The Quonset Hut

Note: This is not a 'How To', but a display of a completed 'Scratchbuilt Project' showing what can be done with some materials and time. It does not have to have been judged for AP Points.

June 15, 2004
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Many people immediately think of the exquisitely detailed structure, car or locomotive when they hear the term scratchbuilding. However, scratchbuilding can take many forms. How about that spot on the layout that just calls for a special structure. When kitbashing isn't an option, you scratchbuild.

About 12 years ago, I wanted a garage on the layout in remembrance of a mechanic that I knew when I was a pup (we built a 3/4 race '51 Merc Flathead for my '50 Ford, but that's another story). It needed to be out where people could see it rather than back on an alley and a Quonset Hut would work great. Problem? There weren't any then.

As I had just finished putting together a couple of Suydam card stock kits, I looked around to see what I had that would work. I had posterboard, wood scribed siding, windows, doors and miscellaneous junk left over from kits and a supply of Floquil paints. But how could I get the proper shape? Just then, we finished a Morton Salt container, and I had my shape.

Several years ago when I was open on a layout tour, I had one gentleman who 'demanded' to know where I got a Quonset Hut! (Was he going to produce one?) When I told him, he wouldn't believe it until I removed it from the layout and showed him the underside. He still wanted to know how I achieved the corrugated look with card stock. Simple, when you over brush Floquil, it streaks!

Roger Hensley

If you wish to submit a photo(s) for consideration, send the photo(s) (no larger than 800x600 please) to rhensley_anderson@juno.com along with a description of how you built it similar to the above.

Page last updated June 15, 2004
This page first appeared on the National NMRA web site. Used with permission.

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