sn3

    1. Thanks for setting me up Keith. I'm excited to try it for the pump house.
      When is the next operating session?

  3. Great project Darel. I'm looking forward to more structures sprouting up on your layout!

    I've been working on SUF Refers myself. I have 10 OMI kits and kinda have them all going at once. These will all be Pre 1912, 500 series cars. No kit, in any scale, is correct because no kit includes the underframe sheathing. I have scads of Delrin ladder sets if anyone needs any since pre 1919 cars used grab irons. And I'm still not certain about the roof hatch tails. They are not shown in the drawings dated 1909. I've also invested quite a bit of time in fitting and installing Code 88 NWSL wheel sets and making them roll free.

    It's been fun doing some actual modeling. I play with other people's stuff all the time but it ain't the same.

    So. Nice job on the cistern.

    1. Thanks Derrell. I wish I could get as excited as you about building 10 refers at the same time!