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Looking for HO scale etched metal diamond pattern material

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Looking for HO scale etched metal diamond pattern material
Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Monday, June 22, 2020 2:41 PM

I am building a M.O.W. flatcar, and the prototype had a raised steel floor. The kind of stuff that you find in some heavy-duty truck beds and the like. Some pictures I have of it right before scrapping show patterns of circular round holds, but I would settle for anything... diamond patterns, holes, etc. I need enough to cover the entire floor of a 40' flatcar, and I don't want a lot of seems. 

Does any manufacturer make this stuff? Thanks.

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, June 22, 2020 3:00 PM

Benjamin Maggi
Does any manufacturer make this stuff? Thanks.

Canon & Co. makes some: 

https://shop.cannonandco.net/category.sc?categoryId=16

Scroll down to #2015

 Plano also has a selection:

http://www.planomodelproducts.com/scratch_scq.html

Another option for you and probably much easier to apply than etched metal would be Archer resin decals:

http://www.archertransfers.com/SurfaceDetailsHOscale.html

 

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, June 22, 2020 3:04 PM

You might try Royal-Model Diamond Mesh.  I’ve used it for several projects over the years.

Worked out pretty good for HO metal walkways.  I don’t remember where I got it, maybe the LHS now closed.


Mel



 
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Posted by mlehman on Monday, June 22, 2020 5:39 PM

PSC has offered several varities of safety tread over the years. They're under new management now, but worth inquiring if you need it.  It's offered in raised diamond and raised grid in several thicknesses in 5" x 7" sections.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Monday, June 22, 2020 7:29 PM

mlehman
PSC has offered several varities of safety tread over the years. They're under new management now, but worth inquiring if you need it. It's offered in raised diamond and raised grid in several thicknesses in 5" x 7" sections.

Yeah, their stuff is, I believe, photo-etched and rather nicely-done.

Here's a close-up view through a loupe, showing the diamond pattern...

The pattern is not cut-through the sheet, even though it appears so in the photo.  The brass sheet is .015" or .020" thick.

Wayne

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Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:57 PM

Thanks everyone! I now have several great leads!

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