Sorry guys, I know I was supposed to post these some time back and I've gotten numerous pm's about getting the plans. I cannot begin to relate how tied up I've been of late, but again, I do apologize.
Anyway, here is some guidance in terms of some better pics and materials, as well as some plans for working garage doors.
Okay, to begin, I make these out of styrene and they are actually quite easy to make. I like to make them in sections of three bays
, and in that way, can link together as many as I want. I think I mentioned some time ago that I originally planned about an 18-bay pit area, but gave so many "3 bay" sections away to friends, that I got tired of making them and am left with a 6-bay area for myself...lol. But that's okay, when the urge hits me to make more, they "pop" right together seamlessly!
I use two thickness's of styrene - .60mm & .80mm - no less. If I'm going to take the time to build these, I like them sturdy, particularly if I want working doors and plan to run lights in each bay.
The only place I'll utilize a "lighter" stock is for the roof which is actually a "corrugated" styrene, and the tile floor section of styrene (which overlays the .80mm base).
The corrugated styrene for the roof looks like this:
Below, you'll find your basic material list and I like pre-cut everything ahead of time so it has my full concentration and there's no mistakes. The styrene cuts nicely with a utility knife with a sharp blade (as soon as the blade dulls - toss it!) and a straight edge.
I build right from the base up, and make sure every
seam of each piece is adhered completely to the adjoining piece. I don't skimp. I've been in construction and nothing builds a fine house like a solid foundation.
I repeat, "I build these in 3-bay
sections. Below, is how it would stand alone;
The garage above was actually the first one I built and I didn't utilize the minimal amount of pieces (and simplified version) I listed above. It was more complex and choppy looking, and just wasn't as clean and neat as those down the line (Incidentally, I kept this one for myself and incorporated it into my newer bays as I never
give away inferior work to friends! They get the goods!!!
As it progresses, it begins to look like this:
The way it is designed now, simply adhere the side walls to the front and back walls, and adhere that to your base.
With the roof off, drop in your "pre-painted" tile floor, and you can begin outlining your bay columns. This is quite easily done by following the later photographs (the earlier pic of the first one I built utilized whatever I had lying at hand, and the later models are according to the material list above).
When those are done, you can wrap your 1/8" x 1/4"s around, or not use them at all. I prefer the break it creates.
Then, I like to use 3/32 x 1/8 styrene for the interior's floor moldings.
At this point, you need to decide if you want a) working doors and b) working lights. If you want doors, follow the directions below;
DOOR PLANS 1.jpg DoorPlans2revised.jpg
If lights are wanted, you'll probably be bested suited to mount them high on the rear wall if you choose working doors. If your doors are stationary, a rafter in the center of each bay is a fine place to attach lighting.
When all done with lighting, doors, floors, etc... put the roof on. To make the scene complete when I attach them, i build the little cuppolla above the center roof portion, but this is optional.
All lights on the interior were purchased at a train shop, and the exterior pole lights, are Lionel.
I hope this helps you guys. Have fun building them!!!