Steve Zapytowski, MMR  612

Division 1, MCR, NMRA

Two Failed Coils of Rope
Two Failed Coils of Rope

These failed because I could not separate them from their brass tube cores.

The First Successful Rope Coil
The First Successful Rope Coil

Wrapping masking tape sticky side out allowed the coil to separate from the core.

3 The North End of the Building in Progr
3 The North End of the Building in Progr

From many years ago I remembered rope coils bound by loops of small rope.

What Finished Rope Coils Looked Like W
What Finished Rope Coils Looked Like W

This photo shows rope coils bound in exactly that manner. Gary Kohler sent me this photo.

I took this photo when I visited the site.

The Finished Details in the North End
The Finished Details in the North End

This is what the same end of my model looks like today.

My Cricut Craft Maker
My Cricut Craft Maker

I've been using a craft cutter since the very beginning of this project.

Rafter Parts Cut with the Cricut Maker
Rafter Parts Cut with the Cricut Maker

I found the craft cutter does a good job cutting out hundreds of rafter parts from sheet stock.

Using a Tea Strainer to Stain Rafter P
Using a Tea Strainer to Stain Rafter P

A tea strainer is a good way to pre-stain those hundreds of rafter parts.

Laying Up Some of the Rafter Parts on
Laying Up Some of the Rafter Parts on

I built an assembly jig for each bit of framing in the building. Here is one of the rafter styles in process.

Scribed Layout on 060 Polystyrene
Scribed Layout on 060 Polystyrene

I used my craft cutter to scribe framing layouts onto 0.040" and 0.060" polystyrene sheets upon which I laid up my assembly jigs.

Trial Fitting Finished Rafters
Trial Fitting Finished Rafters

An ingesting feature here us the diagonal braces were added to the rafter assemblies and are not part of the building frame. They were sanded to a snug fit.

Pre-Measured Lengths of Standing and
Pre-Measured Lengths of Standing and

Seen here are numerous premeasured coils of standing and running rigging stored temporarily before being hauled tot he shipyard.

Making Short Coils Using Brass Tube.
Making Short Coils Using Brass Tube.

Here is my version of the same products being formed around a piece of brass tube. The masking tape is wrapped sticky side out around the tube.

Pre-Measured Coils of Rope
Pre-Measured Coils of Rope

After gluing up the coils slide off the end of the tube with little trouble.

Speaker Baffle Printed for Building S
Speaker Baffle Printed for Building S

This simple 3D printed part drastically improve the sound output from this 40mm speaker.

The Hackle & Hemp Fiber
The Hackle & Hemp Fiber

The Hackle at bottom of photo, was used to straighten hemp fiber. Right and center right are two bundles of hemp fiber hanging.

My hackle
My hackle

The base of the hackle was a 3D print while the tines came from an old tooth brush.

Posing Strands of Hemp Fiber
Posing Strands of Hemp Fiber

Here I'm experimenting with posing strands of hemp to hang in the spinning loft. I found that watered down white glue worked the best.

Cradle to Hold the Spinning Loft Floor U
Cradle to Hold the Spinning Loft Floor U

I needed to make a cradle to hold the spinning loft floor upside-down. Note the addition of LEDs and lampshades on the underside of the floor.