Troubles with stairs

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by WVRR, Oct 26, 2002.

  1. WVRR

    WVRR Member

    I'm trying to build flights of stairs between decks on my container ship but I'm not sure what the easiest or the best way is to do it. Does anyone know where to point me to help or give me suggestions. I'd rather scratchbuild them then buy them commercial.

  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Ed, Here's the easy way:D Central Valley makes stairs and steps and ladders in HO scale if that's what you're working in. You get a big bag full for around 10 bucks.
  3. WVRR

    WVRR Member

    Hehehe, guess it would help if I told you I model in N scale. Like I said, I'd rather not buy anything commercial if I can build it. Thanks for the info though, if all else fails, I'm sure I can order them in N instead of HO
  4. billk

    billk Active Member

    Ed - I imagine (I'm a land-lubber) that stairs on ships would be made of steel. How about using some styrene rods for pipes, and notching them where the steps would go? You could then use pieces of flat styrene for the steps. The rods could also be used to make handrails. Pretty fine work for N scale, though - a 2" diameter pipe would only be 0.0125" diameter and a 8" wide step would only be 0.05" wide.:(
  5. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    You might try steel wire for rails and fine screen for stairs an platforms and solder it together in a jig. Very fine work though. Tweezer city.

    Good Luck,
  6. WVRR

    WVRR Member

    Sounds easier just to install ladders between Well wish me luck, I'm gonna attempt some steel (styrene) steps.
  7. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Evergreen sells ladder and stair kits for less than $4.00. At least thats what I paid at my LHS. They can be cut to any length you need and could pretty much be used in any scale.
  8. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Ed: are the stairs like conventional house stairs, i.e. 45 degree angle, boards on the side to mount the steps from?
    I just saw an article (on caboose steps) and they made riser frames, mounted them inside a strip frame and added the steps.
    The riser frame is made by taking a length of 1x12 (or so), cutting teeth out of one side (alternate 45 degree cuts going in the step width) and then adding a full 1x12 on the outside.
    If this sounds good, I can check the article or draw a crude diagram for you.
  9. WVRR

    WVRR Member

    Through photos of the ship I'm basing this project on, it doesn't look like these stairs are 45 degrees. But if you could track down the article or show what you are describing, I'm sure it will be of use for my next scratchbuild project...finally, the massive size of the GMD Plant here in London Ont. It will be slightly condenced (did I say slightly...ROFL...yeah right) with a main module size of 2 feet by 4 feet just for the complex. That does not include the parking lot and the double track main passing in front of the plant. Kind of a big project. But with GMD along with Kellogg's, the Iron Ridge will have some big time revenue.
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    The article is in September 2002 Model Railroader. The diagram is on page 91.
    Is it possible I've seen your work? Have you been on the London layout tours?
    We had a tour of the London GM plant when they were building the locos for Britain. No pictures were allowed, but 2 months later a magazine has a whole illustrated spread.

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