Working model with Stephenson's Rocket

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luckystar
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Hi All,
Just started on the cabinet - bought a lovely old book cabinet from our local charity shop. Took me half a day to disassemble it. Some lovely old planks of oak. No pictures at this stage.
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Hi all, getting on well with the cabinet. Needs a good sand and varnish later. Going to have it working on 12 volt battery with a timer. Can't make my mind up about the cabinet where the Rocket sits. Would like to try and put some scenery in the background. The wooden frame is just a mock up to see what size looks best.
Pete.
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I think I would have made it all in one piece, with corner uprights going top to bottom to include the glass display case above, otherwise it risks looking like a (nice) repurposed stand with an addition sitting on top.
The top glass framed wooden box on top will now have to be really well fastened down to the base and super strong in its construction to avoid breaking when the machine is ever tipped backwards to move around in the future, or even lifted at both ends by others, everyone seems to manhandle from the top of cabinets 'walking' them to move about if they're heavy.
I'd be thinking the top of similar dimensions to the base so the proportion to the size of the model inside looks right. The mock up frame is way too small. Most of these cased models have glass to front and sides with locking access door to the rear.
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Hi Moonriver, how many machines have you made Pete.
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Well you did ask for comments and I made mine by way of constructive criticism because I have an interest in working models.
I have been supportive commenting on previous machines you've made. The problem you have with asking for opinions is you tend to get responses that may not all be exactly as you think, and asking opinions of others is generally a good way of getting differing views.
As you haven't finished the top yet, the proportions will be whatever you decide to make them.
To answer your question......I've made quite a lot
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Hi Moonriver, perhaps you should show us some pictures of the machines you have made Pete.
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I certainly agree that the mock-up shown is far too small, like framing a portrait and covering the hairline and shoulders.
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Hi All, the mock up was just some old scrap wood. The one that i will be making will be about 4 inches wider & 3 inches taller with an opening back door. Pete.
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luckystar wrote: Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:16 pm Hi Moonriver, perhaps you should show us some pictures of the machines you have made Pete.
Pete, your original post........ "can't make my mind up about the cabinet where the Rocket sits"....appeared to invite constructive suggestions but I don't think playing a game of top trumps gets us anywhere. Some of my creations have been on the forum recently, but this thread isn't about me.
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Re: Working model with Stephenson's Rocket

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Can we have a thread about you; specifically about your amazing Working Models?
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