Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by davidstrains, Nov 28, 2002.

  1. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    For Shamus, Tyson, and other scratchbuilders

    Do you generally build your windows for your structures or do you use commercial windows?

    The Shamus structure below in particular is my current project and I just wondered what the experts do.
  2. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

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  3. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    In HO I would use commercial and or scratch built windows.
    In N gauge I simply draw the glass frames on acetate sheet and stick them inside the structure. I use a draughtman's pen to do this.

  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    I use commercial windows like Grandt Line or windows from my odds and ends box, same with doors.
  5. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    I do both, some I do on the computer on clear but my favorite way is to buy cheapo models with good looking windows and doors and throw them in my scratch supplies, (you can accumalate at lot of stuff like this, barrels, scrap,etc.) I also like to use different size windows, to me it gives a better look! :rolleyes: :D :D
  6. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

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  7. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi David!
    That structure looks great!

    I usually use scrapbox windows for all my scratch/bashed projects...however, sometimes, you just don't have the right thing...
    I ran into this problem when I was building a flour mill for my N scale layout.
    I dug around through the house & came up with a great little trick for representing N scale windows...
    It's plastic mesh tape used for dry-wall joints.

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  8. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I just cut some pieces to fit, painted them, & then glued them to the inside of the structure with CA.
    I then glued some clear styrene to them to represent the "glass".

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  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    That's a great suggestion Charlie about the dry wall mesh. I know you have posted the idea before but it is timely to do it again as it is a very good one. Most times I just use MS paint to draw windows and print them out and past them on.
  10. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member


    Thanks for the comment on the structure. Actually that was a trial run to see if I "really " wanted to do S&B stuff. Shamus posted a plan for another gauger and I copied it on cardboard, cut it out, glued it together, and painted it. I liked it so much I did another piece to see what I could do for a packing plant industry. That is what you see. So now I am going to build that structure in wood and needed the window question taken care of.

    I had never thought of the mesh tape. I have a roll of that in the basement. Excellent idea. The "Gauge" comes through again!!!:) :) :)
  11. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi David,
    I have nearly always used Grantline windows for my structures. For the structure you are building now from my plans, they are N-scale station windows from grantline. I don't like making windows even in HO scale as I need a telescope to see them.:D


  12. Railery

    Railery Member

    i buy, use parts from other kits and scatch build for the frames. For the glass i use the clear acetate that comes with some kits, i always safe it. AND if u have a large wall with many windows i use Saran Wrap. Stretch it out on the back side and it clings great. No more fooling around with each window, one shot and u do them all :D :D
  13. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I made one scratch building using paper and pre-scribed plastic glued to clear plastic and cut plastic 1x2 s to make the widow frames and stuff.
    Never again.
  14. farmer ron

    farmer ron Member

    When I scratch build I use grant line windows, I find for the price you can not build them as good, unless you are into O scale or larger. Ron..
  15. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I'm pretty much like the majority......commercial or windows left over from kits.
  16. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Thanks for the comments and recommendations. I guess I will have to try each of the recommendations to get the "David" way. I know that the commercial details would be a lot easier but might not be as much fun.

    I will probably start a building project after the holidays. Will keep you posted.:) :)
  17. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I thot I'd revisit this thread because I stumbled upon some cheap kits. Some folks here said they like to get the windows from cheap kits. I think these POLA closeouts from may have been expensive to begin with. Anyone used these?
  18. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Jon, I have built some Pola N gauge buildings and found them acceptable but at times a bit over scale yet with a coat of paint they don't look too bad. I can't speak for the HO stuff though.
    If the price is right, why not. They don't have to be foreground buildings
  19. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I came across this site recently - they seem to have very good windows for Z-scale and are coming out with N-scale next - in photo-etched brass. Factory windows that actually open! Now that's cool.

    :D Val

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  20. Drew Toner

    Drew Toner Member

    Saw mill

    hmmm..... a saw mill for 9.99.....


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