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    • February 27, 2019 3:16 AM EST
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      All done......

    • February 27, 2019 8:18 AM EST
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      WOW   That turned out great, Travis. Very impressive.  

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    • February 27, 2019 8:39 AM EST
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      I have to agree with Dan....

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    • February 27, 2019 9:09 AM EST
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      Nothing quite like going from a few piece on the table saw to a masterpiece with nothing in between. That came out excellent.

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    • February 27, 2019 10:13 AM EST
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      Very nice, I'm glad you were able to finish yours.

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    • February 27, 2019 10:17 AM EST
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      That is a great looking water tower Travis. 

      What did you do to make the spout?

    • February 27, 2019 10:33 AM EST
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      Hopefully he brings it to York so all can see ....

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    • February 27, 2019 1:09 PM EST
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      Todd Haskins said:

      That is a great looking water tower Travis. 

      What did you do to make the spout?

      Todd, it is from a old piko tower or some other kit. I do want to make another spout for it...

       

    • February 27, 2019 2:21 PM EST
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      Travis, your water tower really turned out nice, good job, Bill

    • February 28, 2019 4:41 AM EST
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      I will try to get some more photos of it from different angles...

       

    • February 28, 2019 10:31 AM EST
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      water tank spout

      Travis Dague said:

      I will try to get some more photos of it from different angles...

      Actually I think you will find it is from an aristo craft water tank, and if you want a tapered one, other than buying one I suggest you try the heated cvpc pipe that I sent you directions during the build, works and looks great, but I don't see any problem with the 1 you've got, some times it's just best to leave things alone. If you check old pictures you will find that there were lots of different styles, I've even see a square one. Like I said I like it very classy, Bill

       

       

    • February 28, 2019 2:24 PM EST
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      Travis, here  is a picture I found on pinterest, seems like your spout has good company, it's from the black hills railroad, still in operation I believe

       
       

      The Black Hills Central Railroad’s signature ride during the summer season is called the 1880 Train, which runs the entire length of the line between Hill City and Keystone passing through and along the beautiful hills and canyons of the Black Hills Mountains

    • March 1, 2019 3:02 AM EST
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      Bill Barnwell said:

      Travis, when I did mine I used a piece of 1/2" cvpc pipe secured the top to a counter and attached a large pair of vice grips to the bottom then heated it with a heat gun and as I heated itwater tower spout began to stretch and taper, when it got about to the size I wanted I sprayed it with a water bottle to stop the reaction. then just cut it to length and section the end with left over pieces. later added evergreen strips and chain, worked great and I saved $10 from not buying one from evilbay, Bill

      Bill, could you possibly get some close up pics of the spout?. Thanks ....

       

    • March 1, 2019 11:38 AM EST
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      spout upper right

      spout left

      spout centerTravis, the rings around the spout are evergreen strips, the eyelets holding the chair are brass screw in ones from hardware store and chain is brass saved from a model ship from back in the 6oths, don't throw anything away you might need, I had taken the time to put rivet detail on the top side of the tube, which you can see the bumps in the left side shop, with archer rivet decals but it really was a waste of time being as you cant see them when the spout is up. Mounted the spout by filing a grove perpendicular to the length and gluing a small piece of hollow styrene across it and securing with a bold and it does pivot. Need any thing else let me know, Bill  Oh the handle is a piece of bent paper clip 

      This post was edited by Bill Barnwell at March 1, 2019 7:49 PM EST
    • March 1, 2019 1:53 PM EST
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      Bill Barnwell said:

      Travis, when I did mine I used a piece of 1/2" cvpc pipe secured the top to a counter and attached a large pair of vice grips to the bottom then heated it with a heat gun and as I heated itwater tower spout began to stretch and taper, when it got about to the size I wanted I sprayed it with a water bottle to stop the reaction. then just cut it to length and section the end with left over pieces. later added evergreen strips and chain, worked great and I saved $10 from not buying one from evilbay, Bill

      Bill, when it stretched were you pulling it with the vice grips or does it naturally do this when exposed to high heat?...

       

    • March 1, 2019 3:24 PM EST
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      Travis Dague said:
      Bill Barnwell said:

      Travis, when I did mine I used a piece of 1/2" cvpc pipe secured the top to a counter and attached a large pair of vice grips to the bottom then heated it with a heat gun and as I heated itwater tower spout began to stretch and taper, when it got about to the size I wanted I sprayed it with a water bottle to stop the reaction. then just cut it to length and section the end with left over pieces. later added evergreen strips and chain, worked great and I saved $10 from not buying one from evilbay, Bill

      Bill, when it stretched were you pulling it with the vice grips or does it naturally do this when exposed to high heat?...

      Travis, they were pretty big vice grips that I used and I did so because I was afraid that if I tried to do it by hand it wouldn't be straight and by hanging with a weight on the bottom it would stretch more uniformly which it did. So to refresh. I anchored the top to the side of a cabinet (could use a ladder) and let about a 1 foot piece of cvpc hand vertically and attached a pair of vice grips to the bottom of the pipe, then heated the pipe uniformly up and down and around with a heat gun and when the tubing reached a bendable temperature it started to stretch and as it did it became elongated. Went it reached a size that looked right I sprayed it with a water bottle to stop the process. I might mention that went it started to stretch it went pretty fast. So the worse thing that can happen is you'll have to do it over and use another piece of 25 cents worth of pipe. I got lucky and was able to get it first time. After cooling I cut it at the small end at about a 45 degree angle and then took the cut piece and rotated it 180 degrees and reattached with super glue after cutting a short piece at 90 degrees off for the tip, being as the 2 pieces with the cut 45 came from the same place/piece the tubing was of the same diameter and required no fitting, then cut the whole to the length I wanted. Good Luck, Bill   

       

       

    • March 20, 2019 3:54 AM EDT
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      Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Hopefully he brings it to York so all can see ....

      Sean, I may be bringing this to York if you would like to see it...... Will be there Friday and part of Saturday.... Travis

    • March 20, 2019 7:20 AM EDT
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      I will not be going .... However I'm sure the rest will like to see it !

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      The light in the tunnel might not be an engine , but a light in the caboose of my own train on my Roundy Round Rail Road !    My empire is complete...I think...

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