Cre­ate your own build­ings

Is scratch­build­ing as easy as some modellers claim? PETER MAR­RIOTT takes the plunge and tries his hand at cre­at­ing two struc­tures for his project lay­out.

Model Rail (UK) - - June 2016 Issue 222 - PETER MAR­RIOTT

Is scratch­build­ing as easy as some modellers claim? Peter Mar­riott takes the plunge and tries his hand at cre­at­ing two unique struc­tures.

Most of my pre­vi­ous lay­outs that have ap­peared in Model Rail over the years have fea­tured the same of type of build­ing: I’ve ei­ther used and adapted resin ‘ready-to-plant’ struc­tures or built or kit-bashed plas­tic, card­board and laser-cut kits. But the truth is I’ve been avoid­ing scratch­build­ing like the plague! Some­times, how­ever, scratch­build­ing is the only op­tion. And that’s the case for Project ‘Cromford Goods’, be­cause there are no ready-to-plant mod­els or kits avail­able of Cromford & High Peak Rail­way build­ings and struc­tures. I would have to give it a go... Scratch­build­ing of­ten sounds com­pli­cated, but many scratch­builders say that it’s quite easy. Allan Downes, for ex­am­ple, al­ways stresses how sim­ple his tech­niques are. I de­cided to test th­ese claims. I used Allan’s ba­sic method for mak­ing a build­ing - mak­ing a shell from card and cov­er­ing it, then adding a roof with separately ap­plied tiles and us­ing ready-made doors and win­dows. In this case, I used the in­no­va­tive Re­du­tex em­bossed sheet ma­te­rial along with laser-cut doors and laser-cut self­ad­he­sive roof tiles from York Model­mak­ing. This is scratch­build­ing, 21st cen­tury style! Mak­ing struc­tures from scratch takes a lot longer than us­ing kits but - and trust me on this - it’s a lot more sat­is­fy­ing. The real boon is that you end up with some­thing that will not ap­pear on any other lay­out. Right: ‘J94’ 0-6-0ST No. 68006 waits at the foot of Sheep Pas­ture In­cline be­fore de­part­ing with wagon loads of RCTS ‘High Peak Rail­tour’ par­tic­i­pants to meet the main train at High Peak Junc­tion on June 27 1964. The steep­ness of the in­cline is ap­par­ent as the line dis­ap­pears un­der the A6 road bridge, the two tracks di­vid­ing as they skirt round the catch-pit that was built af­ter a spec­tac­u­lar run­away. The ne­ces­sity for this pre­cau­tion was demon­strated by the fact that a bro­ken wagon was still in the catch-pit!

PROJECT ‘CROMFORD GOODS’ PART 3: CON­STRUCT­ING BUILD­INGS • MR219 De­signed track­plan • MR220 Choos­ing track

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