Oldtimer
As I have just about finished the basic structures on my layout I am ready to start the detail works on the buildings.
To save me re-inventing the wheel what sizes of 'U' section would be best for spouting on HO houses? Ditto for downpipes and plumbing drainpipes on the exterior of buildings?
I am thinking of Evergreen plastic extrusions but am open to any ideas.

Many thanks,

Keith
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Bunkerbarge
One possibility might be to purchase a pack of ratio pipes and down spouts:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ratio-538-Gutters-Downpipes-brown-OO-Gauge/162869728503?hash=item25ebcad4f7:g:9HUAAOSw61haacPK:rk:2😋f:1&frcectupt=true

then measure them up and try to buy matching extrusions.  Or you could simply divide real pipe dimensions by 76 to get somewhere close.  Off the top of my head I couldn't tell you what an actual downpipe is but if we assume it is 2.5 inches, or 62 mm then a scale downpipe would be 0.82 mm.  I suspect that 1mm would not look out of place if you cannot find any 0.8 mm.

This LCC engine shed has been fitted with the ratio pipes and gutters, another advantage of which are the nicely moulded pipe brackets on the downpipes and the brackets on the guttering, which can be glued into drilled holes:


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Mister Rusty
Divide by 87 for HO 
Ratio Kit 538 (£5.25 rrp inc Vat)
Personally, l use domestic single-core wire, with or without its insulation where the diameter is appropriate by using a vernier caliper. 
For guttering, l use glued paper strip around a suitable round section. When dry, peel the wire out.
If a flange of the paper issued along a straight edge when forming around the wire, an easy form of attachment is created. 
I use a glue that wets the paper easily and sets hard, usually Rocket Glue. 
Hope that this helps.
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Mister Rusty

Sorry
Rocket should have read Roket Card Glue by Deluxe Materials
Pete
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Stuart Birks StuartB
On my village scene I went to a lot of trouble to create U channel gutters but when viewed from anything more than a few inches away the effect is impossible to see.

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So on the station building I just used half round rod and with the top painted black it looks fine.
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For down pipes I use copper wire which is easy to bend but is rigid enough to hold its shape. I solder some fine wire around it to represent the joints. I use 1.5mm half round with a bit of the back edge filed away to give an edge to glue. This works well with 1mm (scale 3 inch) copper wire.

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Hope that helps

Stu
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Oldtimer
Thanks for the ideas guys. Food for thought there. I especially like the copper wire down pipes - so simple once someone else tells about it!! As I have 20 odd buildings I will have plenty of scope for experimenting! The half round rod has possibilities combined with the copper wire down pipe.
Again many thanks for the ideas and help. I will keep you all in the picture when I get started.

Keith
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Bunkerbarge
Of course if you are making a continental building, particularly Italian, all you need to do is leave the copper wire as there are still a lot of real copper downpipes around and some even polish them!
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Ratio 538 Gutters and Downpipes (brown)

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AHJAY
I always find plastic just "too overscale" in thickness.

I tend to take some brass tube and file it until it is a U shape.... If the tube is first glued with PVA into a saw cut or thin router groove, it is surprisingly quick and accurate to do with a good file.

I can then solder all guttering and piping together - keeping the scale look without it being fragile

regards, Ahjay
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Oldtimer
AHJAY,

I see what you are saying about the brass tube but I have 23 buildings to detail several of which will have more than 6 sections of spouting. That's hell of a lot of filing, even with a good file. Although the whole thing will done in stages as I get to each building.
More food for thought.

Thanks,

Keith
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