Easier panelled coach sides

I’ve only just discovered the Yeoton Wharf blog. The blog itself reports on the construction of a beautiful 3mm scale railway set in Victorian times and featuring a mix of broad and standard (oops, sorry, narrow) gauge track. While browsing through the blog’s pages I came across one in which he descibes his method for producing panelled coaches:

The process couldn’t be simpler and certainly couldn’t be more brilliant!

1 Print coach side elevation onto a sheet of self-adhesive label paper
2 Stick label “side” to a sheet of thin plastic
3 Cut out the window openings (the glazed bits) removing the plastic
4 Cut around the panel lines removing only the label material where the raised panel beads should be

…and there you go. Three easy steps and it should be quick, reliable and yield a very nice looking car side. As testiment to the process he’s included some photos on the same page showing how good it all looks when the car is painted.

I can’t wait to try this out.

Not only should this be really effective for panelled coaching stock but think about adapting the process for modelling things like board-and-batten siding in TT or N scale. I’ve done both before and have relied on a board-by-board approach that is time consuming and not always accurate.

I can’t wait to get to the workbench to give this a go. I can’t remember when I was so keen to try out an idea.


    1. I’m not familiar with that cutter so I took a trip over to Google to see what I could find. If I’m looking at the same cutter, we have a similar one that is sold in the Michael’s stores under the Cricut brand.

      I’ve seen some terrific modelwork done using these and think they have some real potential, especially where repetative tasks are concerned.

      Among the websites where examples of work done with these tools, check out Lance Mindheim’s structures page to see how he used a similar cutter for one of the huge warehouses on his East Rail layout.

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