Small Depot with Dock 2015-10-20

a small depot with loading dock you can scratch build

  1. gary60s
    Plan created by Trainboard member @gary60s . The download ZIP contains the full plans, images and templates.

    Small depot with dock

    Here is a small depot with loading dock you can scratch build. Foot print is 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 and is what I call a moderate build (not easy, but not hard). The hardest part is scribing closely spaced lines, but that can be made easier using a non-slip straight edge. Ideally suited for a trackside location on a branch line.

    See Note below.

    It can be done in wood but sketches are based on styrene thicknesses. If you use another material adjust dimensions accordingly. Paint parts before assembly, except where the edges glue to other parts.

    The building directions and materials are in the sketches, and to make your build easier you can enlarge them to full size and print them out. Read directions in assembly sketches before cutting out parts as you may want to change some sizes or cut fewer, or additional, openings. Included sketches are: Overview sketches, Parts templates, Assembly sketches, and PDF's.

    To print the part templates actual size, use the PDF's. Select best printer quality, set PDF zoom to 100%, and page scaling to "none" or actual size. Check your printed page to see that 3" lines are exactly 3" long. Once you have template printed, you can cut with scissors (leave a 1/8" border) and arrange on your material for maximum sheet usage. Part templates for siding are a mirror image, when needed, so that you can cut walls with siding side down (easier to cut). Be sure siding grooves are oriented correctly. Use rubber cement or Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive to glue paper templates to your material and then just cut on lines. No measuring ! Paper comes off easily.

    Cut out parts carefully using a SERB and straight edge. The best way to cut out window openings is with a corner punch. It is important to follow assembly sketches IN SEQUENCE or some parts may not fit.

    The dock is not as high as others. You may want to raise ground level so that dock top will match your rolling stock openings.
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