The white part will be hidden by Widget Supply.
I took a second look at this version and realized later that there was no reason for the fans/exhaust in that location since they would be basically exhausting the open deck.
Exhaust & power
I added a frame for the water tank from an older project. It doesn’t fit right but is useable as a place holder.
|The exhaust shack has a pair of exhaust fans (the grills are from the jail windows from Rusty Stumps O scale Hoosegow. The transformers are some I had printed off long, long ago. I think I still have some hidden away. If not .. I have the CAD file and the ability to print more.
It was at this point viewing from this angle that I decided it was too busy up front with room on three sides that could be utilized and make the scene more balanced.
While cleaning the house some this morning I opened up SU and the Widget Supply Extension That way while having to do the mundane .. vacuum, wash dishes, clean the litter box .. I can stop by the computer .. squint one eye at the image and think ..”OOO .. I can do .. THIS ..”
I moved the transformer platform to the left side. I had grabbed an old SU file that had the platform up high on round poles and modified it. Looking at it now I thought it would work better if I eliminated the vertical posts and bolt through to the large posts that support the water tank framing. I needed to have something over the clapboards thick enough to let the transformers clear – which he posts do.
There … IS .. the issue of being able to lean out and touch the high-voltage bushings .. which even in pre OSHA would be a .. bad .. thing.
Reason I am posting this is just to show how the process works with a CAD program .. you can virtually build a model before actually taking knife to stripwood and work out a lot of the issues prior to building something.
Sent some time today working on the tower. Reworked the tank frame to fit. Did a lot of wok on the transformer platform expanding it so it covers the entire side and leaves an opening in between for access .
The tank is rusted metal .. simply because that was easier to draw. It might become wood . and might not.
I moved the exhaust shack up. Need to change the supports to 45° (I had squeezed them to a shallower angle earlier when the shack was above the door)
This *might* seem to be a waste of time but really it is not as I can generate scale plans from it.
|A closer look at the transformer platform.
I added three high-voltage insulators. Again .. somewhere .. I had some of these printed. I still have the CAD for them.
I added access to the platform via a crawlspace. I suspect that in “real life” that door would have a nice padlock to keep idiots and/or kids off the transformers.
as well as the aforementioned wire barrier.