A photo study of a great model for your enjoyment!
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Here's a "birds-eye view" of our model, looking from the Southwest. What a
truly "Railroady" structure this is!
As you gaze upon this beauty, notice how the walls, made up of old cross-ties, are a scale thickness? You'll accomplish this by laminating three sections of 1/32" bass plywood together. You can't tell it by looking ath the pictues though, can you ? We did this for two reasons:
If you read the B.S. on Page One, you can skip the following. Otherwise, it makes for good reading, not to mention stuff for later conversation... I quote:
"The prototype's sand bin was constructed from old ( read: used ) ties. Which, of course, had notches hacked out to accommodate the no longer existing tie plates. As you can see, we have replicated this detail in our model kit, as it would have been an almost impossible task, by hand. But since a laser can only "cut" a .004" wide swath with each pass; and these notches are .101" wide by .125" tall, thus requiring 25.25 passes each it turns out that the laser had to travel 3.15625" per notch. And since there are 300 notches per bin... Hmmm. That amounts to 7,775 passes, equalling a staggering 78.906 FEET per kit!!!! Aren't you glad the laser was called on to do it, 'stead of YOU?
Since laser "time" is charged by the minute, it should be obvious that these seemingly insignificent but dramatic appearing details drove the cost of the kit up a bunch! Yeah, we could have left them off, but heck, that's what separates a P-B-L kit from "the other guys", and a "contest quality model" from other models isn't it?"
Everything you see on this model is included in our kit with the exceptions being the "black mastic" used on the tarpaper patches, (Jimmy used black silicone adhesive to represent this. ), and the scale sized "sand", for which he robbed our bead blaster of some of its not-all-that-clean-anymore "sand"... Oh. And we didn't include the "weeds" either. Sorry. You'll have to plant your own!
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