latest effort

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by davidstrains, May 1, 2003.

  1. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    I found another source of materials while cleaning out an office file the other day. We used "invitation" sized cards to send out new product announcements. the company logo changed so these cards were no longer needed. They became the materials for the Matthyro Freight Terminal that will be one of several backdrop buildiings behind my yard. Here is the card stock.

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  2. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    and here is a rear view of the construction project. There are 118 windows in the building. I used the fiber glass drywall tape for the pane dividers and pieces of the plastic covering for a bulk pack of ink-jet printer ink for the "glass. The structure is about 18.25" x 5.5" x 1.25". The covering is a "brick" paper made from the pattern that TomPM sent several months ago.

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  3. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    and here is the structure. I still need to add the doors but I wanted to put it on the layout because I am expecting the "Gauge" car any day now.

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  4. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    another view

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  5. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    and a last shot.
  6. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    oops - fast finger:)

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  7. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    amazing, beautiful, what else can I say, hmmm..... of course, WOW. :D :D
    Really nice work David

  8. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    That is huge!! Not a bad idea for the windows either. Must remember that one. :)
  9. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Great work David. You must have lots of room on your layout for somthing like that.
  10. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member


    The yard piece is about 8' long but I only left about 1 1/2" between the last track and the wall which was not too smart. It rather limits what can go in there. And I didn't want to use one of the background posters. I think that I will put 2 more smaller units in there for effect. I am watching the Walthers (THS) mailers and the MR ads for ideas. I am naming these structures for the "cardboard" builders here on the Gauge.
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Wow David that is beautiful work! Great idea for the windows too. I think that windows are the hardest part of scratchbuilding, unless you have $$$ for Grant Line that is.

    Really well done!

  12. chapmon

    chapmon Member



    I'm currenly building an industrial style building, and I think your effort with this building is simply breath-taking.

    I like your ideas and hope you don't mind if I copy them.

    What size are your windows and doors, and what spacing did you use. It look's just perfect to me for an industrial warehouse/
    mfg type building. I too don't have a lot of space (2' deep) around the walls, and am always looking for unique ideas.

    Any of the other modelers out there who have a great idea, I'm all ears!!!:cool: :cool: :cool:
  13. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member


    mind? heck no:) :) :) That is what the Gauge is all about. I am using a lot of techniques in my buildings that I have picked up from other Gaugers here in the various forums. Copy away.

    I built the small windows on this structure 1/4" wide by 7/16" tall space 1/4" apart for the most part.

    The middle sized windows are 13/16" x 11/16" again spaced 1/4".

    The large windows are 13/16" x 1 1/16".

    The small doors are 1/4" x 7/16" The freight doors are 9/16' x 11/16".

    Remember I am modeling N-scale here. Your results may vary, etc. etc.

    My small windows in this structure are actually about 1/8" to large. They are supposed to represent an opening of about 3'x6'.

    I measured one set then traced the other and made the second set too wide. But the effect is okay. There are supposed to be 8 window panes instead of 10 but if you didn't know better you probably wouldn't notice it.

    Watch out for the scratch-building bug:D :D :D It is known to bite hard:D :D :) :) :)
  14. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Very nice indeed David! Not only looks good, it looks "right"!!! :cool:
  15. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    David that's excellent! It reminds me a lot of a large building across the tracks from the St. Paul Amtrak station. Nice work!
  16. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member


    very nice david great job there:D :D :D rich
  17. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Thanks everyone for your comments. Is anyone an inventor of sharp items? I would sure like to see a window cutting devise for these little windows. It took forever and a couple days to cut those things. 4 xacto blades also. I am looking for a self seal cutting surface for a work bench also.
  18. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Have you tried a nibbler for the windows?
  19. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Haven't tried one yet. I guess I need to get one if I am going to make this a big part of my hobby:) :)
  20. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi David,

    I know that commercial printers use die cutters to cut slots or holes in paper and card stock. I don't know what it would cost you to get dies made, but it is probably more than 4 xacto blades.

    Alternatively, what about a matt cutter - like they use in framing shops?

    As for cutting surfaces, my wife "donated" one of her (many) cutting mats that she uses for quilting. It is a small one - only ~10"x12", but it has saved the surface of my desk. They are relatively inexpensive.

    The other idea I have heard about is to use a piece of masonite (I think). It is the brown board that is smooth on one side, and rough on the other. It is cheap enough that you can just replace it when it gets cut up. This is the stuff that NWSL(?) uses in "The Chopper".

    Hope that helps.


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