This thread is primarily to show how I do things and will hopefully inspire others, I mean you the reader, to have a go at building something bespoke to your requirements for your model railway.
The skills shared and learnt here are quite transferable to locomotive, structure and vehicle modelling. My preferred scale is 4mm or OO, but what happens in this thread can be for most scales.
I'll start off by listing the main basic set of tools you'll need.
Vernier calliper - used for marking out dimensions. My weapon of choice is a 10" mititoyo. Make sure the the end by the anvils are flush as this is the edge you'll use for marking your dims.
Knife - use something your comfortable with, I personally use a scalpel with 10A blades
Rule - has to be steel, I use a 6"/150mm and a 12"/300mm rule
Square - a good steel square is a must
Drill bits - various sizes from 0.2mm and up. Some reamers and dental burrs are handy as well
Files/abrasives - a set of needle files and varying grades of abrasive sheet will not go amiss
Dividers - I use a steel type with one leg sharpened to cut radii
G-clamps - can be useful too. I have some small clamps I made as an apprentice at Marconi
And that's about it, tools wise. Apart from the books you'll need to build the coaches from the only other expense would be the vernier, which you can get from about £10 for a 6"/150mm digital type but the longer the better, as you don't get many carriages that short!
Plastic sheet - varying thicknesses. I mainly use 0.8mm for the bulk of construction
Plastic strip - Evergreen pre cut strips of differing widths and thicknesses are useful as cutting your can be difficult, well, I haven't found a way of doing it successfully anyway.
Glue - I've used various manufacturers such as Mel Pak, Humbrol, Revell contacta etc... but my favourite yet is Tamiya extra thin
cyanoacrylate - (super glue) in its varying forms. On reflection I should have used a thicker super glue on the bars of my CCT windows
Two part epoxy - may come in handy on certain occasions but I do not use it regularly.
Mustn't forget the books!!!!
I'll be using Nick Camplings book, Historic railway carriages Vol 1 LNER and constituents
That's it for now, However there'll be other stuff that crops up from time to time like brass and white metal detailing bits, pin point bearings and wheels etc...
Hope to have your company along the way..,,
Edited by gobbler, 10 January 2018 - 14:00 .