60´Gallows turntable for HOn3
This is my new project.
The Model Masterpieces D&RG 60' Gallows turntable in HOn3.

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I will, also build the Como Roundhouse to complete the scene.
The drive for the turntable will be a step motor with full indexing. It is a system developed by a friend of mine and very fool proof!

I bought this kit second hand, and it misses the spider gear housing...
I will try to make a new by 3D printing it.

This is a good plan showing how I will do the drive:
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(courtesy of Carrie Creek)

I started the build by staining and adding grain to the wood. The stain is Isopropyl alcohol and wiper fluid mixed with vallejo burnt umber and black.

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After it dries, I will lightly sand them to remove the fuzz.
More to come soon!
I've come a little further on the way. The Nut Bolt Washer castings are mostly in place :
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I just had to see how my biggest locomotive fits :
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Now its time to spike some rails in place.
This is looking great so far. Largest loco seems to sit well on the turntable bridge.
It's always nice to see a project progressing so well. Thumbsup Thumbsup Cheers
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Looking good ! I love the gallows TT ...they have so much character .
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The weathered wood with the rusty nuts and bolts looks great Applause
Thanks guys!
Just one more update before bedtime (this is after all Europe, a tad different time zone...Smile )
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Filed grooves for the cables.

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Soldered the wires to the Code 70 Micro Engineering rails.

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The rails spiked and glued!
Big Grin
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The gallow temporarily installed:
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The base is started!
8 mm plywood base. I've glued the piedestal on the top and a piece of pine underneath. I drilled the holes for the bearings with my pillar drill to get the hole in plumb.
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The axle will be replaced with a stainless tube.
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The brackets that holds the tie rods are in place.
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Had to see how it looks....
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The pit wall is to be built using ties. And the pit rail has to be laid. I will use code 40 in the pit..
Late last night I checked the Turntable and saw that the axle wasn't lining up!?!
That despite using a drill press... probably the bushings tilted a bit when gluing them in at first?
I made a jig, removed the bushings and lined everything up.
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Now it is correct!
I've also built the turntable pit wall. I used cork up to the pit ring level.
Then I glued stained ties up to the top.
The ties fit perfectly, I didn't have to trim any of them to fit!
A small update:
The cork wasn't totally flat for the pit rail, so I mounted a template/scraper on my centre jig. I then spackled the surface and rotated the template to get a flat surface. It worked great!
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I made some ties for the pit rail:
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I glued them using my jig to get them to point towards the centre.
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As you can see in the picture above, I made another template on the jig.
This one were to make the slope in the pit.
I mixed some very soupy plaster which I poured in the pit at the same time as I rotated the template.
After a minute or two, it began to set. I then removed the template (which had a roll of excess plaster on one side).
This is how it looked;
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I added some thin paint to prepare for the gravel and sand:
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The piedestal was painted as well.
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Oh Man!! That's GREAT!!!! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Thumbsup Thumbsup
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Really nice work. I like your use of the jig Smile
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I have glued the real Colorado gravel in the pit:
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I have installed the pit rail as well. Code 40 from Micro Engineering.
Now it's getting close!
Mostly done:
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The things left to do are to install the ring on top for the tracks and the gear, motor and electric wipers.

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