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    • March 12, 2008 6:36 PM EDT
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      Way back last century Model Railroader published an article on building a bank.

      In that same century, I built a model based on that article, making some changes to make it easier to build.

      Thanks to Richard Smith, I got a copy of that article and set about using it as a basis for a 1:20 model. The prototype is in Hempstead, New York.

      I decided that I liked the changes I had made last century when I made my original model. I wanted something that looked like a bank, but the prototype was a little too fancy. So, I ditched the fancy railing on the top, and the massive rectangular columns on either end. I started thinking of how I might want to build this. I really enjoyed building my textile mill with acrylic, so an acrylic based was a given. I first thought about using acrylic columns, but Jean suggested I head over to Michaels and check the cake decoration section. There I found some neat columns that were 7" high and would be just perfect. Not only that, they were cheap - 4 for under $5! I drew up a plan in TurboCAD and used the pictures of the columns to see how they might work.

      Pleased with that look, I put in a call to Russ Miller at TAP Plastics. We spent a short time talking about what I needed and spent more time discussing all sorts of issues with railroads outside. ;)
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    • March 12, 2008 7:06 PM EDT
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      Uh oh, here he goes again!

      Do I assume you'll be buying some more Perfec Panels at York this year?
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    • March 12, 2008 7:20 PM EDT
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      Actually, I already ordered some panels from Ridge Road Station. So, I'm not sure what I'll end up getting at York!
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    • March 12, 2008 8:49 PM EDT
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      So, yesterday the UPS guy leaves a heavy package on my porch. Aha! It's here!!!

      I got some PVC that's almost 1/2" thick for the front, the base, and some of the pieces above and below the columns. All cut to size. Neat, it's like a kit. Russ always adds some extra pieces, and this was no exception. Handy stuff, too. One of the extras was pieces of PVC cut to size from my column bases. I had only ordered 2 pieces and was planning to use some scrap to make the base - he cut 4 extra pieces. Three of these are used for the base.

      I start by gluing two of these together. Lots of clamps are needed. Two bases, plus the top piece are glued together and let dry overnight. Another extra was some clear acrylic strips. I cut these to length and glue them to the bottom of the base. Shown upside down here.

      Another slightly larger piece (another extra!) is glued to the assembly, and my column base is about complete.

      I can't resist setting this up to see what it looks like.

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    • March 12, 2008 9:19 PM EDT
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      NICE! Dont even have to paint it.
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    • March 12, 2008 9:22 PM EDT
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      Actually, it's a little TOO white. So, I'm thinking of Ivory...or maybe a texture paint.
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    • March 12, 2008 9:35 PM EDT

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      Very nice! I saw those columns at Michael's too and was thinking the same thing! They look even better on your bank than I imagined they would.

      Definitely needs paint. Maybe a very light gray, like granite or limestone?
    • March 13, 2008 7:18 PM EDT
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      Thanks Bruce...You always make my gears turn upstairs!
      Also as for York ..I'm only 20mins from there and will be attending this year as in the past but was wondering if I could possibly meet some of you guys in person? Should we have big name tags made up?lol
    • March 13, 2008 7:26 PM EDT
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      Print out your Convention Badge: http://largescalecentral.com/ID/
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    • March 13, 2008 8:11 PM EDT
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      Thankyou !
      I rode the short bus to internet school. Can you tell?
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    • March 14, 2008 6:05 PM EDT
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      David,
      I won't be at the show until Saturday. But, I'm thinking we're going to have a drag 'n' brag over at the Holiday Inn on Loucks road Friday night...
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    • March 17, 2008 5:54 PM EDT
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      Well, I got a few openings cut. The door was pretty easy, as I could get two sides done on the table saw. The other side and the window were done with a jewelers saw.

      The rectangular window is pretty straight forward. I'm not looking to cutting the curved window.
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    • March 21, 2008 1:49 PM EDT
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      Got the openings roughed out. Now I just need to clean them up a bit, then I'll make the window frames.

      I looked at some of the various paints available over at Michaels. I didn't really find anything that looked very good. I thought about the "Make it Stone" paint, but I think it's too rough for this. I may just head over to my local paint dealer and have them custom mix the right color. I guess I could put that in my little air brush and get this all painted.
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    • March 21, 2008 5:16 PM EDT
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      Gonna have it done for the drag-n-brag?
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    • March 21, 2008 5:43 PM EDT
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      Haha. Right. I'm not sure there's enough time....
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    • March 21, 2008 6:16 PM EDT
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      What? There are 7 more days! Don't tell me you have other things to do.
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    • March 21, 2008 6:43 PM EDT
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      What time is the Drag N Brag? Where?
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    • March 21, 2008 9:55 PM EDT
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      Friday after dinner...somewhere...maybe in the bar, or someone's room.
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    • March 21, 2008 11:10 PM EDT
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      Bar, someone's room, drag-n-brag? Well now!

      -Brian
    • March 22, 2008 7:48 AM EDT
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      Still negotiating location for "drag and brag" with the hotel. I've threatened to do it right in the Lobby by the reception desk. They said that would be fine, we'll have to see. ;-)
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