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1:48 scale milling machine... which I couldn't resist customizing

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My model railroader brother bought this Sierra West Scale Models 1:48 scale milling machine kit to build as a Christmas gift to my machinist dad, but due to his free time constraints, he asked me to finish it. Taking some license with the appearance of it, I upgraded it to include its own electric motor/transmission power source.

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That is cool.

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would look good on the bench of your garage diorama

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Very NICE!! has your Dad recieved it yet, if so what did he think?? :D

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Very NICE!! has your Dad recieved it yet, if so what did he think?? :D

Yep, I finished it up a couple of months ago, he was amazed at the small size of it. He'd been a machinist since 1937, still has a '50s era Logan lathe in his garage which he uses to this day even thought he is getting toward 91 years old.

BTW, there are model vehicle parts in it. The blue electric motor on top is actually the end of a white metal 1:87 semi truck transmission, and since I'd lost the two crank handles in the kit for each end of the table, I substituted a pair of crank wheels - both are 1:87 scale truck steering wheels, each with a crank handle added into the rim.

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This is why I don't build O Gauge or On30... with kits like this available, my head would kersplode! I'd go off the deep end just building a fully equipped and detailed engine shop... Awesome detail and an excellent subject. Well done!

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Pretty cool!!!!!!!

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Very cool !

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