Marion Brasher is using, IIRC, 2" PVC on his Rock Island layout in the
basement of his store. I am going to use something like 3" diameter
PVC but only around 40'-50' high for a couple select silos by a
brewery, just for the variety.
"Paul [Kossart] The CB&Q Guy"
(Modeling the 1960's In HO.)
PVC and PB (polybutylene) is also available in gray.
With some sanding or dullcote, it could resemble
Of course, you could use the plastic pipe as a form
and actually cast the silos from cement, which would
resemble concrete even more :)
I saw some textured spray paint the other evening at the local home
improvement store. I wonder how much texture that might have? It is
supposed to resemble concrete or a stucco type finish. I think it was a
Rust-o-leum brand product.
> I saw some textured spray paint the other evening at the local home
> improvement store. I wonder how much texture that might have? It is
> supposed to resemble concrete or a stucco type finish. I think it was
> a Rust-o-leum brand product.
I think you're fooling yourself that you can get a good concrete texture
this way. Keep in mind the 1:87 scale thing: all those lumps and bumps
from the textured paint will essentially be magified 87 times, and
probably end up looking pretty horrible.
Look at actual concrete textures; on structures like grain silos, the
surface is usually actually very smooth. What you see are *color*
variations, not texture. So what a guy would want to do is to recreate
those colors using (flat) paint; classic weathering, basically.
In order to embark on a new course, the only one that will
solve the problem: negotiations and peace with the Palestinians,
Did that article specify a single size or a range of sizes?
Judging from the elevators I've seen, I'd be surprised if there is a
standard size. Even the amount of arc in the columns differs so you could
probably cut a single pipe into segments (lengthwise) and glue them onto a
sheet of plywood to get an elevator that doesn't use a complete half circle
for the arc of the bins. You'd get a bit more milage out of your pipe
materials. Doing a rough estimate I'd say you could get away with using
pipes from 3" to 6" in HO.
Anybody know what the interior of these elevators looks like? Are the silos
separate or one big cavern?
If I can make a suggestion, a two D-cell flashlight handlight would be
scaled fairly close for a smaller silo or a taller model in N scale.
Builders tend to use ratios of 1:3, 1:4, possibly 1:5. 3" pipe would render
a silo with an approximate 25' base. At 1:4, it would be 12" with dome
top. Any object over 50' tall within 3 miles of an airport must be lit at
night, otherwise anything over 100' must be lit. Some have an external
conveyor. All have a trap door for filling either wagons or bins at the
I live within 20 miles of several silos, but I see them from a distance
as I travel the highway. In my locality, many of the tops are six pieces
with alternating vertical colours of either red & white or green & white.
Anyway, just a thought.
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