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mecrr
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Posted - 09/04/2018 :  7:18:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Folks, anyone have a suggestion of how to model the type of mailbox that attaches to the front of your House besides the front door? Sometimes I have seen a small basket or thin rectangular box used.

I am not looking for the box on a pole that goes out near the street.
Thanks,
David
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Norton
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Posted - 09/04/2018 :  8:19:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Depending on the era it should be either a rectangular box or a square-ish box with a flap lid hinged at the back (wall side).

The rectangle came into use around the late 60's and would take a letter sized envelope lengthwise, so would be about 12-14" wide and maybe 4-5" high. The square boxes were in use earlier than that and were about 6" wide and about 8" high. The flaps for either sat at about a 50-60 degree down angle from the wall side of the box and overuhng the front of the box by about 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch. Could be painted either the house color or white. Could also have a different color box and flap. They would generally be mounted on the front porch wall under the cover of the porch roof to help protect the mail from the weather.

Neither should be too difficult to construct from balsa wood and either a thin styrene or metal lid.

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jbvb
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Posted - 09/04/2018 :  9:28:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If the house wasn't going to be handled at all, heavy aluminum foil could be used for the lid. For houses that travel, shim brass would be tougher.


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sgtbob
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Posted - 09/05/2018 :  05:22:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I agree with James and Norton but all who know me know I would make the box from sheet styrine.
Depending on era (1920's through 1940's) you may not need the box at all. Most of my model
structures show the mail slot that was almost always installed right into the front door so that
mail that was inserted fell to the floor inside the building.

Bob


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mecrr
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Posted - 09/06/2018 :  12:59:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Norton and jvbv
Thanks for the direction I needed
David


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mecrr
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Posted - 09/06/2018 :  01:02:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob
How do you create mail slots ?
David


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