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Plexyglass buildings

Post by mymodeltrain » Thu May 31, 2018 5:52 pm

The wood train station building I built 5 years ago nearly comes to an end; the wood got rotten to the point things are going to fall apart very soon. So now, I am planning for another structure; this is my plan for a multiple building block that I assimilate from Holland buildings; it will be about 20 x 44 inc. I am contacting people for a laser cut on plexiglass. More updates will be on the way later.
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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by bazzer42 » Thu May 31, 2018 9:58 pm

Impressive planning there, puts me to shame!

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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by IanC » Thu May 31, 2018 11:26 pm

I agree with Bazzer that loks impressive. I must admit I don't know how it goes together but I certainly look forward to seeing the build and finished building.

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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by mymodeltrain » Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:50 pm

IanC wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 11:26 pm
I agree with Bazzer that loks impressive. I must admit I don't know how it goes together but I certainly look forward to seeing the build and finished building.

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Thanks for the comments; but I am still working on it. In the past, laser cutting people accepted pdf file but now they need a vector-based file. I have CAD software but it would take a long time to draw as I am not a professional in this aspect. Fortunately, I found Fiverr offers such a service, and Madelemara (https://www.fiverr.com/madelemara; madelemara289@gmail.com) helped me with only $20. Attached figure he did for me within a day. I was impressed.
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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:28 pm

Impressive, and it will certainly last against the elements.

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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by mymodeltrain » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:28 pm

mymodeltrain wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:50 pm
IanC wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 11:26 pm
I agree with Bazzer that loks impressive. I must admit I don't know how it goes together but I certainly look forward to seeing the build and finished building.

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Thanks for the comments; but I am still working on it. In the past, laser cutting people accepted pdf file but now they need a vector-based file. I have CAD software but it would take a long time to draw as I am not a professional in this aspect. Fortunately, I found Fiverr offers such a service, and Madelemara (https://www.fiverr.com/madelemara; madelemara289@gmail.com) helped me with only $20. Attached figure he did for me within a day. I was impressed.
Plexiglass.jpg
I was busy for traveling in the past days; but I had spent a few minutes a day to look for laser cutting companies. One company, you may not want to know the name, asked ~ $700.00 when I sent him the pdf fiel and he said he needs to spend time to draw it. Then, I hired Fiverr people to sketch the buildings in dxf file and sent to him again, and this time he asked the the cost of laser cutting and material, altogether ~$1,000. I guess he didn't remember me who contacted him just a week ago. Anyway, Pololu in Las Vegas, NV charged me totally for the job $122 ($88 for laser cutting, 34 for 3mm-thick plexiglass, dimension 20 x 44 inc). I am sure this is the best deal among many companies I contacted so far. And they are also very easy to accept the files. Just let you know, in case if you need to do similarly.

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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by mymodeltrain » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:42 pm

mymodeltrain wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:28 pm
mymodeltrain wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:50 pm
IanC wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 11:26 pm
I agree with Bazzer that loks impressive. I must admit I don't know how it goes together but I certainly look forward to seeing the build and finished building.

Ian
Thanks for the comments; but I am still working on it. In the past, laser cutting people accepted pdf file but now they need a vector-based file. I have CAD software but it would take a long time to draw as I am not a professional in this aspect. Fortunately, I found Fiverr offers such a service, and Madelemara (https://www.fiverr.com/madelemara; madelemara289@gmail.com) helped me with only $20. Attached figure he did for me within a day. I was impressed.
Plexiglass.jpg
I was busy for traveling in the past days; but I had spent a few minutes a day to look for laser cutting companies. One company, you may not want to know the name, asked ~ $700.00 when I sent him the pdf fiel and he said he needs to spend time to draw it. Then, I hired Fiverr people to sketch the buildings in dxf file and sent to him again, and this time he asked the the cost of laser cutting and material, altogether ~$1,000. I guess he didn't remember me who contacted him just a week ago. Anyway, Pololu in Las Vegas, NV charged me totally for the job $122 ($88 for laser cutting, 34 for 3mm-thick plexiglass, dimension 20 x 44 inc). I am sure this is the best deal among many companies I contacted so far. And they are also very easy to accept the files. Just let you know, in case if you need to do similarly.
Here is the printout from Pololu,

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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by Peter Butler » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:19 pm

I have been watching this thread in the hope I might find something I can understand.. so far that hasn't worked! I am way out of my technical comfort zone with this project and need some additional information about your plans. As far as I am aware Plexiglass is clear stable material which you appear to be using as a base for construction whilst, at the same time, cutting away the areas which require clear windows.
I would be interested to know what you will use as a surface layer to imitate stone/stucco etc. and what agent is suitable to bond those materials together?
I'm sure you have thought this out already but I am completely lost!
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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by mymodeltrain » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:04 am

Peter Butler wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:19 pm
I have been watching this thread in the hope I might find something I can understand.. so far that hasn't worked! I am way out of my technical comfort zone with this project and need some additional information about your plans. As far as I am aware Plexiglass is clear stable material which you appear to be using as a base for construction whilst, at the same time, cutting away the areas which require clear windows.
I would be interested to know what you will use as a surface layer to imitate stone/stucco etc. and what agent is suitable to bond those materials together?
I'm sure you have thought this out already but I am completely lost!
Peter,
I will use a combination of colors to paint 7 buildings. On the lower parts of the buildings, I may use brick stencils to generate brick walls. Before spray painting, I would use sand paper to rough up the surface for better adherence. This is the other plexiglass building I made before.
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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:50 am

Thanks for the explanation, I think I am more understanding of your intentions now. I guess the windows will only be scribed on the main frontage to indicate accurate positioning?
Looking forward to more.
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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by mymodeltrain » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:05 pm

Peter Butler wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:50 am
Thanks for the explanation, I think I am more understanding of your intentions now. I guess the windows will only be scribed on the main frontage to indicate accurate positioning?
Looking forward to more.
I already have the window/door frames, so these cutting were measured slightly larger than the frames so I can insert them in latter. The punch-out parts will be re-inserted in the back to make them like window shields.

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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by mymodeltrain » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:34 am

mymodeltrain wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:05 pm
Peter Butler wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:50 am
Thanks for the explanation, I think I am more understanding of your intentions now. I guess the windows will only be scribed on the main frontage to indicate accurate positioning?
Looking forward to more.
I already have the window/door frames, so these cutting were measured slightly larger than the frames so I can insert them in latter. The punch-out parts will be re-inserted in the back to make them like window shields.
I want to update, I just received the building front today from Pololu, it's very large and nice. They wrapped it very careful and in a professional manner. I try to fit some of the window/door frames in to see how it looks. Hopefully, the weather is dry during the weekend so I can start spray painting.
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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by IanC » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:21 am

That's really impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops. I still can't imagine the finished building, but I do admire your use of (to me) a new material and techniques.

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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by jim@NAL » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:28 pm

Very impressive

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Re: Plexyglass buildings

Post by mymodeltrain » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:52 pm

IanC wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:21 am
That's really impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops. I still can't imagine the finished building, but I do admire your use of (to me) a new material and techniques.

Ian
Thanks, I have a general idea how to do it, but not everything; so step-by-step idea will evolve during the process. This is how Pololu sent me the material; as requested, they send me back everything; I can re-used the punched out parts for window glass; unfortunately, I order opaque plexyglass, but I think it is still ok to use as close/dark windows for some, not all to generate real situations.
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