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Piko Water Tower

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I am considering getting the Piko Rio Grande water tower but I model in 1.20. I know the tower is roughly 1.22 scale but was wondering how close it really is. Now, i'm not a total purist when it comes to scale but i do like things to be "close".  If someone has a picture of one with a connie or climax in it for comparison it would be greatly appreciated. The water tower is a temporary fix. I want one so i can have my engine facility up and running, but right now i don't have the time to get one built. The piko one would be moved to a future location when all is said and done.

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I  built my own to 1/20th scale as the Pola one was too smal. It is based on a 10 liter paint buckety and the rest is plastic.

Having delved into the archives (which are very useful indeed) here is the link to it -


For some reason Ithe second part has disappeared, my aplologies for that, but as you can see the tank has been completed

Here are some photos of it

The Climax is a modified Bachmann one for scale.

one before painting, the 10 liter bucket is wrapped in 5mm sheet.

and one of the roof

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Posted By blackburn49 on 02/23/2008 5:08 PM
Posted By peter bunce on 02/23/2008 10:53 AM
I  built my own to 1/20th scale as the Pola one was too smal. It is based on a 10 liter paint buckety and the rest is plastic.

Very impressive that someone would do this. It is more trouble than I would go to, considering that somewhat similar ones are available on the open market. Nevertheless I have to admire the effort anyone would go to in order to reproduce one of these structures.  Nice work !

Hi Ron,  Not really you are quite far away from most of the USA. but at least Alaska is a state of it: I am even further away in England! Now the the US Mail has mucked uppost from the US (airmail only - thus expensive) , it is easier to build, iff I can get a plan. That was the case here, and I wanted a proper size version so a lucky find (the bucket (US measurement would be about 2 or 2.5 gallons) made it 'do able'.

As luck would have it via the blog site 'http://120pointme.blogspot.com'   Pacific Coast  (http://mysite.verizon.net/bryie/pcgrs/id2.html)  have just released one of 50,000gallons either a twin spout as at Chama, or a single spout - price as I expected is $529, and higher for the twin spout, and extra for a cedar shingle roof. They will be good: you can stand on them whilst the are being built - the top will preclude that when finished!

Their site does have some very nice photos - have a look, also the 'blog' is always interesting (no connection with either!)
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