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Looking for N scale shiplap siding

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Looking for N scale shiplap siding
Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:26 PM

I am scratchbuilding a structure in N scale and the prototype has old, shiplap siding. I would prefer to use wood, as I think it would be easier to stain and weather, but styrene can work too. I have never scratchbuilt in N scale so I don't know what is out there. Can anyone recommend something suitable? Thanks.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:46 PM

Have you checked out Northwestern Scale Lumber:

https://www.northeasternscalelumber.com/

I would think that a simple strip lumber would work, as you not going to see the shiplap part.

Or do you mean clap board or lap siding, where one laps over the top of the one before it?

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:55 PM

I have built quite a few N Scale buildings from scratch.  I'm not sure about shiplap, but these pages for Evergreen styrene have just about everything else.

I found that at such a small scale, it's fairly difficult to see that different sidings make much difference.

https://evergreenscalemodels.com/collections/040-1-0mm-clapboard-siding

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Posted by groundeffects on Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:02 PM

Hi Benjamin,

I model in N scale myself, and tend to use styrene when I scratchbuild my own structures.  You may want to check out Evergreen Scale Models (building supplies), as they have a variety of different building siding that can be used for N scale.  

In late 2019 I posted a photo of a scratchbuilt N scale tank house for farming in MR's Photo Gallery. 

Here is that link:  http://cs.trains.com/mrr/m/mrr-layouts/2291903.aspx

Good luck!

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Posted by maxman on Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:37 PM

Evergreen makes N scale freight car siding.  I don't know how close to "shiplap" this is:

https://evergreenscalemodels.com/products/2020-020-opaque-white-polystyrene-freight-car-siding

 

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Posted by jjdamnit on Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:31 PM

Hello All,

Have you searched the Micro-Mark site under Ship Building Materials?

"N" scale ranges from 1∶148 to 1∶160.

Also, check out JTT Scenery Products. Look under the Architectural Model Parts>Plastic Pattern Sheets.

If you don't require actual 3-D texture peruse the Textures.com site for patterns that you can print and adhere to any surface.

This site does require you to become a "member" but many patterns are free to download.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by KitbashOn30 on Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:34 PM

Looking at these images from a real life siding maker, it appears any grooved material with groove spacing close enough will work because all you will see is the lines between siding boards,

 https://www.easttennesseebuildingsupply.com/shiplap-siding/

"Shiplap siding has a 1/2″ rabbet on opposite sides of each end. The rabbet allows the boards to overlap creating a channel that gives shadow line effects. You may choose a flush shiplap effect or create a gap such as the popular nickel gap. We offer new shiplap products in Eastern White Pine, Western Red Cedar and Cypress. It can be stained to complement your modern decor or painted for a subtle texture.

 

Available in random lengths 8′ to 16′."

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Posted by doctorwayne on Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:23 PM

Evergreen offers "Novelty" siding, which is fairly similar to shiplap, but I'm not sure if it comes in board-sizes suitable for N scale.  On the two structures shown below, the lighter grey boards above the board & batten material were done with Evergreen's "Novelty siding"...

(click on the photo to enlarge it)

EDIT: 

KitbashOn30
Looking at these images from a real life siding maker, it appears any grooved material with groove spacing close enough will work because all you will see is the lines between siding boards, https://www.easttennesseebuildingsupply.com/shiplap-siding/

Based on my mistake about shiplap, yes, Evergreen has scribed siding suitable for N scale  shiplap.  It lists the scribing as "car siding" in O or HO scale board widths. 

The sheets which I have are 6"x12" with the scribing parallel to the 6" edge of the sheets.

Item 3025 is shown as Passenger Car Siding, with HO scale board spacing of 2.25", with the sheets being .030" thick.  According to my N scale ruler, that's boards about 4" wide in N scale

Item 4037 is shown as Car Siding, with HO scale board spacing of 3.25", with the sheets .040" thick.  In N scale, that looks like 6" wide boards.

Item 3047 is passenger car siding, with O scale board widths of 2.25", and a thickness of .030".  In N scale, that'd be about 7.5" board width.

There may be other scribed widths available, but my older Walthers catalogue doesn't show them.

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:37 PM

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, February 26, 2021 7:43 AM

KitbashOn30
Looking at these images from a real life siding maker, it appears any grooved material with groove spacing close enough will work because all you will see is the lines between siding boards,  https://www.easttennesseebuildingsupply.com/shiplap-siding/

Exactly, as I mentioned above.  Yes

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Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Friday, February 26, 2021 3:22 PM

Thank you all for your help! It is much appreciated.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, February 26, 2021 5:44 PM

You might consider Board and Batten siding.  I think that's usually mounted vertically, but a 90 degree rotation is easy enough.  I've used some on plastic in HO and it looked fine.

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