This tutorial walks you, step by step, through the construction of our 7′ Victorian Recessed Brick Wall Kit. In this exercise, we’re going to build the OO/1:76 scale kit, but the construction method is exactly the same for the N gauge version. The instructions given here apply to both the pre-printed versions of the kits available in our eBay store, and to the downloadable version of the kits available through this website.
1. What You Will Need – (All versions)
The minimum tools and material requirements for assembling this kit are as follows
- Cutting matt or a sheet of plywood, card or other sturdy surface to cut on
- Scalpel or sharp craft knife
- A tube of UHU (Preferred), or pva / wood glue for main assembly
Pritt stick can be used for laminating paper layers on to card if preferred but I tend to use UHU for the entire kit build.
2. Downloadable Kit Only
These items are required for the downloadable version of the kit only
- 3 sheets of 80gsm copier paper for the base layers
- 3 sheets of 100gsm photo quality inkjet paper for the coloured texture layers
- Suitable thickness card or greyboard approx 0.7mm thick
- The OO Gauge 7′ Victorian Recessed Brick Wall Kit PDF available to download here.
The thickness of card you use isn’t too critical. Something up to 1 to 1.5mm thick would be fine, but I recommend not using corrugated card as it tends to be too soft and is harder to work with. Bran Flakes, Weetabix or Shredded Wheat packets for example are perfect for this kit.
3. Pre-Printed Version Only
For the pre-printed version of the Victorian Brick Wall Kit you will need to have purchased the kit through our eBay shop here.
All the materials you need, including the correct number of sheets of greyboard will have been supplied for the base layers. If you’re using the pre-printed version of the kit, please skip now to section 5.
4. Printing Instructions – Downloadable Kit Only
The kit can be printed using any colour inkjet or laser desktop printer, following these guidelines…
- Open the PDF kit file from your hard drive by double-clicking on it. This will open the kit in Adobe Reader. If you don’t have Adobe Reader installed, you can download it for free here.
- Go to the “File” menu and choose “Print”
- Here you can select the appropriate settings for your printer. Ideally the printer scaling should be set to 100%. If you wish to reduce the scale to a smaller scale such as HO, you can use the scale settings to change the size of the printed kit. For help calculating the correct percentage for your scale, you can use our free Model Scale Converter here.
- If when you print the file, your printers in-built margins cause any parts to be miss-printed, choose “Fit” in the printer scaling settings. This will adjust the printed area to fit perfectly within your printers capabilities.
- Print pages 1 to 3 of the PDF file onto standard 80gsm white copier paper. These will be the front page and base layers of the kit. The front page is for reference only.
- Print pages 4 to 6 onto 1oogsm photo quality inkjet paper using the appropriate
5. Getting Started
Once you have all the printed kit sheets, tools and materials required, it’s time to get stuck in. You should have the items in the photo below, ready to go.
First roughly cut out the black and white base layers from pages 2 and three. These sheets are marked “Base Layer Templates” and include these parts.
- Main Wall Top Layer
- Pillar Base Layers
- Wall Capping Base Layers
Roughly cutting them out just removes the excess white paper from the parts which isn’t required and conserves card in the next stage.
6. Laminating The Base Layers
Apply a thin layer of UHU glue to the reverse/un-printed sides of the base layers that you just cut out. You don’t need to completely cover them. Just ensure there’s a reasonable covering, particularly along the edges of the printed lines. The printed lines should just be visible from the reverse/un-printed side of the paper templates. If not, apply a generous amount of glue to the entire reverse side of the templates.
Once glue has been applied, stick the paper base layers onto your chosen card (or couple of sheets of the supplied greyboard for the pre-printed version). Rub the paper templates down onto the card firmly, then set aside to dry thoroughly.
7. Main Wall Sub-Layers
Roughly cut out the Main Wall Sub-Layers from page 4. These are the long black & white rectangles with 7 smaller brick rectangles on them.
Apply a thin layer of glue to the un-printed side of the Main Wall Sub-Layers and stick onto a sheet of card, just as we did with the Base Layers in step 6.
Then set aside to dry.
8. Main Wall Top Layers
Now that the glue has dried, trim away the excess card from the outer edges of the Main Wall Top Layers as shown.
Next, cut out the smaller rectangles from the Main Wall Top Layers & discard.
Now cut along the remaining black lines to separate the Main Wall Top Layers into their individual strips and set aside. Repeat for all Main Wall Top Layer strips.
9. Main Wall Sub Layers
Now that the glue has dried on the Main Wall Sub-Layers, cut these out as complete strips as shown in the picture below.
Repeat for the remaining Main Wall Sub-Layers and set aside.
10. Completing The Main Wall Top Layers
Cut out Main Wall Texture Wraps from Sheet 6 as shown below.
Now cut along each of the black crossed lines in the centres of the rectangles as marked.
Apply glue to the Main Wall Top Layer card strips.
Now take the Main Wall Top Layers & Main Wall Top Layer Wraps and glue the wraps onto the card base layers centrally, aligning all outer edges.
Turn the Main Wall over and fold the small tabs in centre of each small rectangle back through the rectangular holes in the base layers.
Apply a small blob of glue to each tab and glue down. Repeat for all tabs on all top layer strips.
When complete, you can see that we now have nice neat edges to the recessed panels with no visible cut card edges.
11. Assembling The Main Walls
Apply a thin layer of glue to the reverse side of the Main Wall Top Layers.
Turn the Main Wall Top Layer over and glue into position on the Main Wall Sub Layer as shown, aligning all outer edges so they are nice and flush. Ensure the Sub Layer and Top Layers are the correct way up. On the Top Layer, the green algae strip should be at the bottom of the wall. Now the recessed panels will take on their final appearance.
Repeat for remaining strips.
If you wish to make single sided wall, please skip now to step 13.
12. Double Sided Wall Only
Take two strips of Main Wall as shown in the photo below and apply glue to the reverse side of one strip.
Glue the two strips back to back, ensuring they are both the same way up, to form a double sided wall. In the photo below you can see that the double sided wall is now made up of 4 layers of card.
13. Wall Capping
Cut out the Wall Capping Base Layer Strips.
The thickness of the capping is up to you. For this tutorial. If you’re using thicker card, you can use a single strip of wall capping. For this tutorial though I’m going to laminate two together to make a slightly thicker capping. This is done by simply gluing one strip on top of another.
Cut out the Wall Capping Wraps from sheet 4.
Apply glue to the upper face of the Wall Capping Base Layer strip. Flip over the Wall Capping Wrap and glue the base layer strip centrally onto the un-printed side of the capping wrap. Allow to dry for a minute or two.
Once the glue has begun to dry, gently begin to fold the wrap around the wall capping strip with your finger and thumb.
Apply a thin layer of glue to the underside of the wall capping strip and glue the remaining Wall Capping Wrap down. Set aside to dry.
14. Pillar Assembly
The Pillars supplied with the kit are used to disguise the joints between individual lengths of wall. They can be shaped to create right-angled pillars to cover up corner joints too by scoring & folding the base layer before covering with the pillar wrap.
Straight Pillar Assembly
Cut out the number of Pillar Base Layers required. You’ll need two for each joint for double sided wall and one for each joint for single sided wall.
Cut out one pillar wrap for each of your pillar base layers.
Apply glue to one face of the Pillar Base Layers and glue centrally to the unprinted side of each Pillar Wrap.
Gently fold the Pillar Wrap around the base layer and glue down to cover the exposed card edges.
15. Final Assembly
How you do this part will depend on your application. You can either glue the main walls into place on your layout, then fit the pillars, followed by the capping. Or you can assemble the entire wall complete with capping and pillars before gluing into place on your layout, which is what I’ll look at here.
First, apply a small amount of glue to one half of the reverse of a pillar strip and glue into position on one end of a main wall strip so that approximately half of the pillar is overhanging the end of the main wall.
Now flip the wall over and do the same on the other side to effectively form a socket into which the next wall strip will fit.
Next run a small bead of glue along the top edge of the main wall.
Finally glue the Wall Capping strips into place. Repeat for the remaining wall strips.
That completes the construction and the walls are now ready to install on your layout.
If you have any questions regarding the kit and it’s construction, please feel free to submit them via the comments form below.