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Old 06-02-2011, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'll soon be to the point that my railroad needs buildings and buisinesses to keep things busy. One thing I've thought about that wouldn't have to be too big or complicated would be a propane dealer with a siding to hold a tank car. I see them often enough. I think it'd make a nice, small business. But I have no idea how I'd make the propane tanks the dealer fills. Not the ones for your patio grills, the larger tanks that hold a quantity of propane to heat a small house for a few months or more. Those rounded ends would likely be the big problem.

I'm pretty sure someone made an HO kit for a small propane dealer. Not likely to happen in 1:29. Anyone have any ideas how to make those tanks?

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Old 06-02-2011, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you look at the "gum ball" machines in corner stores, they have ones that have plastic "shells" with a toy inside. These come apart in the middle and would make perfect round ends, just put them on either end of a tube. Did I explain myself well enough? If not go to a corner store that has this sort of thing and have a look, you will recognize what I’m talking about as soon as you see them.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you have or access to a wood lathe, if so that would make that job fairly easy, look at my dust cyclones on my watermill, (in this forum) a series of three pvc pipe glued together. Its not a tank but they
would quit simple with a wood lathe.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Look at Lowes in the pvc fittings. :-)


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Old 06-02-2011, 08:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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CO2 cartridges.
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Yes, spent CO2 cartridges. People with paint guns have many they throw away. Just bury the ends of 2 next to the rear of houses and/or trailers.
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I haven't seen those gum ball prize things since my son was a little kid! Thanks for the idea, Dan, they'd be perfect. Funny how you can ignore something so completely. They're everywhere!

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Wood lathe? I'm in the group that has a hard enough time with simple hand tools!
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I purchased propane tanks from this guy on eBay. There are a couple of sizes of large tanks as well as the little ones.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If you are looking to make the large distributor's tank, you will need to get two hemispherical tank heads. These can be gotten through Plastruct. I model in 1:20.3 and will be using some standard 3" PVC pipe to make some tank cars, it is 3-1/2 inches OD. You could use 4" or 6" pipe (4-1/2 and 6-5/8" inches OD) as well and I believe both are available in ABS plastic from Plastruct. Plastruct also has all sorts of piping and fittings you can use.

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Would something like this work?

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