corrugated steel building

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Iles, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Iles

    Iles New Member

    I am planning a small car shop and would like to find a kit that uses corrugated steel panels....if I can't find a kit, does anyone know if you can purchase panels of this type for scratch building? Any links or help is greatly appreciated!
  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    i saw some streamer type material for sale at a party supply store that would make good corrugated metal.

  3. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    I don't remember where I saw it, but I think it was one of our fellow posters who used old discarded computer ribbon cables to simulate corrugated building siding-- Works very well!

    I'd give that a try. Grab some old floppy disk drive or hard disk drive ribbon cables that are no longer being used, cut them up into siding panels, and walla!
  4. Iles

    Iles New Member

    Hey, great idea! I probably would have never thought of that! THANKS
  5. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Tom is right. It was here on the Gauge some time ago that one of our members showed how he built this structure of computer cables. It looked great.

    If this method proves not to be right for you, you find corrugated plastic and metal sheets of various manufacturers at Walther’s.
  6. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

  7. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member


    If you look around you'll find that cardboard comes in a finely corrugated size. I got a whole bunch of it from non-standard, thin flouresent tubes, Just paint it silver and it looks more like metal that metal!



    I don't have a pic of one of my aluminum panels, but it looks pretty good to my eye.

  8. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member


    Thanks for the assist! Yep that's the thread. Good eye! :thumb:
  9. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Like Engineer Kyle said, the cardboard works great. And its easier to find that cut that you think. Do you ever get a starbucks cofee? You know that thing they put around the cup? Peeeerfect! I always snag those when I can.

    Gotta love free

  10. Iles

    Iles New Member

    Good stuff - I wouldn't have thought of myself....
  11. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

    The LHS has all sizes of corrugated styrene - big ripples to very, very small ones. I like re-purposing other stuff but when I can't find it this works great and is not too expensive.
  12. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I have seen corrugated foil in the hobby shop, but I can't remember who made it.
  13. slagpot

    slagpot Member

    Folks I have a sure fire way to make tons of the structure covering . If you have a freind/buddy/ someone whos getting rid of a big screen TV. Before they cart this TV off to the dump,snag it. The protective screen that goes over the projection screen is a piece of 3' X4' scratch builders corrugated metal very close to HO scale if not dead on it. I have a ton of this stuff,collected from my job.

    I'll take a picture of it today and post some.

    Dragon River Steel Corp {DRSC}
  14. Chris Beard

    Chris Beard Member

    I don't see anything wrong with Campbell models corrugated strips.
  15. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I think that they're great, only thing wrong is the price my LHS sells them for.
    Here's a pic of a Campbell's Idaho Mine Kit covered with them.
  16. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

  17. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    You can also crease heavy-duty foil between the computer cables to create thinner, "scale thickness" panels if desired. I have done that for roofing.

  18. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Hey Doc, what is your local shop? Roger's in Lodi?

  19. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Happy Thanksgiving Tom,

    Yeah, Roger's in Lodi is the only "LHS" around, now that the tiny little train shop in Pacific Bowl has gone out of business. Only Roger's isn't Roger's anymore. He expanded it into the space next door, mostly for radio controlled cars and then sold it about a year ago. Appears everything else is the same, just new owners. I occassionally (1-2 per year) get up to Bruce's in Sacramento. Where to you shop?
  20. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    I *usually* shop E-bay, but when I buy locally, I hit Roger's (or Railroad Junction now I suppose it's called). I've always really enjoyed the shop and Roger and Nancy are great people. His prices are a little steep usually, but when he would have a sale, it was a good one. And since I live on West Lane near Swain, it's just a hop down the road for me to go into Lodi. I just went there last week for the first time in 3 years and the lady that runs it now seems really personable and the selection is even better now. I haven't bought much lately, because working on the real things all the time, you get kind of burned out, but I had also been buying a lot (usually on order) from the museum in Portola since I am working up there so often and I get a great discount.

    Alicia bought some scenery stuff at RR Junction last week for her little church diorama for the new layout when we went, but I didn't buy anything. Alicia couldn't believe it.

    I don't like Bruce's at all. My brother in law and I went there once and he is a career Conductor and I am a career Engineer/Brakeman/Switchman/Conductor and now trainer and a life long model railroader, and when I was looking at one of the layout displays there, I guess I got too close for the guys behind the counter to it (I never touched anything though) and they both started yelling at us and asked us to leave. Really rude and arrogant. I was having a bad day anyway as my daughter had just died that morning, and Alicia was in the hospital in bad shape, and Mike and I had stopped in there to pick up some magazines to take back to the hospital and get some lunch at the shopping center there. We popped in mainly to relax for a minute and try to take our minds off Jacque, but after that, we left and I will never return. THe previous time, I called there to see if they had any left of the resin WP/CCT hoppers they had made and the guy was really rude said "Come up here and look" and hung up. Apparently they don't want my business, not if they are going to treat me like a grabby little kid and run me off. To hell with them, Railroad Hobbies in Roseville and Railroad Junction in Lodi are much better shops in my opinion anyway.

    What part of Stockton are you in?


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