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Grain elevator Sss
« on: October 04, 2013, 10:59:34 AM »

Here is a set of sketches that can be used to scratch build a modified version of Walthers “Silex grain elevator”. Scaling from the ad photo was a little tricky, but was made easier with a given footprint. I coudn’t see the back sides, so I did what looked prototypical. Evergreen’s corrugated metal siding gives it that galvanized steel look, with the right paint, but they also look good with some rusty weathering. Evergreen’s angle trim allows for butt joint construction, which also makes it easier.

Materials are .015, .030, and .040 styrene. Trim is made from angle (see sketches). Door and window openings are sized for Rich’s (Rslaserkits), but you can adjust openings for your own. Window material is easily cut from clear blister pack plastic. Doors are .040 scraps painted to look like metal doors, but you can make wood ones. Loading tube is a short length of 1/16 aluminum tubing. Paint parts before assembly, except where the edges glue to other parts. Glue doors, windows and frames into walls before assembly also.

The building directions are in the sketches, and to make your build easier you can enlarge them to full size and print them out. Some may feel there are too many assembly sketches, but I’ve always preferred to avoid guesswork.

Included sketches are: Overviews, Part templates, Assembly sketches, and pdf’s.

To print the part templates actual size, use the PDF's. Select best printer quality, set PDF zoom to 100%, and page scaling to "none" or actual size. Check your printed page to see that 3" lines are exactly 3" long. Once you have template printed, you can cut with scissors (leave a 1/8" border) and arrange on your material for maximum sheet usage. Part templates for siding are a mirror image, when needed, so that you can cut walls with siding side down (easier to cut). Be sure siding grooves are oriented correctly. Use rubber cement to glue paper templates to your material and then just cut on lines. No measuring ! Paper comes off easily.

Cut out parts carefully using a SERB and straight edge. It is important to follow assembly sketches IN SEQUENCE or some parts may not fit, especially for trim and roof sections.

The build is designed for the backside to be trackside for car loading. Loading tube height dimension is not given so you can adjust for your own cars.

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Re: Grain elevator Sss
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 11:17:44 AM »
Thanks for this, Gary. I have just the place for something along these lines.