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 Posted: Fri Jul 21st, 2017 07:22 pm
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It was mentioned earlier that corrugated iron came in 8-10 foot length.  Maybe I missed it but how wide was the corrugated iron?  4 feet; 5 feet?



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 Posted: Fri Jul 21st, 2017 09:23 pm
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More like 2 feet or so wide. I have seen some 3 feet wide.

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Hi all,
I used to work in the steelworks beside the place that made corrugated steel for  Australia from our steel. 

For a 2' wide between each sheet as viewed from above the actual individual sheet width was plus about another 2" for the overlap when laid. So this gives a seemingly odd-bod amount of about 26" when stacked as sheets. 

A 3' wide sheet as installed would have been about 38" wide. To roll this you need a relatively wide strip mill because the wider the mill is the harder it becomes to maintain flat strip out of the rolling mill. I wish I had a dollar for every foot of edgewave or ridge buckle caused by the rolling mills that my crew chopped up as defective when I was foreman on the tinplate shearlines. 

Anything prior to about WW2 would have probably have been hot-dipped by individual sheet, From memory the continuous dip process where the strip is fed through the galvanising bath in coil form was post-WW2.  The  hot dip process left the bottom edge of the sheet with a slightly thicker "drip-edge" of coating, So when stacked at the mill every so many sheets were reversed. so that the effect of the drip edge was neutralised and you ended up with a flat stack. 



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See, it pays to ask the experts before I go cutting up a bunch of aluminum the wrong width.



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Michael commented about a bottle house.
Brian Block's O scale bottle house was featured in the Gazette.
Brian sells an O scale kit and an HO scale kit.
http://bbtrains.com/products.htm



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Surely the bottle house had a determined owner who worked real hard to round up the material for the walls...
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Liquor was so common in the West that it probably didn't take long to build a bottle house.
There were numerous bottle houses.
When the rebuild the one in Rhyolite, they first tried concrete for filler but found that it did not "give" enough.  So they went back to using mud.



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Darryl,

That's a very nice bottle house.  The kit is a little pricey for my wallet.  I'd have to scratchbuild one anyway since I model in 1/35 scale.  Still, it would be a nice addition to my layout.  Would need to figure a way to make a lot of bottles.  Something to add to the 'to do' list.



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Would need to figure a way to make a lot of bottles.

Don't. Make the walls out of clear styrene or acrylic, put round masks to simulate the bottles, paint the wall, remove masks and brush paint the bottles with different clear tints for variety.
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What a wonderful idea!  Time to go shopping for some clear styrene.



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