Discussion in 'FAQs' started by McFortner, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Ok, I've seen it mentioned and I have no idea what it is and either where I would get it or how I would make some. I would love to try and make some structures on my own.

  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hey Micheal, Stripwood as we define it in model railroading is better called scale lumber. Most any good trainshop will have it.
    Comes in sizes from 1x2 on up.

    Stripwood in general hobby parlance is simply that....blasa,bass or spruce wood in strips 1/8x1/8, 1/4x1/2, 1/8X5/16 etc and so on.....

    You can also get scale lumber in styrene.....Made by Evergreen...Lots of hobby shops stock it.

    HO or N scale lumber is rather hard to cut unless you have a special saw with an Accurizer fence and special blades and plates for the saw. I have one of the @@#$% things but all actuality I haven't cut any lumber in years as I prefer to work with styrene.
  3. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Michael,
    My stripwood is made by "Billings Boats" and is 1/8" wide by 1/64" thick. I make all my scratchbuilt structures with this wood and a tube of "Evo Stick glue" (Contact)
    Here a photo of one using this wood, even the roof shingles were made out of the stripwood cutting them into 1/8" squares.
  4. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    Very Nice Shamus!! New model?
  5. Michael,

    If you don't have a hobby/train shop nearby, you can order stripwood from the Walther's Catalog and Walther's Terminal Hobby Shop.

    Three of the better known suppliers of wood stripwood on this side of the Atlantic are Kappler, Northeastern, and Mt. Albert. As Vic indicated, Evergreen is one of the better known suppliers of styrene stripwood.

    Shamus, that's a great looking structure.

    I've not heard of Billings Boats before. Are they located in the U.K.?
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Some of the artsy-craftsy hobby jobby places have it in real dimmensions (not scale lumber) which is fine for most things. I like basswood because it's strong and it's fine grade looks good. Balsa is soft and easy to work with but the grain is huge and it looks funny. I bought a bunch of it at hobby lobby, similar to what Shamus described. I used it to construct my version of The Box and the tank car I recently posted under scratching and bashing.
  7. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Shamus....Obviously The Master has struck again:D Beautiful Model:) :)

    I'm familar with Billings Boats....Extremley high quality materials and ship kits. Coludn't keep them in stock when I had the hobby shop.
  8. tomfassett

    tomfassett Member

    Another source of "old wood" for those of us too cheap to buy it "ready made...";)
    When I started modeling, my weekly budget was extremely limited so I always looked for ways to do things "on the cheap." I would see a lot of old furniture thrown away while I was out wandering around in the desert. I began to notice (as I'm sure many others have) that weathered and peeling wood veneer looks a lot like miniature weathered wood when cut up. As there was a surplus of tossed furniture around I began to collect pieces. These pieces range anywhere from paper thin (the cheap furniture) to 1/16" thick (the good stuff). The thin stuff makes a great way to detail an existing structure that does not need support. It can also be cut with a pair of scissors. The thick stuff can be used for making buildings, just like the stuff you buy. Now, I admit, there is more work involved in "reclaiming" veneer, but for those of us on a limited budget, it is an alternative.
    Here is a pic of a MOW flat I am working on showing a layer of thin veneer applied to the top. Although it doesn't look as good in the low detailed picture, it is quite good looking in reality.

    Tom F

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  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    If you are modeling in HO or smaller, most of the cutting can be done with a "chopper" from Northwest Short Line (NWSL). Larger pieces can be cut with a razor saw, and miniature mitre box.
  10. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Phil,
    No, that was made around 5 years ago, don't have it anymore, broke it up for parts for a new project.
  11. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Ouch. That hurt. I'm gunna have a nasty bruise. Next time warn me so I can hold my jaw so it won't hit the floor so hard :D :D :D Next time you have the urge to break something like that up, maybe you should take my meds!
  12. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    realy shamus you could have sold that and had stripwood out the you know what:D :D :D :D rich

    ps that hurt too:D
  13. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    ...Broke It Up??


    If something that nice had come from my workbench, it would have been a coup!:) :)

    I'm willing to bet that the next, resulting structure was even better than the one broken up....:D
  14. tomfassett

    tomfassett Member

    Hey Shamus... As most of the stripwood comes bright and shiny clean, how about some pointers on how to weather it like you do?

    Also, next time you need parts, send me the built structure and I'll send you an equivalent pile of parts (you tore it up?!? Lord have mercy...):eek: :rolleyes:

    Tom F
  15. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

  16. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    At least he didn't do that will the last structures he built!!;)
  17. tomfassett

    tomfassett Member

    Wow, I missed a lot of the Academy stuff. I just realized you have to change the filter to "view all posts" or not everything shows up...
    Thanks for the info!

    Tom F
  18. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    And shamus has even more on his site, once you read through the academy :D :D :D What a resource this is. When I did a layout in the 70's I had virtually no contact with any other modelers. No LHS and no magazines. Now I can ask real experts if I don't see it already written up. The Gauge rocks!!!

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