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Scratch Built Engine Shed - HO/OO - Part 1

Kim’s been back in touch this week to share with us the progress he’s making on a new, scratch-built engine shed… There’s no fixed plans for this project, he’s just going with what feels and looks right to create a suitable shed to house his CN locomotives in HO scale. The photos so far show a simple test build using very rough materials, just to get an idea of the final shape & size.

Engine Shed 2

Inside the engine shed you can see that the dividing wall between the main shed and the workshop has been removed. This will allow engines to be “craned” across from the main shed into the workshop… Kim’s come up with the idea of using RC car servos to create a working crane, which if he can make work, would be a fantastic feature to have in there! He’s also cut away part of the roof too, to allow for a large skylight to be fitted allowing plenty of daylight into the shed.

Engine Shed 1

He’s also come up with a great way to make sturdy I beams and girders for buildings etc using nothing more that 3 coffee stirrers (free from your local coffee shop!) glued together with wood glue. At OO Scale these would represent a girder just over 1ft wide by about 1ft 6in high, which wouldn’t be unreasonable at all in large buildings such as the engine shed. A quick coat of acrylic paint and a bit of weathering using dust from artists pastels and you’d have a very realistic looking girder indeed.

I Beams from coffee stirrers... so simple but so effective... you can make them in a couple of minutes!

I Beams from coffee stirrers… so simple but so effective… you can make them in a couple of minutes!

Coffee Stirrer I Beam

A quick coat of paint and this will be perfect for use inside the Engine Shed

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