Tap Creek

The Chicago & North Western Tap Creek Branch


A chimney is easily made from the pieces left over when you cut the window openings. Take four of the pieces and glue them  together in a box like shape. You need to bevel the corners first, unless you use the thinner type cardboard. You might also add a 5:th smaller piece on top. Do that, and cut a small rectangular hole in it, if the original opening looks too wide.

Since the roof sloops the chimney will lean when placed on the roof. To avoid that file the bottom of the chimney at an angle before gluing. Or you can line the lower part of the chimney with 0.010 x 0.080" styrene strips. Glue the strips to the chimney to form a box around its lower part. Before the glue between the strip box and the chimney sets, glue the box to the roof and within the box tilt the chimney to a vertical position. This sounds very complicated, but  is quite easy. Once you try it you will understand what I mean. To take this step gives a nice illusion of the roof metal sheeting to be extended up against the chimney, as would the case be on a real roof.

A simple roof hatch is made from two square pieces of sheet styrene. Make one piece about 1/6" wide from 0.010" sheet styrene, and the other one slightly smaller from 0.040" styrene. Stack the pieces together and glue them to the roof, with the smaller piece facing the roof.

Pipes are easily made from steel or brass wire. Cut a 1/2" piece of wire. With a pair of tweezers bend one end into a U-shape. Drill a small hole in the roof, put the straight end of the wire into the whole so that about 1/4" still sticks up. Glue the wire in place by floating some cement around the wire and the hole. You might need to support the wire until the cement has set.

Add steps to the front and rear doors. Simple steps can be made from 0.04" sheet styrene. Cut a strip of styrene a little wider than your door, including any framing. From that strip cut a piece about 1/8" wide. Cut additional pieces, each piece about 0.08" wider than the previous one. Stack the pieces on top of each other in a staircase fashion, with the smallest piece on top. Keep adding pieces at the bottom until you have reached the desired height. Glue the pieces together and then glue the steps to the wall beneath the door. You may of course add some variety to your steps by adding handrails of various kinds.

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