Mike’s last post is here.
He sent me quite a few emails, and I managed to miss these (I think I get a gazillion emails a day).
“Good morning Alastair:
Here is the jig and roller I made to create raised rib roofing. The aluminum is a coke can, the jig is a piece of 18 gauge wire. The roller is a bolt with three washers. Time consuming but works well. The result is used on the “O” scale building.
This small model gives me a better idea of flow and structure. The actual lay out will be 90”x90”..
I just completed this after more than 10 months. It is an actual building in a town called Western, Nebraska. The building is an abandoned old feed mill.
I built it to capture the patina of this great old building. This is actually in “O Guage”.
I built the Skelton like a timber frame to skin the building. I completely sheathed the structure before putting the corrugated siding.
The siding is aluminum from soda cans. I cut the cans open, flattened and corrugated with a scrap booking device. The standing rib roofing required me to make a fixture to hand make each one.
Again, the soda can is the source of the Aluminium. I made all the windows and doors from scrap wood. The power pole is a chop stick with electronics parts from and old computer to represent the power transformers.
This one was labor intensive siding the underlayment, make each corrugated siding and roof panels.
The separating funnels Are dowels I turned down on my drill press.
My word – amazing stuff. Just loved what Mike’s done with his abandoned mill – so much character.
And how clever to create a ‘study model’ for the layout too. Can’t wait to see this layout progress. Fingers crossed Mike will keep us posted.
Please do leave a comment for Mike below!
That’s all for today folks. Please do keep ’em coming. And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want your layout to be the best it can be.
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