Need suggestion for metal roof

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by MasonJar, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi everyone,

    I'd like to make a corregated steel roof in N-scale. Does anyone have any suggestions? I tried making corregations in tinfoil, but it didn't work out too well.

    Any help would be appreciated... Robin... anyone?


  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Model Expo is selling a car repair shop in N scale that has lots of corregated steel and lots of glass. It selling for under $5, but right now they're running a sale, like 25 to 50% off most stuff. I built one, but I think it's too big for my layout so I'm going to save it for parts to scratchbuild with.

  3. Blake

    Blake Member

    Evergreen styrene makes corregated metal siding that can be used as a roof and they also have a standing seam roof kit.

    Evergreen Models Website
  4. billk

    billk Active Member

    I happened to notice the other day that the surface of ribbon cable, used in computers a lot, looks a lot like a corrugated roof (in some scale or another) - just needs to be painted the right color.
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    ewwwwwwww good eye Bill! I got tons of that stuff!
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member


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  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I found this thread by Trainclown when I used the search tool. Duh! Should have known it'd be here somewhere...!

    Thanks for all the suggestions too!

  8. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Andrew, even though you have heard from others and Trainclowns excellent tutorial, the only way I have done corrugated roof is the aluminum foil, some foam and a fine tooth comb which I dragged across the foil resting on the foam. Tricky but got enough to do what I wanted.
  9. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi Andrew!
    I've used Evergreen scribed siding to represent a metal roof...
    Here's a Model Power house that I kitbashed with this type of roof...

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  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks again for the suggestions. Here's what I did in the end:

    I combined the "stamping" process described by trainclown with the suggestion for the ribbon cable from billk.

    I sandwiched a piece of aluminum foil between two layers of the cable, making sure that the layers of cable were straight and "nested" together. Applied some pressure, and voila - corregated metal.

    It is a bit oversize for N-scale, but from a distance looks fine. It is a little fragile, but will work well with some care.

    Picture to follow...!

  11. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh NNNNNNNNnnnnnnnnn scale, you just need some ATA100 ribbon cable, it's about half the wire size. About $10 local, but only 1.50 here:

    ATA100 flat cable

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  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I forgot the penny, but this is about a 2" X 4" section. Used foil, so I think you could do a lot better with new. Might be better off painting the ribbon or using contact adhesive and pressing the foil into the ribbon cable. These are pretty fragile. The "fine" one looks about like the roofing material that comes in woodland scenics kits for HO.

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  13. billk

    billk Active Member

    Omigawd, what have I done? Created a corrugated tin jon-mononster?
  14. belg

    belg Member

    Jon I really like the look of the thinner lines was that created using the ata 100 cable?
  15. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Billk: ROFL! :D :D :D

    Belg: Yes, the thinner wired ATA100 cable.

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