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Making Your Own Corrugated Tin Roofing

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Posted by LarrySusanBuddyAndCharlie on Monday, April 12, 2021 12:20 PM

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or you can use a toothpaste tube squeezer or paint tube wringer. They're $10 on amazon   https://www.amazon.com/Toothpaste-Squeezer-Wringer-Artist-Painter/dp/B01MT2A6WP/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1535227906&sr=8-1&keywords=paint+tube+roller

Terry

 
 

 
I used a $7 toothpaste roller from Amazon. Works great and when I laid the aluminum result over HO scale corrugated I had here, it matched up perfectly in the grooves of the expensive store bought corrugated.
 
I used disposable foil pans to cut strips of the size I wanted and rolled it through the toothpaste squeezer.
 
And badda bing, badda boom! In less then five minutes I had enough corrugated for ten roofs or walls (think junkyard).
 
For the walls, I reinforced them with scale basswood strips. For the roofs, I used PVA to glue them in place, and then proceeded to use Rustall to give it the rusted look I wanted.
 
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Posted by hornblower on Monday, April 12, 2021 7:33 PM

I prefer to use "corrugated" sheet styrene.  Not only does if give you the desired surface finish but it doubles as the structural component.  It's difficult to damage, too.  Want the look of individual panels?  Just scribe the styrene to define the panel edges.  Add paint and rust-colored weathering approaching the lower edge of each (or some) panel(s) and you'll catch your layout visitors touching your structure trying to determine whether it's really individual metal panels or not.

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Posted by ndbprr on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 7:35 AM

Many years ago in the kinks column in MR it was suggested that using a file for the base and a piece of wood drawn across the aluminum foil on top of the file would create corrugated siding.

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Posted by dknelson on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:10 PM

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Many years ago in the kinks column in MR it was suggested that using a file for the base and a piece of wood drawn across the aluminum foil on top of the file would create corrugated siding.

 

 
I think that was the method used by Jack Work for his famous coal mine model.  There was no commercial alternative back then.
 
It lasted very briefly but there was a make of cigarette that came in a plastic pack that had corrugations of about the right size for HO, and guys would cut out the packs and use the pieces for corrugated siding and roofs.  It might have been Lark cigarettes ....
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