A working station clock

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  1. clive_t

    clive_t Full Member

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    This is a resurrection of a little project from a few years back, which started from my son biting my watch and cracking the glass :(

    I was about to throw it out, but then had a bit of a think about how else I could make use of the mechanism. I came up with an idea for a working station clock.

    So to start with, step forward our willing volunteer:

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    Stripping the mechanism out of the case:

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    Phew, got there eventually :) :

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    So, what to put it in? Well, I am a big fan of Milliput, a 2-part epoxy putty which hardens rock-solid when fully cured. I managed to find an old ice-cube mould which fitted the bill perfectly. This gave me the basic shape for the casing, the aperture for the clock working was made simply by pushing a medium-sized battery into the putty whilst it was still soft:

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    Next, I decided it would be a good thing to have a removable front so that I could change the battery. I had some scrap clear acetate from a blister-pack of something, and together with an off-cut of plastikard, I came up with this for the front:

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    Finally, a quick coat of paint, and the maintenance team are able to get it installed:

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    Done!

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    I guess it would be possible to do this in smaller scales, it's really only limited by the size of the watch face. A lady's watch, for example, meeting a similar fate to mine, might be a good starting point for a 4-mil scale version.
    Just don't let her see you biting it :avatar:
     
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  2. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    That`s a great idea Clive..........well done..:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  3. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Fantastic thread. No excuse for trains running late down your way. :avatar:
     
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    ed Full Member

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    Clever, looks really good :thumbup:

    Ed
     
  5. ianvolvo46

    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Never seen that before Clive what a great thread especially the photos ... :tophat::tophat::tophat:

    Ian
     
  6. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    mmm A ladies watch..... only time will tell, I'm away to help my beloved clear out her drawers :avatar:

    Nice lateral thinking Clive, and I liked the Maint crew scene, would also help with the time not being correct.

    Paul
     
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    Clearly explained. Well done.

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  8. clive_t

    clive_t Full Member

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    Thanks gents, Paul the clock is right twice a day, that's more than I am in our house :hammer:
     

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