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Old 27th March 2006, 15:58   #11
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I was educated in a country (England) that now uses mostly metric measurements (apart from beer, which remains in pints to avoid civil unrest), but I'm now living in the US which clings to the old ways. :-)

The rulers over here are in inches and fractions thereof, of course. Different edges of my steel ruler have a maximum resolution of 1/8", 1/16" or 1/32".

I really don't like working in fractions of an inch; it makes calculations unnecessarily hard for someone brought up on a metric system, but those are the tools I have to work with. Anyway, the result is that 1/32" is the finest scale on the ruler, so 5" is about 1.8/32" or approximately 1/16".

Maybe using a black ball-point pen to mark the edges of the boards would work? I'll try it when I get home from work.

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Old 28th March 2006, 17:47   #12
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Here's how I cut my strips.

The Tools: Standrad ruler, steel ruler and that small cheap knife.


I mark upp the width of the boards at both ends.


Some cutting...


...and voila, some boards!


I don't use a X-acto type knife because i tend to break the point of the blade. It's cheaper
to change blade on the cheap knife I use.
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Old 28th March 2006, 17:52   #13
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And some progress:

Most of the main part of the building is finished.
What remains is little painting and put some shingles on the roof.


It begins to look like a tower


After the roof is finished I will begin to build the stairs.
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Old 28th March 2006, 22:45   #14
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Great looking tower Ari,thanks for sharing your cutting method.
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Old 29th March 2006, 05:57   #15
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The tower looks very nice Ari. I like the underside of the roof, those little bits must have been really fiddly!

I'll definately try cutton on some glass. That looks like a really good idea. I have been using wood and the edges of the 'boards' definately show signs of not being cut cleanly.

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Old 31st March 2006, 00:54   #16
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Thanks guys!

Steve, I found this jig for cutting boards on one of the other forums, the derelict building built by the TrainClown (the inventor of the jig) is truly amazing:

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...34&whichpage=3

I should have some pictures of the mostly finished Tower tomorrow (Friday) erh...today time for some sleep...
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Old 31st March 2006, 20:28   #17
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So here is the final pictures of my Interlocking tower.

I pretty much followed the instructions and plans by Ben King. I am very pleased with the tower, it was a bit more fiddly compared to the challenge structure but a fun build.









Here is a very simplified interior.




So now I just will fit the thing on my layout...
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Old 31st March 2006, 22:08   #18
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Great stuff Ari,I love it it should look good on your layout,I'd like to see some pics when you have placed it.
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Old 31st March 2006, 22:44   #19
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The finished work looks wonderfull Ari, it's amazing what you've acomplished, congratulations.
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Old 1st April 2006, 02:01   #20
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Thank You both for the very kind words!

The two latest scratch builds has been great and I thought that I now will be able to continue the work with the layout...ho hum...I just can't seem to help my self...I am already pondering on a new scratch build. But next time I will probably try to fit it on some sort of diorama.

With these two scratch built structures I feel that my present layout needs some reworking...

Well at least I will try to translate the rest of my homepage into English and display it here at the forum and You can decide for your self.

So much to do and so little time!
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