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DPM Cricket's Saloon kit #51100
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:42:39 AM »
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This is one of the smaller DPM n-scale structures.  I have built the kit basically per the instructions two times.
Once was when I had Tobias Locomotive Works details for it; including the roof.  My assembled versions had an exterior foot print of 17.5 X 36 scale feet.


Several years have passed since I built the two.  I decided to use the kit as a starting point for a single story structure yesterday.  I measured, scored and filed the four wall section to achieve the desired front, side and back elevations.   8)
 It had gone very smoothly up to this point, so I started the gluing step.  It was then that I discovered that if the back wall is used as is, the resulting width is 19.5 scale feet. :?
"Okay," you say, "what is the big deal about 2 n-scale feet." 
"Well," I will tell you, " the front wall width is only 17.5 n-scale feet, thus not yielding a rectangle."
I forgot that I sanded 2 scale feet off the width of the two kits I assembled previous.

Back to the drawing board.   Or to paraphrase the old carpenter's adage, "measure twice and then glue once."
 
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Re: DPM Cricket's Saloon kit #51100
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 07:17:28 AM »
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I just experienced the same thing. 
The only way to make it fit is to trim one of the side walls back to allow the rear wall to overlap one side, while nesting inside the other.

If you can't turn the building so the offending seam is invisible to the viewer, you can always disguise it with a downspout or something.

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Re: DPM Cricket's Saloon kit #51100
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 07:27:07 AM »
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Lee, during the time that I posted and you commented, I was able to use the same glue to loosen the joints and disassemble the trapezoidal structure.  I then sanded and "planed" about 2 scale feet off the width carefully measuring until I had reduced the width of the back elevation wall.

This time I cut a section of 1/8" tile sheet styrene to use as a floor and also to help with 90 degree angles and glued the front and side walls to the floor.  I test fit the back wall until it was the correct width.....
Now on with the project as planned.   :)

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Re: DPM Cricket's Saloon kit #51100
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 08:37:29 AM »
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That was the very first DPM kit I ever built....

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Re: DPM Cricket's Saloon kit #51100
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 09:23:43 AM »
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@Puddington, how did you modify the back wall to make it fit properly?
Thanks.