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Texaco station in 1977

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    November, 2013
Posted by fifer on Monday, March 31, 2014 8:25 PM

I can almost envision the tire and fan belt rack in the upper part of the bays back wall.

Mike

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote ‘happy’. 
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
-- John Lennon

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  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 8:16 AM

A build so clean, so elegant... Thumbs Up

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Posted by heavychevy61409 on Friday, April 11, 2014 8:39 AM

VERY NICE GARAGE! great work, excelent detail. one of these days i'm going to build my dads Pure Oil station. i wrked there at the age of 12 for 20.00 a wk. pumping gas & sweeping. it had a very tall A frame building with 2 bays, offices front & rear, and  mens bathroom inside while the womans bathroom was around the back. the first car i every drove was the tow-truck we had [65 chevy, 6 cyl., 3 on the tree, with a 220 holms boom on back]. thanks for sharing and keep up the good work, i'll waiting for the finished diorama.                      heavychevy

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  • From: Middle Earth
Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Friday, April 11, 2014 6:41 PM

Really nice. I think diorama builders are different kinds of modelers. A special kind. This is already bringing back so many memories it's hard to check out the rest of the site. I think my first job was a gulf station on 72nd. Hard to remember. Might have been the dinosaur. The business is long gone, but I noticed on google earth the building is still there...

 Cruising on empty, running into the sun...

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    February, 2009
  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:23 AM

I have lost internet access.(This post is from work). I have been working on the station and I'll update when internet service is restored. Thanks for all the kind words, everyone!

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Posted by fifer on Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:43 AM

Thanks and hope you get the net back soon.

Mike

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote ‘happy’. 
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
-- John Lennon

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    February, 2009
  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Monday, May 05, 2014 8:22 AM

 

 

 

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    February, 2009
  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Monday, May 05, 2014 12:13 PM

To get the style of pump I wanted, and to save money, I built my own pumps. i plan to light them, so the structure is hollow. More to come.

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    February, 2011
Posted by moparfrank526 on Saturday, June 07, 2014 7:35 AM

would you sell a copy of the plans and what materials are needed to build this im building an earlier model by iggy and seb i bought a book with plans from him its great 60,s model shows you how to make working garage doors thank you moparfrank526 frank stanley frank.stanley526@gmail.com 502-356-3624 what you have is great  

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  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Monday, July 21, 2014 8:21 PM

Here's some further progress on the station

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  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Monday, July 21, 2014 8:23 PM

Progress on the pumps

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    May, 2014
Posted by les.61 on Monday, July 21, 2014 8:47 PM

If only fuel was that price still!!!  About 75 cents per gallon. In Australia at the moment we are paying about  $6 USD per gallon and in some of the remote areas up to $8 or $9 USD per gallon. Noted in US you are paying between $3.50 & $4.00 USD per gallon.

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  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:40 AM

Ouch, don't that hurt! That door and the pump ... incredible, man!!! Thumbs UpThumbs Up One loses the sense of scale looking at those pictures... Is that 1/8 or what, I kept asking myself.

About gas prices... we also pay 7 dollars for a US gallon at the moment, 3/4 of that is just taxes.

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    August, 2009
Posted by Spex84 on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:14 PM

Wow! The lights really make it come alive. I love the pumps; the detailing is great. I wasn't around in '77, but the pumps I fill up at regularly are almost this old.

Threads like this make me itch to build a diorama of my own, but I wouldn't have a place to store 'em!

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Posted by 1940fORD on Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:28 AM

All I can say is wow! Great work

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  • From: Central Ohio
Posted by pyrman on Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:08 AM

felhasznaaloo
... Is that 1/8 or what, I kept asking myself.

In his first post on page 1, Rep states this is 1/25 scale.

Greg H

"Think of the fact that there's not one state in the 50 that has the death penalty for speeding...although I'm not so sure about Ohio." (The Cannonball Run)

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    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:30 AM

pyrman

felhasznaaloo
... Is that 1/8 or what, I kept asking myself.

In his first post on page 1, Rep states this is 1/25 scale.

Yes, I'm aware of that (I even wanted to buy his blueprints off him) the photos still look larger than scale...

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    February, 2009
  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:03 AM

More progress. The restrooms. Ladies on left, mens on right. The sink bowls were aftermarket, the toilet bowls and seat rings were Crackerjack prizes.

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  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:05 AM

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  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Sunday, August 10, 2014 11:46 AM

Absolutely "drop dead gorgeous"....this diorama is moving into the "museum quality" category. Those restrooms are so clean, I think the local hospitals could use them as "operating rooms"....Smile, Wink & Grin

Dennis

 

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    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Sunday, August 10, 2014 2:55 PM

Simply unbelievable... Bow Thumbs Up BTW, in the 90's, when I was working (legally) in the US as an exchange student, cleaning toilets, mens seats were split in the middle, ladies' were not... Not so in '77? Laugh

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    February, 2009
  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Sunday, August 10, 2014 4:57 PM

Honestly, you may be right. Unfortunately, I can't get to the toilet to change it if you are. Missed that detail!

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  • From: the Netherlands
Posted by henri1 on Saturday, August 23, 2014 3:10 PM

I have seldom seen such nice clean undisturbed restrooms in the states........

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Posted by fifer on Saturday, August 23, 2014 5:02 PM

We used to before everyone became animals !!!

I love them.

Mike

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote ‘happy’. 
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
-- John Lennon

  • Member since
    February, 2009
  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Friday, August 29, 2014 8:21 PM

I thought I'd put together a couple of Engine testers. One of them will be used in the Texaco station.

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    December, 2012
Posted by BrassBuilder on Saturday, August 30, 2014 9:30 AM

How are you making the light up displays on the front of the pumps and the Texaco logos in the tower?

Mike

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    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:53 PM

Wow. . .

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  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:20 PM

I made the pumps hollow, and used a translucent plastic for the lighted faces. Tamiya gloss aluminium makes sure there is no light bleed through anywhere else. An LED shines up from below and illuminates the translucent plastic.

The tower is full of LED strips that shine through the Texaco translucent part.

The strips include the resistors, but there is no real heat problem.

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    December, 2012
Posted by BrassBuilder on Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 AM

But how did you print the graphics on the translucent plastic? Color laser printer?

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    February, 2009
  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Sunday, August 31, 2014 1:49 PM

I made the graphics in AutoCad. I printed them on decal film in an ALPS printer. I doubled them up to brighten the colors a bit.

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