Maintenance Shed

O Scale Maintenance Shed
This Clever Models structure was one of their freebies. I make a habit of downloading and saving most of what they offer on the Freebie page as they are often temporary. Get ’em while they are fresh!

My railroad is a simple L-shape shelf type layout. It’s really more of an operating diorama the a full-up model railroad but works for me. At the point that the foot of the ‘L’ turns, the backdrop curves. I have already placed my Critter Shed in that area but I needed something to help fill in the space and hide the curve of the backdrop there. I think this little maintenance shed should fill that need. The critter shed doesn’t have any storage to speak of and in the ‘real world’ this would make sense sitting beside it.

To the left is one of the pages. Even a small structure like this from Clever Models is made up of six pages.

Slicing and Dicing
The ‘normal’ method for assembling Clever Models structures is folding the model, gluing with tabs and so on. I like to take the kits and use them as a base – using whatever materials that seem reasonable.

I cut the print apart using a metal ruler. I didn’t follow the usual procedure, folding at the corners but cut them apart at those folding points.

I like using foam board as an internal skeleton/support for these structures. Cutting notches/tabs on the sides will allow everything to lock together with some white glue.

Gluing up Support
Here the Foam Board Support has been glued up, ready for the prints to be applied.

I cut out the windows and door right along the framing around them. The prints will be used as a guide for more printed pieces. The inner surface of the cut foam needs to be covered. I will probably enlarge the openings just enough to line the inner surface. I will do that after the prints are glued on .. again I can use them as a guide for that step.

Glued Up
First step. I inserted the bit I cut out for the door. Figure it will look good recessed just a bit.

The next step will be to cut out the same walls again and then start cutting out bits and pieces to overlay. That will also allow me to figure what I am going to do with the windows and door opening. Still thinking that I probably need to enlarge the openings just enough to line the foam part with a layer of paper.

Hey. One step at a time.

In this photo I have applied overlays of individual boards. The paper is actually cut about half-way across the board above it so it simulates the way boards would be applied in real-life .. each board overlays the one below it so there is the overhang. The bit of end-wall above the arrow is the original printed sheet.

This takes quite a bit of time but I think it’s worth the effort. I don’t have place on my layout that is over 18 inches from the edge .. most of it much less.

Each cut edge is ‘stroked’ with a ‘cool gray’ alcohol marker prior to gluing to the structure. You don’t have to try and match the color of the board .. the gray acts as shadow and works great.

I am stopping the boards at where the corner trim starts. That is prototypical – which is a good thing since to extend the boards all the way to the end of the wall would require printing off ever more copies. The trim around the windows will be much the same. I would have preferred to extend the siding over the trim – that would have allowed me to use Tichy windows but that would also have required printing off extra sides since the boards ‘as is’ are not long enough. I’ll have to see if the mullions work out ok .. or not. Worse case I will cover the window with a sheet of plywood to fill the opening.

The maintenance shed come with printed rafters. To use them that way you would need to laminate several layers. The cardstock I am using is about .010 in which is around 1/2 in O scale. About three layers would give the 1-1/2 in needed. In any case, I had some strip-wood and used that instead. Hey .. I’m lazy.

I cut a piece of foam for a base. I finally realized that it makes sense to put my structures on a base. That way I can take the building to my workbench and then simply slip it back into a matching ‘socket’ on the layout. It also allows me to take it to a model railroad meet.

The cardstock printed sub-roof is sitting next to the building. I won’t glue that on until I get the windows and door installed. I painted the inside walls black as I have no plans for any interior.

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