feedback on scratch built small mine

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Chad, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. Chad

    Chad Member

    I had some spare time this weekend and built a shack and a winch tower. I think it looks "okay" but the shack is missing a chimney. It's supposed to be 16x16 scale feet, it just looks too big to me. :rolleyes:

  2. stripes

    stripes Member

    scratch build

    They look good in the pictures, a great start! Details really make a structure stand out!
    I belive a shack would have had a pot belly stove with a smoke jack rather than a chimney
    such as this,

    Just my opinion :D

  3. randythawkins

    randythawkins New Member

  4. Chad

    Chad Member

    Yeah all the beams are about 2mm thick, so that's about a foot, ok for the beams but not the roof. Maybe I should use posterboard or cerial box cardboard?

    How do people simulate a tin roof?
  5. randythawkins

    randythawkins New Member

    well, I'm kinda new to this scratchbuilding stuff so I've been doing a lot of lurking here and other places so take what I say with that knowledge...I've seen cereal box used. You could cut it to the correct size. The downside is that the box, itself, does not look like wood so using it by itself may not result in a completed wood-like look.

    I've seen roofs made by using paper bag or aluminium foil - both with very nice results.

  6. berraf

    berraf Member

    Looks good and it seems that you've done the best of your spare time.
    It's always fun to make something from scratch :)
    As said in previous answers, I also believe the size of the timber is a little bit to wide.
  7. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    You can buy corrugated tin sheets in HO, don't know about N scale. I've also seen folks use ribbon cable from scrapped computers to model corrugated tin.

    As for cardboard, check out this site. I've used his technique to age plastic, don't know why it wouldn't work on cardboard if you sealed it first.
  8. stripes

    stripes Member

  9. Chad

    Chad Member

  10. RC BOAT

    RC BOAT New Member

    I would try using thinner material such as carboard for the roofs, then for a tar paper look, buy a sheet of wet/dry sandpaper (black) in a fine grade (1200 to 2000 grit from auto parts store) cut to size and glue it to cardboard, then weather it.
    For a corrogated material wrap tin foil around the threads of a bolt, carefully flatten out and cut to look like panels, glue to card board and weather. You can tear a corner, bend a corner, punch a hole in it to look rustic. You can also soak tin foil in vinegar for a few days to seriously etch it and eat away at the edges. After weathering either of these give it a shoot of Testor's Dull Cote to take any shine off.
  11. Chad

    Chad Member

    Great tips! Thanks a ton! I know NOTHING about how to weather something other than leave it out in the yard LOL
  12. randythawkins

    randythawkins New Member

    Question - I been soaking some foil (reynolds aluminum foil) in vinegar for several days now and all I have is wet foil. What could I be doing different (wrong) from your comment above?

  13. RC BOAT

    RC BOAT New Member

    It worked for me, try setting it in the sun to warm it up, just don't let it dry out. The acid in the vinegar should react with it.
  14. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    16' x 16' is big for a shack ... seems to me. But your models look pretty good.
  15. randythawkins

    randythawkins New Member

    Thanks George. I'll try the sun. I've already put a lid on the container because the wife and kids were complaining about the smell in the kitchen.


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