Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by CN_Pete, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. CN_Pete

    CN_Pete Member

    I found a couple of old buildings, unfortinatly the evestroughs and down spouts are all broken or missing.

    Does anyone know where i can find material to make new ones all in HO scale.

    Thanks for any help.

  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

  3. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    For piping you could use sprue etc..
  4. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Rix Products makes a set of evestroughs and downspouts. They're fine, but don't give you much to work with. Really, you could do just as well with scratchbuilt parts. Get some Plastruct tubing or brass wire (not "music" wire - it's steel) for the downspouts, and some 1/2 round plastic tube for the troughs.

  5. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    Try your local recycle/secondhand/charity/junk shop/car boot sale/dumpsters, and look for an old umberella - the "spokes" work nicely
    Shortliner(Jack away up here in the Highlands
  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    I was frustrated in my attempts to find suitable material for gutters (evestroughs?) Val suggested half round and I had thought of that too, but at least the gutters I'm familiar with aren't that shape. I checked out U channel and eventually selected one, tho that's not correct either. I can't recall the size I used but it would be too large for a home or small structure, mine went on a large building and I thought it looked ok. I did buy a set, it may have been Rix, I don't recall, but for a structure 29" long, it was just silly! It would probably be your best bet for smaller buildings. Downspouts are easy if you want round ones, just use rod or tubing. But for the rectangular corrugated aluminum ones, I don't know of a source. If you have the patience, you could use strip styrene and use a straightedge to scribe the corrugations in. That would be fun.

    Good luck!
  7. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Wow Gary - scribed downspouts??? Now that's what I call super-detailing. :eek:
    And here I thought I was doing well even to have downspouts!!!

    Anyway, here's a shot of a house I scratchbuilt showing the Rix gutters and a downspout made from strip styrene (as opposed to round). Rix does provide downspouts but they didn't have the profile I needed.


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  8. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    That looks awesome Val, I was kidding about the scribing, I had thought of it and then thought better of it!
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    That is one nice house Val! Awesome work :D

  10. Brunob1

    Brunob1 New Member

    I used brass shim stock. The thinest shim stock can be cut with a hobby knife. I shaped mine over 1/2 round of the correct size.

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