Hello! I'm new to this forum, and new to 7mm scale, and new to scratch-building!
I originally started with OO gauge and moved down to N gauge because everything was smaller and cheaper, which was fine, but ... I've always liked early pre-grouping stuff, and little 0-4-0 shunters, neither of which are very well supported in 2mm. So whilst browsing youtube I came across Jim Read's video showing his card built O gauge LNER tank (awesome!)
I've made a few card building kits, but never made any card rolling stock, nor a brass kit either. Added to that I never have any money... so card was the best place to start? Apparently not.
I work at a printers, where we use aluminium litho plates which come in 0.3mm or 0.15mm thick. So last night I blagged a spare one, found a blueprint for a GWR 4 plank wagon, and set to it with ruler, scissors, cutting mat and superglue.
I used a 0.3mm thick plate and made a box of the right scale size for the wagon upper body, added little strips for the planking, corner pieces for the ironwork, and it is starting to look good. I added a long thin wrap-around for the underframe, all tacked in with offcuts, and even filed a little coupling hook for one end. Buffers will be cut from clout nails and I did get as far as bending a three link chain out of a paperclip, but some of the links pinged off into the carpet at 11.30pm so I decided to call it a day and go to bed.
I'll post some photos tonight if i can.
I can't think of any way of fabricating wheels myself (at least not ones that will run smoothly) so I'll pick up some Peco spoked wagon wheels on the weekend, although I'm not sure if the aluminium will be strong enough to hold them in place. I'll give it a go though!
If the final thing works well enough I could draw out the component parts and print them directly onto the plate so I have a pattern to follow, and move onto something more complicated. I wonder how to roll a convincing Peckett saddle tank...?
So, has anyone here used aluminium sheet to build rolling stock? Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to help me? Also, how the devil do you make 7mm scale rivets?!