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Making DIY Corrugated Roofing & Siding Sheets
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 Posted: Fri Apr 20th, 2007 01:18 am
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Ok, I was asked how I do the corrugated sheets for roofing.
So here we go.

I use ArtEmboss aluminium medium weight embossing sheets.
You can get them in copper, brass & pewter.

You could use the copper too. (I don't think pewter will etch)
Why would you want to etch brass ?

So...
Aluminium medium weight is what I use.

On a side note...
If you are not going to etch the roofing & you will not be able to see inside,
you can use the aluminum from soda cans, it embosses real nice.

It has a coating on it so it will not etch, unless you remove the coating.
No thanks.

This is how it comes packaged,
except there is a 12" x 9 1/4" aluminum sheet in there!

I get it at Micheal's crafts.

Online you can get it through Dick Blick,
or perhaps at your local hobby & crafts store.

It doesn't have to be this, it's just what I use.





The sheet comes rolled around a heavy cardboard tube.

HO modelers take note,
that tube would be excellent for cutting formers for water tanks from.

I unroll the sheet & I decide how I can get the most pieces with least waste.
The pieces I will be working with on the Engine house are 1 x 2 5/8"

So I cut 2 5/8" from the sheet,
I used a woodworking square & an old Exacto knife.

Then I marked one inch intervals off on the sheet & scored the cut lines,
2 or 3 swipes with the blade, with medium pressure, is enough.

Then I had this.





This is the knife I used, broken tip on the blade & all, it's an old soldier.
It is the first Exacto knife I ever bought.





Now that you have the sheet scored,
all you have to do is flex it on the scored lines,
& you have your individual sheets like these.





For forming the waves in the corrugated,
I use Evergreen Scale Models metal siding sheets,
in the 6 x 12" size, .040 spacing & .040 thick.

I think most O scale corrugated is too large,
& this gives me sheets that look right.

I don't know if they are to scale, I just know they look good to me,
& I will let the rivet counters punch themselves out over it.

I think they are correct for O scale anyway,
something like 8 humps per foot ?

I would have to measure them.





This is what the sheet looks like edge on.
This sheet is half of one of the sheets from the package.

The edges are pretty beat, as I have used this for the better part of a year,
& if I don't loose it, I could likely use it for the rest of my days.

Look just to the right of center & you can see the texture of the sheet.





The next photo is the tool I use to make the impressions.

The wooden one on the bottom is included with the embossing sheet.
It does not last long.

I found the punch tool at Micheal's too.
I just dulled the tip a little & use it at an angle & it works great !





Just hold the sheet down on the Evergreen scale sheet, square to the lines,
something I did not bother to do here on this scrap piece,
& using medium pressure, drag it across.

Then move one line over & repeat....again....&....again....&....again....etc.

Once you get a rhythm going you will be surprised how quick it goes.





Before you know it, you will be up to your armpits in scale corrugated sheets !!





Okay.

Without further ado.... ROLL THE VIDEO TAPE !!

Have fun!!!




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 Posted: Fri Apr 20th, 2007 01:14 pm
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With the Album cover shown.

What else could it have been.  ;) 

:cool:  Going to watch Video NOW !!  :)




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 Posted: Fri Apr 20th, 2007 01:23 pm
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Snakeskin cowboy.

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A man after my own heart !!!!

Nothing passes the time like good tunes CRANKED up !!!!  :cool:

Great how-to-do-it, even comes with it's own soundtrack.





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Thanks Dave for the great tutorial.

I'll have to put this as a option now for the Crate Factory roof.  :thumb:






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Now that is a great how to !

Looks like it is far cheaper then to buying it pre-made. 

I also like the concept that it makes your structure even more your own. 

Nice job Sir Hotshot !!!!




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I guess the heavier stuff definitely works better, than the lighter 'Campbell' metal.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 21st, 2007 04:33 am
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Yeah Lynn.

That stuff in the 'Campbell' kits is really thin.  :shocked:






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I just stumbled into this Thread.
Damn nice work.

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Nice !  :bow:

The visual makes all the difference in the world !  :cool:





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