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Making guttering from plastic card - Hints, Tips & Smaller Projects. - Getting You Started. - Your Model Railway Club
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 Posted: Sun Nov 22nd, 2009 02:44 pm
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Right, here we go, first you'll need to grind some hacksaw blade cutters, left ro right,

Straight cutter as per earlier thread

Pointed 'underneath' scraper

Convex 'inside' scraper, sides of which must be EVER SO LIGHTLY touched on the side of the wheel to ensure the curved end carries a sharp right angled corner.





Using the convex cutter and a steel rule on some thick plasticard, scrape out a groove to suit your size of guttering, here 2mm wide.

Be careful not to go right through...sob!







Then using the curved edge of the same tool, round over the outside lower edge of the gutter shown here upside down. Note the light shining through the thin material, this is the best way to check progress as you scrape it out, it only takes 4-5 passes with a sharp tool








If the end of the hollow is to be seen, a little rub with a Swiss round file makes it prettier...







....and scraping away underneath on the 'wall' side with the 'pointy' tool helps with the 'bullsh%t' factor. The rest of the material, trimmed to a suitable width makes a handy way of gluing it to the wall. If you just want a strip of guttering, carefully cut it off [hollow side facing upwards] with the straight scrutter. As they say in the orchestra "Viola!"








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 Posted: Sun Nov 22nd, 2009 04:02 pm
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Excellent Doug. The secret is obviously in the making of the tool.



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 Posted: Sun Nov 22nd, 2009 04:54 pm
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Very clever stuff, doofer :thumbs

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[viola indeed! :lol:]

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Just a quick add-on.

Making it simple when you are not a toolmaker as above:



This is very simple to do and at least looks better than the flat guttering supplied in some kits.
The end stops are a little fiddly to do but once cut to size and dabbed with glue they can be slid into place.



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