Scratch Building a Shed

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Martin Tärnrot takes us step by step through making a shed from scratch. Martin has a 1950s-style sawmill in his layout, and this shed is used to dry and store sawdust. The shed includes a window for light and a plate roof. Martin shares his techniques for modeling this type of building.

PLANNING AND PAINTING

Before starting, Martin makes a mockup of the building he’s going to make and places it on the layout to check that the dimensions and proportions look good with the rest of the landscape. He feels this mockup model shed is too small, so for the actual shed, he will increase the height and width.

The first real step is to make the planks using 1.5mm/1/16-inch balsa sheet. After he has two big piles of planks in two sizes for the top and bottom levels of the model shed, he colors them by dipping them in paint, then placing them on a plywood plate to dry for a few hours or overnight.

ASSEMBLY

Line up the planks along a steel scale and glue two long horizontal beams to them. Cut them into the desired length for the walls. Add more beams for the door and cut it.

Next, glue the pieces edge to edge and add one plank in the space at each edge. Before assembling the top part of the model shed, cut the angle for the roof.

WINDOW

Martin uses a piece of scrap transparent plastic for the window. You can either draw the window shape on paper or create it on the computer and print it out. Tape the paper and the plastic together and draw the window on it. Cut out the space for the window from the side of the building and glue the window on the outside of the wall.

CORRUGATED PLATE ROOF

First add beams to support the roof of the model shed. Martin makes this type of roof from 3M Micropore tape, available at pharmacies, and metal siding from Evergreen Scale Models. Paint with acrylic metal paint and weather the surface slightly. After drying, cut to length and glue to the beams.

MORE ON SCRATCH BUILDING

Beyond this model shed, MRA has more videos on scratch-built structures. Tips for Making Model Railway Structures from Scratch and Tips for Great Scratch-Built Model Railroad Structures are two more general videos on this topic.