| exPalaceDog wrote:|
|Which scale (and maybe guage) do you is the best for scratch building freight cars?|
I found this question just a little puzzling; I am an N Scaler and if I wanted to scratchbuild an (operating) freight car I would naturally build it in N Scale - in HO Scale if I were modeling in HO Scale - and O Scale if I were modeling in O Scale. There are, however, two exceptions to this; if I were interested in a contest quality model I would probably elect to do it in O Scale, when all is said and done, because of the ability to render detail; and, if I were going to build some sort of a display model I would probably also do it in O Scale although HO Scale would probably be large enough to get the necessary detail associated with display models.
|Which materials (wood, plastic, brass) are best to |
use in scratch building freight cars?
There appears to not be a lot of work done these days using brass for the construcion of freight cars; brass seems to lend itself better to the scratchbuilding of passenger cars. Styrene seems to be the material of choice when it comes to scratchbuilding freight cars.
Styrene and glue do not go together like hand in glove - sodom and gomorrah - love and marriage - damon and pythias - pick any combination you want - to me; styrene and glue always seems to end up spelling MESS so I tend to stay away from that combination and, were I to go to scratchbuilding freight cars, I would probably give wood my first shot. I did construct a few N Scale passenger cars in styrene based upon procedures advocated by a Gordon P. Frederick in the NMRA bulletin back when Custer was a cadet - but Mr. Frederick's procedure required a minimum of gluing.
|And what about building structures such as stations?|
I don't seem to have nearly the problems with MESS when using wood which has been my choice of building material for scratchbuilding structures for many years now - the last plastic kit I remember assembling was back when that same Custer mentioned earlier was still a cadet. There is nothing like wood to represent wood; I know of no 1:1 plastic buildings but I do know of many, many 1:1 wood buildings and I have had excellent results -in my humble opinion, of course - working with wood. I have put together one brick building using some of the old
Holgate and Reynolds building sheets affixed to - are you ready for this? - styrene; I was not unduly impressed with the final results and am currently working on etching a stainless steel jig which will impress brick detail into basswood.