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    Hi. I'm new to scratch building and am starting a layout that will require about 25 structures of all types (small industries, yard offices, loading docks, residential houses, etc.) I would like to scratch build in n scale using wood and styrene. Question is where to start with materials. To get a feel for what is out there for sidings (brick, clapboard, wood shingles, etc.), window and door assortments, etc. where would you start? Are there packages around with an assortment of parts to get a feel for what is out there or a preferred place to go for materials? I realize this is rather general but just looking for some sort of introduction of where to start for scratch building to get a feel for it. Thanks for any thoughts.

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    Evergreen and Plastruct have a wide variety of styrene scratchbuilding materials (plain sheets, various flavors of siding, round rods, square rods, rectangular rods, tubes, etc). With the demise of Grandt Line, Tichy Train Group is pretty much your best (and practically only) option for doors and windows.

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    We offer scratch building supplies, Siding, roofing, windows and doors plus roofing and brick sheets. All in wood or laserboard.
    Check the scratch building pages on our web site http://www.rslaserkits.com/N-Scratch-Build_c_38.html
    We also offer custom cutting if you don't see what you need
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    Go to the downloads tab. Then scroll down to "scenery", then scroll to desired building. Each one has detailed directions and diagrams.
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    There are a variety of materials that can be used for "scratch building" - wood (basswood, balsa) styrene, card stock being the main materials.

    As Spookshow said, Plastruct and Evergreen are probably the two main suppliers of styrene. Basswood is available from various manufacturers/suppliers including Michael's and Hobby Lobby, although they are ridiculously expensive compared to buying from someone like Kit Kraft of Mid West Products for example. Card Stock can be obtained from any hobby shop, Walmart etc.
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    Don't avoid cardstock! As versatile as wood or plastic and a lot cheaper.

    The weight of a paper is all about its strength and thickness. Twenty four pound paper what is used in copiers. Eighty is what is used for business cards and very versatile.
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    If you want plain old thin styrene sheet for cheap, the No Tresspassing signs at Wallyworld are about a buck a square foot.

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    I like to have a variety of supplies around. Various windows & doors, various sheet stock, different dimensions of strips; all this in styrene and wood/cardstock. That way you're ready when inspiration hits!

    Also, there might be kit structures that you can hack up to give you a head start in certain builds, and the extra parts can be interesting inspiration for something unique.

    Oddly, the more you scratch build, the more you start seeing potential in different materials and detritus you have laying around. "Hey, with a little paint, this nub would be the perfect air conditioner!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    Don't avoid cardstock! As versatile as wood or plastic and a lot cheaper.
    Meh, I'd rather spend a bit more for styrene and have the inherent dimensional stability and ease of use than mess around with sealing cardstock against humidity and inevitable warping.

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    I’ve built a few structures for my layout, cabins and a grain building. I used a plastic sign I got from one of the big box home stores. I then printed out some textures and glued them on the sides and roof. They turned out decent and saved me some money in the end.

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