|First coat of paint. In background you will see one of my 1:1 scale projects - restoration of a Southern Pacific Search Light Signal made by Union Switch and Signal|
In the waterfront area - I finished construction on the crane, primed and sprayed with two coats of a light green. I will still need to weather it, add glazing to the cab and a variety of cables for boom hoist and bucket hoist. I will probably revisit this model someday, adding working lighting and some electrical conduit/control box details. I am working on a logo/sign for Raritan Steel to put on the boom. Also in the waterfront I added a slab foundation and walkway for the yard office/tower, and finally installed the water surface. The water was created with acrylic paints - blacks, greens, dab of dark blue. Not 100% happy with result, but not unhappy enough to redo. The surface is a high-gloss water based urethane. Ok and very durable and easy to clean. Not as cool looking as the resin, but could always go that route if needed. Have a few more coats of urethane to go and then I'll start adding pilings, vessels, etc. The pipe mill is also underway, but that will be a separate post in the future. The pipe mill takes the place of the chemical plant. I decided to eliminate the only non-Raritan Steel industry on the layout.
Coke Works - lots of almost complete items in the by-products plant - working on overhead piping and ammonia separator. Primary washers need only minor work to be ready for paint. coke ovens still need significant work, but cut the wood cores for the conveyors from the coal unloader to the oven bunker.
|If you look closely you will see the scribed lines|
|Pipe ends/joints - 1/4"-1 1/8" in 1/16" increments - as many as I could fit|
Speaking of the Cameo - while I was at it, I created a sheet of styrene disks in various sizes for pipe joints and ends. I was able to fit a lot of pieces onto one sheet. I also drew and cut some industrial window sash sheets for overlay on scratch-built industrial buildings.