Building The LX052-OO Laser Cut Station Wall Mounted Signs/Running Boards Kit (OO 1:76 Scale)
A Look At Building The LX052-OO Laser Cut Station Signs Wall Mounted version/Running Boards Kit
For this article, we take a look at the wall mounted type one version of our popular LX052-OO Laser Cut Station Signs/Running Boards Kit. To recap on the last article of this series:
This kit went through a change earlier this year to make the ordering of it even easier. Originally the custom name required had to be stated at the time of order, however, with each kit being custom this slowed production time down producing each one. The kit now comes with a sheet of lettering for you to make up the name of your choice. When ordering simply select on the option boxes whether you require a single line or double line of text, wall mounted or floor standing, length of board required.
For this kit build, we’ve selected at random the single line board with the 14 width of board, with the floor standing option. The kit comes in the standard eco-friendly packaging complete with instruction sheet & three laser cut parts sheet. One sheet is the letters, the other two being the floor standing boards. The images below show the kit contents.
Let us get started…
What tools do I need?
- A cutting mat
- Roket Card Glue or Super Phatic Glue
- Sanding stick (Cosmetic nail sanding board is ideal)
- Acrylic paint of your choice
The parts highlighted by the orange box make up one wall mounted running in board. The kit will make up one pair of running in boards.
Turn the part sheet over so that the side with the laser engraved part number is facing downwards. Now carefully cut & remove the part marked with the orange X on the right. Place that piece to one side as we’ll be using it as part of a mask for painting later on.
Next, cut & remove the front outer frame from the parts sheet. This part is highlighted within the orange box shown on the right.
Now, cut & remove the blank piece from the front inner frame from the parts sheet. This part is highlighted within the orange X shown on the right. Discard this piece as it’s not needed.
Next, carefully cut & remove the front inner frame which is highlighted within the orange box on the right.
Finally, cut out & remove the packboard piece from the parts sheet. Lightly sand flush any pips from the part edges.
First, give the three parts & the lettern sheet a coat of primer paint. We’ve used an aerosol can grey primer paint from the Range department store art & crafts dept.
Cut out on a piece of paper a rectangle hole to match the same size of the inner area within the inner frame. This will be our painting mask for doing the backboard. Place the mask over the backboard.
Now paint the unmasked area using an aerosol can paint again from the arts & crafts department of the Range department store. We’ve gone for a matt black colour & applied tow thin even coats of paint.
Once painted remove the paper mask carefully to avoid catching the wet paint.
Next paint the frames, we’ve used a white aerosol can paint from the Range Department store. We’ve given each frame two even thin coats of paint.
If you recall at the start to hold on to one of the inner scrap pieces from the parts sheet, this we’ll use as a paint mask on the rear frame. Carefully place on to the black painted area of the rear backboard. Now paint the backboard white but don’t hold the can to close whilst painting. Again two light even coats were given.
Carefully remove the mask & allow the paint to dry. Turn the backboard over & paint the rear side.
The rear backboard after painting.
Time to assemble the frames in the order shown on the right.
Take the thinner smaller frame & apply glue sparingly to the rear of it. Now carefully place onto the middle frame, make sure it sits square & true. Wipe away any excess glue straight away.
Next glue a sparingly a bead of glue on the rear of the inner frame & carefully place on to the backboard. Wipe away any excess glue straight away.
If you haven’t done so already, give the letters parts sheet a coating in primer paint & once dry paint in the colour of your choice. We’ve gone for white paint for the letters.
You’ll notice two thin strips on the parts sheet. These are guideline alinement pieces. Cut both these out but don’t glue them on to the sign, they are there to only assist in getting the lettering level.
Carefully cut out the letters required to make up the name you require.
Carefully cut out the letters required to make up the name you wish to make up.
Test fit the letters by doing a dry run to check for positioning & spacing. Here you can see we are using the two-letter alignment guides to position the letters & get them level.
Apply a thin bead of glue to the rear of each letter, only use a minimal amount of glue on the rear of each letter.
Continue to glue & fix each letter to the backboard, make sure that the spacing is kept to the same distance between each letter as shown right.
To fix the name board in place, apply glue to the rear of the name board. Here we’re using Deluxe Materials Roket Card Glue.
Now carefully place the running in board on to a wall/ building wall etc. The wall we’ve made for this demo, has been done using our TX105-OO English Bond Blue Engineering Brick glued over a piece of laser board. It can be found here:
For our other Type two wall mounted running inboard sign, the painting & assembly process is exactly the same. The only difference being the wall mounting brackets on each corner of the back board.
That wraps it up for this build guide article. If you use these signs on your layout, send your photos in & we’ll feature them here in the club & also on the main www.scalemodelscnery.co.uk website.