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GOP: Module 2 benchwork: roadbed
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I have been really busy lately so I haven’t had that much time for modeling. I have been working on this section a little bit at a time. This picture shows how I have mounted the sub-roadbed (1/4″ plywood) and used risers coming up from the cross-members.  The major difference in this from the standard L-girder construction is that they usually use crosspieces at...

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GOP: Module 2 benchwork
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One of my recent projects was to start building the next module for my home model railroad, named the Get Out n Push railroad (GOP).  This module will start with a semi industrial area on the right, where it joins with my previous section.  In the middle I will be building a mill pond and mill, and on the left will be a logging...

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GOP: Molds and Downtown Deco Trackside Tavern
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Learning from my previous experience, I waited several days for the molding material to cure before removing the parts and the containers.  I learned another valuable lesson with these molds.  If you look at the mold on the left you see that it is very thick (to account for the thickness of the middle part).  I decided to mold some barrels made from previous...

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GOP: Continued experiments with urethane castings.
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After my decent success with the smaller molds I decided to try making casts of larger parts.  I created the containers for the molds using sheet styrene.  I scored and snapped the pieces into strips, and then hot-glued them into place.  After gluing the part to the bottom of the container I used BB’s to estimate the amount of material needed (rice would probably...

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