Plastic potential

A big roll of big ideas!

The typical railway modeller gets excited about the newest releases from their favourite manufacturer. Or, if they’re in S scale (where “S” is for “Sorry”), they often commiserate with each other about how, if only a manufacturer would produce such-and-such a model, their hobby lives would be complete.

Me? I get excited when I find a local source for 0.060″ thick styrene by the 4×8 foot sheet.

I picked up two such sheets this week from a local graphics company. I don’t even yet know how I’m going to use them – but in the past, I’ve used such sheets for everything from building cores to backdrops. So I know they’ll be used.

Regardless of whether I build one layout or several, I know I’ll have plenty of buildings. I like building structures. I think it scratches my itch for architecture – also known around my house as the road not taken.

I’m delighted by my progress to date on the NS&T Car Barn, for which I used 0.060″ styrene as the core for all walls and roof sections. Incidentally, that car barn is my first scratch-built brick structure (although I’ve built many wood-framed models using similar techniques) and now that I have a taste of counting courses, I’m looking forward to building more.

I’m positively giddy with excitement!

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

4 thoughts on “Plastic potential

  1. I love buying styrene by the 4×8 sheet. Do yourself a favor and wash it in the shower though, as it comes from the factory filthy with dust. Also, don’t open it up in your car or you will have a really tough time getting it out (at least I did…)

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