Maiking HO scale gutters/downspout

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by rustyrails, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. rustyrails

    rustyrails New Member

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    Adding gutters give a sense of realism but since that's almost the last step in structure building, i always lose patience and skip it. However, i was trying to find a easier and quicker way to add this detail and wanted to share this method.

    I used plastic-coated stem wire that i got from the fake flower section at Michael's (or any other craft store). It seems to be slightly thicker than a commercial HO scale downspout but it does the work.
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    I used black contruction paper as the gutter. I folded the card and cut a small strip along the fold, like a V channel. I just eye-balled the width but it came to 6" real scale.
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    I applied glue on the inside of the roof edge and then stuck the gutter on one side of its V.
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    I then cut the plastic stem wire (using pliers) and glued it onto two small rectangles of constrcution paper and also glued the top, where the gutter meets the downspout. The two small rectanles gives the impression that brackets are holding the downspout.

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    This is a quick and simple method to add some detail to an otherwise "flat"
    structure. The only disadvantage of this wire method is that its tough to get the wire to be a perfect straight line. I could get mine to be almost straight but not quite, however a litte imperfection gives it that real-life feel!

    Let me know, if there are any other ways to improve this technique..
    Thanks
    Don
  2. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

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    Very creative idea, they look great! Those are just the kind of details that provide visual impact much greater than their small size, cost, and construction effort. :thumb:
  3. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

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    Good idea, and very well done :thumb:.
  4. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

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    Very nice. It definitely adds more to the structure than it probably took to make it!

    I'll definitely think about this on the station I'm building.
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    That looks good! Thanks for the idea!
    Ralph
  6. MadModeler

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    Great job there.:thumb: Very realistic looking. And very well done. Thanks for sharing this.
  7. minbas

    minbas New Member

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    Thanks for the idea!
  8. Fluesheet

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    Run some thin CA into the gutters - it'll permeate the paper, and though it takes a while to set, the end result is nicely rigid.
  9. csxnscale

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    Great idea, thanks for sharing. :thumb: