N Scale Sears Gateshead House 2015-10-21

Tudor style Sears kit house

  1. gary60s
    Plan created by Trainboard member @gary60s . The download PDF contains the full plans, images and templates. Download the roof image, below, if needed

    In 1935 Sears called this one the Gateshead. The use of a stucco wall with vertical trim, give it an English tudor look, and was very popular. To get that look I had to make a composite wall with plain styrene on top and clapboard siding on the bottom. This was made easy by using some scrap styrene to help make the "sandwich" (sketches show stucco wall darker than normal only for definition). It features a 2nd floor, with stairs and interior walls. Footprint is 2 7/16 x 2 9/32. This one will present a challenge due to trim and unique roofs, but I am going to build it, just to show that it can be done.

    It can be done in wood but sketches are based on styrene thicknesses. If you use another material adjust dimensions accordingly. Paint parts before assembly, except where the edges glue to other parts.

    The building directions and materials are in the sketches, and to make your build easier you can enlarge them to full size and print them out. Read directions in assembly sketches before cutting out parts as you may want to change some sizes or cut fewer, or additional, openings. Included sketches are: Overview sketches, Parts templates, Assembly sketches, and PDF's. Also included are 3 pics of my build in progress.

    To print the part templates actual size, use the PDF's. Select best printer quality, set PDF zoom to 100%, and page scaling to "none" or actual size. Check your printed page to see that 3" lines are exactly 3" long. Once you have template printed, you can cut with scissors (leave a 1/8" border) and arrange on your material for maximum sheet usage. Part templates for siding are a mirror image, when needed, so that you can cut walls with siding side down (easier to cut). Be sure siding grooves are oriented correctly. Use rubber cement or Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive to glue paper templates to your material and then just cut on lines. No measuring ! Paper comes off easily.

    Cut out parts carefully using a SERB and straight edge. The best way to cut out window openings is with a corner punch. It is important to follow assembly sketches IN SEQUENCE or some parts may not fit.

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