Every station or shopping centre needs a car park, but on a model railway, where space is limited, this would perhaps be considered a frivolous use of precious space on a baseboard… however… our versatile Pay & Display Car Park kit can be used to create anything from a small row of parking spaces outside a row of shops, to a full station car park with disabled spaces, motorcycle spaces, entry barriers, ticket machines and more. So in this tutorial I’m going to walk you through the construction of all the main components to help you quickly and easily get the the very best from the kit.
What you will need (Download version)
- Pay & Display Car Park Kit
- 1mm diameter stiff wire – Black florists wire or stripped 1mm solid core copper wire
- 100gsm matt photo paper
- 0.7mm to 1mm thick grey board or cereal packet
What you will need (Pre-Printed version)
- Pay & Display Car Park Kit
- Short length of cocktail stick or matchstick
What You Will Need (Pre-printed & Download Versions)
- Grey or black acrylic paint (optional)
- Grey or black felt tip pen
- Craft knife with a new/very sharp blade
- Wire cutters (Side cutters are ideal as they will give a nice square end to your posts)
- Steel ruler
- Cutting matt
- Glue – Deluxe materials Roket Card Glue is highly recommended for fine detail work, but PVA with a fine tip applicator will work just as well. Uhu for gluing the gluing the base layers to card.
Instructions (Download version)
- Open the Pay & Display Car Park Kit PDF file in Adobe Reader and print pages 2, 3 & 4 onto 100gsm matt photo paper or high quality copier paper if you prefer at 100% / no scaling for 4mm/OO scale. For other scales, use the appropriate scaling percentage to reduce or enlarge the print out as required, i.e. 51.35% for N gauge, 76% for TT etc.
Instructions (All Versions)
- Roughly cut out the base layer templates for the parking machines, heigh restriction barrier posts and pavement sections, then glue on to 0.7mm to 1mm grey board.
Note: I use Uhu for gluing these on. When applying the glue apply a thin even coat to the entire reverse side of the base layer template. Uhu can be a bit runny and stringy, especially in warm weather, so I use a technique I’ve perfected over the past couple of weeks which is a bit like a kid scribbling! Hold the tube as upright as you can and quickly move the tube from side to side, letting the glue run out by gravity alone. As you move, only a small amount of Uhu will be applied to the paper enabling you to get a thin even coating. Then allow the glue to just start to dry for 30 seconds or so before sticking the base layer to the card. This stops the glue from oozing out of the sides of the base layer template when you rub it down onto the card.
- First we’ll build the ticket machines. A single print of the Car Park kit enables you to build up to four ticket machines. For each machine, cut out up to 6 base layer rectangles and glue together into a stack of around 5 to 6mm high for each. Use a small block of Lego or a right angled block to make sure they all sit nice and squarely for each ticket machine.
- Next, carefully cut out the Ticket Machine Wraps.
- Turn the Ticket Machine Wraps over and glue the base layer stack centrally onto the unprinted side of the ticket machine wrap as shown and allow to dry.
- Score the corners of the reverse side of the ticket machine wrap up against the base layer block using an empty ball point pen, then fold round and glue down the top and bottom smaller tabs, followed by the side tabs.
- The completed ticket machine can then be wall mounted or glued on top of a short length (approx 6 to 7mm) of cocktail stick or matchstick coloured or painted black.
- Next we’ll build the Pay Here Signs. These are one of the trickier parts of the kit, and I found using tweezers to hold the sign easier than using my fingers and then using the tip of a cocktail stick to manoeuvre the sign faces into the right shape. So, we begin the sign by first, gently scoring along the fold lines on the printed face of the sign using an empty ball point pen before cutting out the Pay Here Sign itself.
- Pre-fold each of the faces along the score lines. Then apply a very small amount of PVA or Roket Card Glue to the tab. Fold the sign up and glue it together to form an open ended pyramid as shown.
- Now comes the slightly trickier bit. Depending on how thick the wire is that you’re using for your sign posts, we need to get the Pay Here Signs to sit centrally on the posts if possible. The best way I found was to fill the narrow end of the sign with glue and allow it to almost dry. If you’re using Roket Card Glue, this can take a while………..
- Once it’s almost dry but still quick tacky, slide the sign onto your chosen post carefully adjusting its position until it sits as close to centrally in the glue as you can get it.
- For the smaller Pay & Display Signs, simply cut these out as required and mount them up on similar lengths of wire or plastic rod as required…
- The Pavement Sections can be used for a variety of things, but they’re originally designed for mounting the height restriction barrier and ticket machines on. These are very easy to make… First, cut out the pavement base layers from the card (we laminated the paper templates onto card in step 1).
- Glue the pavement base layers into stacks of two ensuring all edges are aligned squarely.
- Cut out the Pavement Wraps then glue the base layers centrally into the unprinted side of the wraps as shown.
- Finally, score the corners of the unprinted side of the wraps up against the base layers. Then fold round and glue down each flap and the pavement sections are now complete.
- Finally we need to assemble the Height Restriction Barrier. This follows the sample principles as the other elements. Firstly cut out the Barrier Post Base Layers from the card (see step 1). Then glue them together into pairs.
- Then cut out the post wraps…
- Glue the post base layers centrally into the unprinted side of the post wraps, then score the along the corners of the unprinted side of the post wraps up against the card using an empty ball point pen.
- Next, fold round and glue down the end flaps, followed by the sides… working one face at a time to achieve as flat & smooth a finish as possible.
- Finally, we need to assemble the yellow barrier itself… Cut out the height restriction barrier base layer from card (see step 1) along with the corresponding yellow wrap.
- Then glue the base layer centrally into the middle of the unprinted side of the barrier wrap…
- Score all tabs on the unprinted side of the barrier wrap using an empty ball point pen, then fold round and glue down the end tabs first, followed by the sides, working one face at a time.
- Once all sides are wrapped, set the barrier aside for the glue to dry thoroughly. Then apply a small amount of glue to the ends of the barrier and glue into position towards the top of the posts… note, it doesn’t matter which way up the posts go.
- Final assembly of the car park is really then just a case of arranging all the separate elements however you would like them. The asphalt sheets can be trimmed and arranged in whatever shape and configuration you need really… just go with what feels right and works in the space you have!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions or comments regarding the kit, please feel free to post them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to help you out.
For more information on the Pay & Display Car Park Kit click here.