STRUC­TURES

Model Rail (UK) - - Southern Steam at 50 -

The pro­to­typ­i­cal shed sit­u­ated far­thest away from the base­board edge is un­usual in that it has a ridge vent and ad­di­tional vents on each slop­ing roof. For a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion, and a way of de­vel­op­ing struc­tures from the toy end of the mar­ket, have a look at this mock-up. it shows how cladded sheet ma­te­rial, ap­plied to the ba­sic Hornby Loco/goods shed build­ing, might im­prove its pro­to­type ap­pear­ance and save you buy­ing new struc­tures. To de­velop the mock-up, i’d sug­gest the fol­low­ing: Model Scenery Sup­plies’ plas­tic tin sheet for roof­ing; ei­ther Dapol/air­fix ridge roof vent clad with the same ma­te­rial or a homemade vent, clad in the same way; a homemade wide-spaced rib joint to rep­re­sent as­bestos sheet­ing for up­per gable ends; and card­backed brick sheet, to cover over un­wanted aper­tures. ob­vi­ously, you’ll need to hack the struc­tures about a bit to cre­ate open­ings on the long wall side, for lo­co­mo­tive en­try, and to ad­just the width, ac­cord­ing to your re­quire­ments.

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