More from Mike and his fabulous scratch builds

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.

Cheers,

Mike”

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.

Also – the ebay cheat sheet it goes mad this time of year. Have a look.

Best

Al

9 responses to “More from Mike and his fabulous scratch builds”

  1. Rod Mackay says:

    For a reasonable sized space, that track plan squeezes in a lot of track but doesn’t seem to have much operating potential. The red and white circuits just seem to go round and round with no connection to anything, and the blue offers only two short Spurs, enough to do a little switching but not to store full trains. I think you’d get a bit fed up with watching the same few trains just chasing their tails quite soon. If it was mine, I’d be thinking to make it one longer line with a couple of passing loops so trains could run both ways, meeting at the loops. With DCC this also offers the challenge of avoiding a “cornfield meet”!

  2. My only thought about the ‘test model’ is that it would probably be better to have the red circuit running at a lower level rather than a higher one, as at the higher level
    1) it makes the inner circuits harder to see.
    2) it gets in the way if you need to access the inner circuits
    3) whilst it is/was relatively common to see railway lines running on a hillside at different levels, it’s quite rare to see railway lines at different levels inside a hollow (apart from slate quarries, I can’t think of any).

  3. Antony says:

    Love the ribbing tool. I model in 4mm scale so a bit of dimensional adjustment and I’ll borrow the same method for my own models. Thanks Mike.
    Ant.

  4. Paul Case says:

    The making of the corrugated siding is not very clear. It seems as though some photos are missing. I recently saw a way to make this siding/roofing by using a tool that artists use to squeeze the last bit of paint from a tube of paint. I haven’t tried it but these roller /squeezers are available on Amazon for about $10

  5. Mike, I think your track layout is fantastic! I’m not a perfectionist like the other submissions are. I have two ovals going in opposite directions and that’s all I need! It gives me relaxation and enjoyment.
    Frank from Clermont FL

  6. Malcolm Hodgson says:

    Mike

    Consider putting in a link between the blue and red where they nearly meet at the waist of the layout (far middle as we view the photo) it will allow you to get trains on and off of the upper loop and give the blue trains departing grand central somewhere to go on their journey through life. Returning later by the same connection or even one on the other side. This will more than add a bit of interest in the operation as you could even then plan a short timetable to run too.

    As for the corrugated soda can idea. That’s a cracker! Cheap washers of the correct size for any scale. The result looks awesome. Well done.. O shall be ferreting that one away in my memory for later use when I get to the buildings in the Coliiery Yard.

    Regards

    Malcolm Hodgson
    North Wales

  7. Would love more information on the scrapbooking tool that you used to corrugate your cans (also for the paint roller/squeezer). Most of my models are 1/4 inch scale so this would be very helpful!
    Would also like more pictures of your old mill.
    The work you are doing is great — Inspirational!

    John from Cali

  8. Norman Rosen says:

    Your use of soda cans is shear genius, and the results are spectacular.

  9. don kadunc says:

    A great way for recycling. I’m going to start drinking more soda.

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