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Building Basic Model Train Parts From Plastic

Aug 15, 2008
Building your own model train sets can be very fun and exciting. It is a great way to show off your skill as well. You can build all kinds of features and these can each be challenging in their own way. One of the ways to build parts is to craft them from plastic. Once such sort of structure that can built from plastic is buildings. If you are just to cut the pieces out with a knife, glue them together and paint them then you can end up with an okay looking building that will probably suit your purposes.

While this may do for some quick projects there can be much better ones produced with the right tools and preparation. Part of the preparation includes gathering the tools that you will need before hand. One of these tools will be a sharp hobby knife. You will also need some side cutting pliers, some tweezers, files, scissors, and some 100 grit sandpaper. You will need to make sure that you have prepared all the pieces before hand.

The first thing you will do is to break loose all the parts you will need for the process loose from the sprue and make sure that you cut all the flashing off as well. You will next need to verify that the sides will all fit rather snugly. If there are going to be any gaps you will be able to fill these with a bit of extra adhesive later. Next you will want to check and see if there are any dimples in the plastic. If there are any then you should fill them in with either a bit of extra adhesive or green fill putty and then sand it down to fit.

Once you have all the the pieces ready you can then begin to fit them together begin by taping a side to the roof and gluing the edge together with a liquid styrene. You can then fold the two over and then tape on the next piece and repeat the process again. Make sure that you check to see how they will fit before you allow the styrene to set.

After the four walls and the roof are attached you will be ready to begin attaching any trim work, doors, and etc. You will then be ready to begin the priming and painting of your new plastic building. For most of the buildings primer is suggested due to the nature of the plastics. This will ensure that the paint sticks as it should so you will not be going back and trying to reglue parts that come loose. Now you have a complete plastic building.

After you have built several model houses this way you will be quite experienced and able to make a whole bunch of different ones. From houses to clock towers and from grain bins to train stations you can create an entire town from plastic that will greatly compliment your new model train display.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for model car tricks and tips, compact model train building, and compact model trucks.
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