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Decided instead of purchasing a generic switch tower to make my own, modeled after the Essay tower on the NY&LB.

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Fortunately, I was able to come across scale drawings of the original (actually from the proposed construction, there are slight difference between them and the "as-built", but the proportions are correct).

Since I'm working with a resin printer, the walls and roof prove too large to print without piecing them together, so they're going to be styrene, with cutouts for the doors and windows. The doors, window frames, gutters, downspouts and chimney top will all be printed. The top two floors will be made separately from the cellar level, since I don't yet have a layout where it will reside, and the cellar may need to change depending on if it's set on a hill, or has a hill built around it.

So far, the windows were designed, printed, primed and painted...

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Wasn't happy with the length of the piece under the bay windows, so I replaced that. Also noticed that they added a 2nd window to the first floor on the side facing the Raritan which isn't on the drawings, so I added that. Placement of the first is a bit off, but it was either that or re-do the entire side of the building. I have the 2nd floor lighted, but apparently I need to put something in there to prevent the light from shining through the roof... You can see the (3d printed) railing around the stairwell, and the bathroom wall on the inside. Still need to add the copper gutters and fill the cracks, but it's coming along nicely. Don't suppose anyone has any pics showing what the inside looked like?

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Slight update. Have the gutters (and chimney) on, stopped the light from leaking through the roof. The gutters were a pain, since I needed to piece them together as I can't print them long enough for the entire length of the roof, and the corners are separate pieces.

There are (3d printed) lockers on the rear wall of the 2nd floor, as per the proposed plans. Still need to find out what sort of interlocking machine was in here. Since there's a "relay room" on the 1st floor, I'm assuming it'll be without mechanical levers, but I want to confirm that.

Have a chair printed to go at the desk in the bay window, and a clock for the wall. I have the rain downspouts added on the sides since this pic was taken, but I still need to connect them to the gutters. Also need to add "copper" flashing to the chimney top. This week will likely be spent filling, sanding and painting the slight gaps between panels.

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Working on the interior. 3D Printed a file cabinet, radio and microphone, and printed out several train orders (unfortunately not legible at scale) and a couple of pin-up calendars to go with the phone and the chair. Once I figure out what interlocking machine was in there, that'll be added too, and it should be done (except for the cellar level). There is a large relay rack in the relay room on the 1st floor, and a hallway from the door to both the 2nd floor, cellar, and relay room. An ashtray would really finish it off...

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