Thursday, November 21, 2019

Crossing Shanty Part II

In the first post, I outlined how I determined the dimensions to build the two story crossing shanty at Elm Street.

Once I had the parts, and I had beveled the edges, I used a Right Clamp to assemble the basic tower.

I paid close attention to the belt rails and the clapboard siding in lining this up, since I could easily file the top and/or bottom of the tower if needed.

Using scale 1"x2" strip styrene, I started adding the belt rail and the corner trim,

I did the belt rail first, because that looked like it was done that way on the prototype, and then the corner trim. I use a piece longer than needed, glue it in place, then cut off the "handle."

I also test fit the stairs, gluing it on with Aleene's Tacky Glue, and I can easily remove it. I then tested the size on the layout, and it looks good.

Next I started the roof. Instead of looking up the math online, I started by drawing out the footprint on a piece of cardstock, allowing for a 1-scale-foot overhang. I then measured up a 2 scale foot line up past the center point, and cut out triangles to that point.

I thought those triangles looked like they would be too tall, so cut out a set of shorter triangles (about 1-scale-foot shorter). I used Aleene's again to glue them together and test.

I thought this looked too flat, so I split the difference between the short and tall triangles, and cut the final pieces out of .010" styrene.

I also added a square piece from .030" styrene on the inside that sits just inside the walls, to strengthen it and keep it centered on the model.

Next up, adding details.

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