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 Posted: Tue Mar 24th, 2009 06:31 am
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Hello i have seen lots of excellent scrathbuilds on here and now i want to attempt my own scrathbuild. Mostly because of my tiny funds on acctually buying a pre-built one and it would be more fun to make and customize it the way you want. My question is what do you need to know to build something?

As far as i know so far, i will need to draw complicated multi plans with the mesurements 1/76 the size of our real house. I will need plastikard which i have found some good sites in the fourm index for a good price. I do understand that it is not just done overnight.

I dont know very much about the joins our how it is shaped for say roof tiles.

Thanks for the help, im only 13 so i know it wont be that easy, but i did build 4 model cars when i was around 10 in a kit i was given for x'mas. Ill post pictures on those later.

Thanks

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 Posted: Tue Mar 24th, 2009 06:45 am
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Hi Ben,

Start small and easy. 4 walls, a roof and a door is all that Wayne needed for his first scratchbuild... an outdoor dunny.

It might be a good idea to practice with cardboard first, an old cereal packet will do and use white glue (PVA) to hold it together.

All of the Fat Controllers buildings are made with card, have a look at some of his scratchbuilding topics to give yourself some ideas.

My first scratchbuild, when I was your age, was a two story house, 4 walls, a roof and a balcony. All made with carboard.

Then have a go with plasticard. Read some of the excellent topics by both Perry and Wayne. Everything is pretty much explained in there.

Don't hesitate to ask questions though, or show us what you are doing.

We're always happy to help.
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 Posted: Tue Mar 24th, 2009 09:37 am
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Card is a very forgiving medium to work with Ben and also cheap if, like many of us, pennies are important.Let us know what you intend to start on when you are ready but keep it simple at first.



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Hi Ben, there are lots of free downloads to get started :

http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/freebuilding.html

http://www.ss42.com/pt-buildings.html

If you can get a colour printout somewhere all you need is some glue and you would be amazed what card can be used (cornflakes box, old greetings cards etc etc)

 



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for my first scratchbuild ( I was 12, a long time ago!) I knew the scale I wanted, so I made a model of our house. It made it easier because i could keep on measuring everything 'til it was right. OK so the detail wasnt bril, but that came later.(some say its still coming!!)

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Hi Ben

For your first scratch build, making it out of card, would make the job far more fun, and easier, you will be able to learn quicker and mistakes don't cost as much as if you are using plastic.

You can also cover the building using printed paper, which will save you having to paint it as well.

Lots of modellers make card buildings to fill up their layout, and then when they have time and money, go back and rebuild using plastic.

All the best, and I look forward to watching your first scratch build

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You won't go far wrong by going to http://www.scalescenes.com and downloading the small free models.  As long as you have a printer, game on! [Plus all the advice is there on the site] And...the card can be cornflake packets, old calendar card etc etc.

Then, maybe something more adventurous.

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Good call Doofer

I had thought about Scalescenes, but had forgotten about the free downloads, such a good way of learning.

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