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Corragated Roof Material Tool

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by Dave Harris, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

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    I'm not sure I spelled that right , but I'll bet you get the drift of what I'm trying to post here.
    An ongoing theme on here is HOW do I make this roof material? Or who sells it? Any one sell it reasonable?
    Here is a little doo dad that most anybody can whip up to make all the material they will ever want using Kitchen foil. I reccomend Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty-- it seems to be the strongest OR I have used & I really like the aluminum Foil repair tape -- kinda like duct tape--- It's really super but a bit shiny so you will have to scuff it with Sandpaper OR etch it for a rusted effect, works on the renoylds wrap as well.
    I made this from 1/4 X 1/8 brass bar, top & bottom are 1/4 square. You can see the two small pieces of channel in the top half, they are to keep the threaded "pressure bar " from turning, as the ends of the bar are ground flat to slide but not bind or twist & do have to be pretty close tolerance for side to side movement as well.
    If I recall correctly the threaded rod I used to make this was 2/56 but depending on scale other sizes could work . 2/56 is perfect for HO.

    To use it you must get the two screws to "mesh" , thats why the stationary screw is slotted -- once its lined up it pretty well stays ok -- I had not used this in 3 -4 years till just now & It needed no adjustment.
    The whole tool is about 1 1/4 X 1 1/2 excluding the screws.
    To use it just cut a strip of foil, slip it between the screws & tighten the pressure screws down a bit & gently , steadly pull the foil thru. You tear a few now & then but foils cheap!

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  2. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

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    Oh , I forgot to say that wetting the foil with a little water with some liquid soap helps a bit.
  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    The results look great, and the little dings here and there make it look authentically used.

    Nice trick.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    I have made similar roofing by pressing foil between ribbon cable out of a computer.

    Some modellers here have even used the ribbon cable itself painted up as corregated roofing.


    Andrew
  5. nachoman

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    I made roofing material by wrapping really thin brass sheet around a bolt. At least that's what I remember doing...

    Anyway, this tool looks great, and is excactly what I am going to need (eventuallly). I've got a few mine type industrial buildings to build, and that campbell corrugated roofing will get expensive!

    Thanks for posting this. Hopefully I can remember it when I need it :)

    Kevin
  6. Dave Harris

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    I was just looking at the tool again, I don't think I used 2/56 rod on this one , more like 3/48 or 4/40. I've got another one with 2/56 . It is more suitable for N scale. I remember the threaded rod came from a shop that sold R/C aircraft supplies , they use a lot of it for control pushrods.
    No matter what scale you work in the same idea will work , just pick the thread size that will give you the correct spacing for your scale.
  7. Triplex

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    Another great idea I've never seen in a book.
  8. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

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    I think I just found another use for this material in an N scale configuration. I have been working on converting an HO wiking bus ( Mercedes I think ) into a greyhound mid 40s type. The model with the pontoon like front fenders --- they had some extruded trim similar to the later silversides. I think a piece of foil in a 2/56 rib would just about do it.
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    I work in N scale and I have a piece of Evergreen plastic roofing..I just tape a piece of pretty good quality paper to it and with a bamboo stick it trace the groves it to the paper[sounds like it would take a long time but you can do it in a couple on minutes] then spray it with cheap rattle can silver paint from the $ store and cut into size you need...

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    This is a body shop I made from 1/2 a paper towl roll and covered with paper...Jerry
  10. Dave Harris

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    The body shop looks good. I never said I had the only way to skin a cat.:yep:
  11. Dave Harris

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    I thought that mentioning this thread about this tool when I was asked in my service station thread about corrugated metal might have gotten a few folks to look at it & hopefully a few might get built but I guess not.
  12. BillW

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    Dave,

    I sure admire your creativity!

    Next time I build something requiring corrugated metal, I'll definitely try building a variation of your jig. While my jig would probably be a bit rougher than your device, I'll see what I can do with some machine screws. I was considering making my own metal sheet with a comb and foil, but this looks a whole lot more predictable. I'll be building a grain elevator model soon and I'm sure some of the side structures could use a metal roof.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    -Bill
  13. Hot Cinder

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    nice little fixture! :winter1:

    HC
  14. shruthi80

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    Re: Corragated Roof Material Tool

    Thanks for sharing ideas and thoughts over here on Roofing. I too interested in searching more information on Roofing.
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    Kitchen foil works great as well, when I got new roofing done on my home, a lot of scrap pieces were generated, so instead of just throwing them out, I recycled them and use it as roofing material, or for what ever else I might need materials for.
  16. Sawdust

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    Here is a method I use for HO scale when I don't need a whole lot of material because it's a little hard on the fumbs.:thumb: I start out scoring the heavy duty aluminum foil instead of cutting all the way through.
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    Next I just break them apart. I like this method better because it gives a better cut rather than just getting a few through cuts & ending up with a dull blade.
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    Here you can see I use the body part of a pin vise. I just simply wrap it around while pressing with my thumbs.
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    When you make one complete wrap the material wants to stick. I just pull this away & as it rolls around it follows down the other side out of the way.
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    It comes off looking like a bunch of curls but once I slid it through my fingers it straightens out flat.
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    I figure a few thumb cramps is worth the money saved for a small project. I hope this is helpful & thanks for viewing!
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    jim, that is a great idea. I ran to my tool box to see if I had a size that would work for O scale, didn't, but will keep it in mind for sure.

    thanks
    John
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    I use the coffee holders from star bucks for my 1/35 scale dioramas.