|scratchbuilding a Quonset hut|
This article describes how to scratchbuild a simple Quonset hut. A typical Quonset Hut is about 20 feet wide, 48 feet deep, and 10 feet tall. This one is about 20 x 32. This Wikipedia article has other information and common sizes listed.
Quonset hut used as a storage building
- Plastic water/soda bottle, about 20 scale feet diameter across a smooth section. I used a 20 ounce water bottle.
- Duct tape
- Fine-point black Sharpie marker
- Metal pet comb
- Foamboard for base
- Mat board scrap for walls
- Unroll some duct tape and ink the metal panels onto it - approximately 4x8 feet each.
Ink panels onto tape
- Cut out a section of water bottle as pictured. Hot-glue it to a foamboard bottom. Provide a wiring hole if you wish to light the hut.
- If you wish to apply corrugations to the duct tape, press them in by drawing a metal comb along it (like a pet comb).
- Apply the duct tape to the bottle.
- Dry-brush on some rust, especially along the "joints". I use a little brown acrylic paint mixed with a little orange acrylic paint.
- Add end walls from mat board. On mine, I cut out the door and window openings, added a piece of mat board behind, and inked in the windows.
- Add a chimney/vent to the rear top of the roof.
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