Re: Scratchbuilding a car in styrene

Ralph W. Brown

Nice, Jack!
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532


From: Jack Burgess
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2019 6:50 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Scratchbuilding a car in styrene

Car siding is T&G with a V-grove. Floor material is also typically T&G without the reveal…the advantage of T&G is that the boards will stay flat (for floors) or even with box cars.


You can still buy 3 ¼” V-groove T&G from a lumber yard (that is the same size boards typically use for freight cars). I bought some a few months ago and used it to fill in what had originally been lattice work. The hardware was (with permission) removed from a Yosemite Valley Railroad stock car.


Jack Burgess


From: [] On Behalf Of Charlie Vlk
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2019 2:13 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Scratchbuilding a car in styrene


Randy Hees and all-

A question not directly related to Freight Cars other than being a load or possibly mislabeled car siding….

One of the cable TV home remodeling shows has an interior designer that has to use what she calls “shiplap” on every project episode…to the point it could be a drinking game of a shot for every time she mentions it.

I always thought “shiplap” was a profile that had overlapping boards like those on a traditional wooden runabout….somewhat akin to clapboard house siding.   The material she calls “shiplap” is to me a form of tongue and groove siding with a small reveal between boards (more than car siding).  

Modern usage of the term is confused as Wikipedia shows a building with “shiplap” that is a form of Novelty Siding….flat faced vertical board with a scalloped top that fits underneath the next board up.

Anyone have old millwork references that might show correct terminology?

Charlie Vlk 

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