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Barn Sss
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:47:04 PM »
Since I did a farmhouse, I figured a barn would be a logical follow-up. While I was out in the local countryside taking pics of farmhouses, I looked at several barns. They gave me some ideas, but basically combined and modified some designs that I saw in Walthers catalog. Barns, by nature, are normally large, but in the interest of saving space, I made this barn a bit smaller than the ones I saw, for a 2 3/4 x 4 inch footprint. If you don’t like the pictured colors you can paint as desired.

I recommend using styrene as wood thicknesses can be too big and look out of scale. Also, recommended glue is a plastic solvent cement type, such as “Ambroid Pro-Weld”, for superior results compared to other glues. Window openings are sized for Rslaserkits sheets #3980 and #3981, but you can also adjust openings for your own windows. Paint parts before assembly, except where the edges glue to other parts.

I haven’t done a barn before because I knew the doors would be a challenge. The lower doors are the sliding type, (similar to the ones on the shim shack) and the upper loft doors swing inward. The hard part about these doors is the edge trim, which is from .015 styrene by 1/32” wide. A bit tricky, but it can be done. Just a heads up before you begin. Try to do the doors 1st. If you are successful, the rest is a snap.

The building directions are in the sketches, and to make your build easier you can enlarge them to full size and print them out. Read directions in assembly sketches before cutting out parts as you may want to change some sizes or cut fewer, or additional, openings.

Included sketches are: Overview sketches, Parts templates,  Assembly sketches  and PDF’s.

To print the part templates actual size, use the PDF's. Select best printer quality, set PDF zoom to 100%, and page scaling to "none" or actual size. Check your printed page to see that 3" lines are exactly 3" long. Once you have template printed, you can cut with scissors (leave a 1/8" border) and arrange on your material for maximum sheet usage. Part templates for siding are a mirror image, when needed, so that you can cut walls with siding side down (easier to cut). Be sure siding grooves are oriented correctly. Use rubber cement or Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive to glue paper templates to your material and then just cut on lines. No measuring ! Paper comes off easily.

A special note for gable ends template: Be sure to cut template apart before gluing to siding, to keep siding grooves oriented the same.

Follow assembly sketch directions.

Roofing material is your choice. You can print your own from my templates list, or Rich at Rslaserkits has some good choices.

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