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Make Your Own OO/HO Scale CCTV Cameras In Minutes... For Free! | Model Railway Hints, Tips, How To Articles and Reviews at Model Trains Online

Thrifty scratch-builder and Canadian Kit Basher Kim is back again with another great tutorial. This time he’s making OO/HO scale CCTV cameras from an old plastic food punnet, and they look great.

CCTV camera’s are all over the place these days. You see them mounted up on the sides of buildings in busy urban areas and of course on the sides of industrial and office buildings too. So it’s only right that we should be adding them to our layouts too, for a little extra realism. Here’s Kim to show you how you can make your own in just a few minutes.

What You’ll Need

  • Old plastic food container
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Steel Ruler
  • Sharp Knife

“Hi Justin,

Here’s How to make the OO/HO scale cctv camera from a thin piece of plastic food container.

First up, cut a piece of plastic from the food container.

oo-ho-cctv-1Bend it into a really small box section. The size will depend on the size of camera you want.

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Cut off the sides as shown in the photo. Then trim the ends at an angle like you see for the hood where the lens of the camera is.

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Now take that long piece at the other end and bend for the back cover and bend it so it runs even with the sides that are left. Then add another small bend bent at the front for the face.

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You snap it in just behind where its cut at an angle and add a drop of instant glue and presto ya have a cctv camera. Paint the camera white or whatever colour you desire. Mount it into position (you can make a bracket from the same plastic tub you used for the camera) and it’ll look great!

You can make them any size and scale, and they’re really cheap, saving both time and money hunting down ready made ones for your layout. Here is one mounted up on my handmade traffic signals.”

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As always, if you have any questions of comments for Kim on his projects, please feel free to post them in the comments below and either Kim or myself will get back to you asap ๐Ÿ™‚

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