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Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:22 pm
by Eric M.
Hi folks,

Since I can never finish one project without starting another one, (examples here on Chaski: my 4 ton Plymouth and the Scheffield section hand car) I have an entirely new project to share that just, um, popped up. A few months back I suddenly became inspired to make a structure for my railroad. My railroad is mining themed so I thought a structure that represented that would be nice. One evening I sketched this simple scale drawing for an ore tipple that would fit between the track and my neighbors fence:

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The structure would be big enough that I decided to do some Disney inspired scale compression to make the tipple appear larger from track level. The upper trestle where the ore cars come in is actually 1" scale and the lower exterior is 1 1/2" scale.

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Before you know it I was cutting wood. Internal structure was made from pressure treated 2x4 clad in redwood fence boards for a substrate to attach all the scale lumber.

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Internal structure complete.

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The process of adding scale timbers then began as the next several photos illustrate.

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The 1" scale trestle was built for the ore cars to load the tipple complete with a platform for a fire barrel.

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Ore chutes and steel ore gates were fabricated.

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Many details were added.

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I got into making the details, including lanterns that actually flicker with a flame-like glow and this fire barrel. I still need to make the bucket and removable cover for the fire barrel.

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Finally, after being stained with dilute black paint and doused in wood preservative, the ore tipple is pretty much complete. Here it sits on my patio waiting for installation by the railroad.

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Thanks for looking!

Regards,

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:36 pm
by PRR5406
Is that beautiful red cedar???

Why not Brazilian rose wood? :-)

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:15 pm
by Eric M.
:lol: Hahahaha. No it's not that exotic. Just regular redwood which is plentiful here in California. Most of the material is milled from redwood fence boards and a few redwood 2x4s for the bigger stuff. The dark color comes from my homemade black stain and the wood preservative. It should weather to a more silver gray over time. With how much work I put into it I wanted the structure to stick around for a while which is why I chose those materials.

Regards,

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:20 pm
by redneckalbertan
That is a gorgeous structure! Great work!

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:36 am
by Harlock
Super nice.

-Mike

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:49 pm
by BobbyT
Very nice details!

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:12 pm
by steamin10
Thats great! I love it when some trackside structure sucks you into a reason for being in the railroad world. Imagineering is the best way to make a suggestion, without breaking the bank on fantasy. The building is the justification for a coupla kicker details that leads the mind to UNDERSTAND and justify the need, that underwrites the whole railroad fantasy.

I consider such items as built to be as needed as paint and lettering ona freight car. Otherwise just a Critter and flatcar will get you around the track.

From my view, good job and marvelous idea.

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:06 pm
by chooch
Thanks for looking you say. Heck, My pleasure. I Like it--I like it!!

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:10 pm
by Solar1953
I'm curious as to the ore car. What make is it, and where can I obtain one?

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:07 am
by Eric M.
First of all, thanks for the comments everyone. I appreciate them.

As for the ore car; I made it.
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It is mostly aluminum. The wheels and axles are steel. The car was painted with a natural rust finish. I built two ore cars like this plus a small 2 axle wood flat and a steel crane car. They are all 1" scale 3 1/2" gauge. One of the ore cars is still unpainted. Here is the rest of the rolling stock:

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The ore tipple gives me a convenient place to display these cars.

Thanks for looking!

Regards,

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:15 pm
by Rwilliams
Great looking ore tipple. Plenty of detail to give it a look of realism. Just need to visit an old mine and gather some of the waste dump rocks to give it the look of a working ore facility. Most old mines have plenty of material that never made it to the mill. They usually only milled the high value ore in order to make the most profit for the share holders.

The oil drums really look the part. Where did you find them?

Robert

Re: Ore Tipple in 1 1/2" scale

Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:14 am
by Harold_V
Rwilliams wrote:The oil drums really look the part. Where did you find them?
Chuckle!

My money says he didn't find them, but made them. It's going to be interesting to read his comment(s) in that regard.
A very talented guy, this Eric M.

Harold