Here is a microwave tower made from small stiff wire.
Need to use flux or paste for solder to stick.
Cut length of wire to what ever size long you want.I took 18 inches.
Make 2 and make sure they are very streight.
lay down on a long piece of wood.
Pin down useing sewing pins with heads.
Space the 2 long wires 1/2 inch apart.
Make sure they dont move.
Now cut smaller pieces to fit between but make sure you dont force them in or the tower will have bulges.
Now flux or paste and solder small pieces.
Go all the way up.
Half way you should be feeling a pain in your back hunched over.
Once you get the lenght you wanted, looks like a huge long metal ladder.
Now make another one.
ooch my back lol.
Once done stand lenght wise like a upside down V.Pin to hold still.
Now solder in only a few places along.
Once stiff, turn over to a V shape and start soldering more little ones.
When you solder close to another peg it may come loose so be quiek.
Now you have your tower.
Go wash it off with dish soap water carefully.
Dry with blow dryer or it will rust.
You dont want to introduce paste or flux to your engines paint job or any paint.
You see in mine i used ho plastic ladder’s done the same way as tower.
Addes a antenna and a water saver screen for taps make of plastic for the microwave antenna.
I will add more after and stuff. As well as a 2mm flashing red warning light on top.And a steady red half way down the tower.
Oh the long antenna is made from the tower metal and a thinner piece soldered and painted.
This is a Lionel “O” scale layout that I started a couple of days ago that I’m building to hopefully sell on Ebay.
It’s a simple figure “8” with no sidings.
I’m doing the landscaping with 2″ pink high density foam house insulation.
There will be no buildings but (2) lakes and I will add schrubs and grass. I’m trying to keep it very low profile for easy protective storage. I put fold away metal legs on it for easy set-up.
I’ll be done in a few days and I will send you final pics of it then.
Can’t wait to see the final pics Barry! Al.
So looking forward to seeing Barry’s finished model layout.
Now on to something completely different. I was in two minds whether to post this or not.
But then I thought of the countless times I’ve watched it – and thought it may go down well with you all.
But if not, please do let me know so I the right sort of stuff to post…
A big thanks to Kim for his excellent ‘how to’. And the same to Barry too.
And if you want to get going on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PS Heading off to ebay? Latest cheat sheet is here.