Hardeeville/Argent Lumber Co. Water Tank &
Pump House Kit
Masterpieces 1:48 "Brand New Release in O Scale!"
offered in 1977 by Thomas A Yorke Ent. as an O Scale kit available in three or
four scales (maybe).
The prototype for this
former Thomas A Yorke Ent (now Scale Model Masterpieces) kit was built for the
Argent Lumber Co. of Hardeeville, South Carolina
in the USA. The Hardeeville tank was located in the mill yard and was used up
until the close of the road in 1956. The spout clearance was only 8 feet above
rail head and was used for engines such as the N.B. & W. 2-6-0 (imported by
L.M.B. some years back) which became Argent #2.
If additional height is
necessary for your application, one or more of the following changes from
prototype can be used: 1) the four (4) upright bent beams may be cut
higher/lower than prototype (see "high bent" drawing), 2) drop the track leading
to the tank and install a retaining wall as in the color photo, or 3) install
the tank with 1 spout on a hillside. Study the plans and read through ALL of the
instructions BEFORE any construction is started.
This Pump House kit was
originally designed by Tom Yorke with the help of Mallory Hope Ferrell's book
“ARGENT Last of the Swamp Rats.” Since the structure is square, the walls may be
arranged as you see fit. The drawings show it as near as we can tell it was. The
structure is a very simple one to assemble and should go together quite easily.
The majority of this kit is
a Thomas A Yorke original water/oil tank, wood, NBWs, a tank pipe/spout
assemblies, plumbing parts and detailed instructions and images.
O Scale kit will be the "Bellgrade Lumber Co" Water Tank in a few months. Right
now, we working on "the RUSTIC STONE & FRAME FACTORY" kits first in HO and later
in O Scale. Read about the progress in our DEBenLLC Newsletter (website, NOT
Pilot Model construction by Richard E. (Ben) Bendever and weathered using Doctor
Ben's Weathering Stains, Solutions & Pigments as described in the kit