scratchbuilding sheds and small buildings with Legos

This article describes how to make sheds and small utility buildings using a core of Lego blocks.

Two utility sheds along the rails

Parts required:

Legos are glued together to make a core. A basic 2x2 Lego is 4.5 feet square (HO) or 8 feet square (N). For these HO sheds we will combine four to make a 9' x 9' shed, and two to make a 9' x 4.5' shed. Sides and roof are cut from mat board scraps. Window openings are cut out.

Legos and sides prepped

Sides are hot-glued onto the Lego core, then additional pieces added behind the window openings. Black "panes" are inked in. Doors are glued on the outside. Glue on the roof and apply black cloth tape for texture.

Sides glued to Legos

Stack some more Legos and snap into the bottom to make a temporary painting handle.

Temporary painting handle

Grey acrylic paint is applied unevenly to the roof to simulate weathering.

Streaky, weathered roofs

On larger buildings, use Legos to keep the corners square and to provide a gluing surface.

Legos as squaring tools

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