includes Supplement to build Turntable for both Standard & Narrow Gauge for use
in the below Color-Cast Turntable Pit.
Doctor Ben's Split Granite Wall Turntable Pit *SECONDS*
Over time we have assimilated some orphan Turntable Pits--some with issues &
others not. Individual images & descriptions are in the below table. PLEASE ASK
Questions before making a purchase and incurring the expense of having the Pit
mailed to you and you not receiving what you were expecting. Each of the six
Pits are "one-of-a-kind" and cannot be replicated. Buy two or three or four and
we may be able to do you a break on price. Thanks again for your business!
#1 Second generation Doctor Ben's
Turntable Pits were cast in Urethane resin natural color casting 12' sq x 1-1/8'
thick-This Pit's track ring has dibbits (SEE PHOTO) that are easily disguised by
rail ties & weathering. Otherwise, great deal! 3lbs
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Original Doctor Ben's Turntable Pits were Labstone natural color casting 12' sq
x 1-1/8' thick with rail/track ring. The Micro Engineering weathered Track &
ties are not attached. Another great deal! 5lbs
This pit was an experiment to create a Pit floor with a "slump"
in it. Did several of these for customers which do look good and accommodates a
Labstone natural color casting
12' sq x 1-1/4' thick with rail/track ring-concave pit floor/ Track & ties are
not attached. 7lbs
Labstone natural color casting 12'sq x1-1/8'
thick no pit floor with rail/track ring-Track & ties are not attached. 5lbs
color casting 12'sq x1-1/8' thick no pit floor with rail/track ring-Track & ties
are not attached. 5lbs
An Original Doctor
Ben's Turntable Pits were Labstone natural color casting still in its shrink
color casting 12'sq x1-1/8' thick shrink wrapped. 5lbs
Turntable pits don't
have to be scary projects that tend to fall into pieces just when you are about
to back your precious, expensive locomotive out of its stall. And with the
quality products that Doctor Ben's uses, you needn't have to worry about a
twisting, warping pit when you least expect it!
This pit's inner
wall has been meticulously constructed using Doctor Ben's Baby Building Blocs.
from the Kit Instructions:
Preparing the Turntable Pit
Each of these pits
are cast in a very high and stable resin. This is done so that you will not have
to worry about things warping and twisting around long after you have installed
this pit into your layout. Still, the pit that you have received may (probably)
have some tiny voids that were bubbles as result of the casting process.
Typically, we pressurize our castings to pretty my void out these pockets.
Unfortunately, the size of this pit does not fit our pressure pot, so there are
a couple of things that you can do to remedy this situation.
First, a tiny clump
of grass/weeds picked up with small pointy tweezers and a dab of super glue
pointed into the void makes it disappear right away! Another idea is to use a
small Dremel bit and a dental pick to make the pockets more ragged like the
split granite and aged over time and chunks have fallen off. These two ideas are
what I prefer to do.
If you are looking for
that relatively new look (and what layout full of un-weathered buildings &
rolling stock isn't) a small dab of Squadron White putty or Testors Puddy with a
small spatula will make quick work of the gaps. If you are not into those fancy
puttys/puddys might we suggest using some paintable caulking or wood filler from
the Big Box store instead'
This Doctor Ben's
Fine Scale Turntable Pit is fairly simple to install. Cut a 12' square hole
where you would like the pit positioned in your layout; build up some framing;
test the fit of the pit and get all the wiring ready to hook up.
Begin priming and
weathering as per the Doctor Ben's 'How-To #1: Turning Toys into Models'
booklet. Install circular piece of track (a two-gallon bucket will help you
curve the metal track) and test fit (a few strategically placed pilot holes with
track nails as locating pins aids this process well) and cement into place with
some 5-minute epoxy. Weathering will hide any epoxy that seeps out.
The dimensions of this Turntable Pit are 12" square overall with the pit
dimensions of 9.125" diameter by 15/16" to the floor of the pit. The rail lip
that you see in the image is 0.093" high by about 5/16" wide. the individual
3/32" BBBs are staggered as not to overlap joints.