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Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 8:10 am
by jaz avalley
I have not read all the entries so far, so apologies if I duplicate anything.

Bushes, etc
old memory pillow, old foam from any sofa pillows or indeed filling from sofas chairs etc, you can throw them in a food blender then colour them. Food colouring is usually easy in a food blender as it washes out without you wrecking the appliance and your marriage!

Bushes
moss grows on concrete and bricks and dries out nicely, and makes nice bushes, you could dip it in preserving products, but i have never done so, handled carefully they can be moved a round, some may fade in colour ut so far i have not removed any from the layout.
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Trees, I saw twigs were mentioned and they look great, not just as live trees, but as dead trees, if you are lucky enough to find any branches with lichen, then look great in pictures
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Grass, dried
pampers grass ripped into small pieces, a little of this goes a long way, and you can colour it too if desired, great for water edges
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Leaves
birch seeds, these can be coloured for left, autumnal colours or green or dried leaf brown as is
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Horsehair is also in this picture, the bush to the right, I bought this already mixed with glue, but you can do the same, the stiff stuff is good, but you can get away for dog brushing, cat brushing, goat brushing, even wool snagged from fences where sheep rub themselves can be useful. Even beard clippings.

Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 3:34 pm
by Mountain Goat
The results look amazing.

Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:46 pm
by jaz avalley
tea leaves, rip the bag, dry on the window sill in a thin layer, not too thick or they stay damp and mould, yuk.
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Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:45 pm
by Mountain Goat
Very good ideas, but can I use coffee instead as I don't drink tea?

Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:45 pm
by twalton1145
IanLMS wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:34 pm
twalton1145 wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:59 pm


Hi Ian,
I used the same guide but bought the 6 way switch he suggested and am scared to wire it up! :oops: If you have used a simple on-off switch, could you please let me know how you wired it?
TIA
Ted
I have attached a diagram but not sure if it helps much. Much better to follow his first edition video where he used a simple slide switch.
Sorry to be dim Ian, but I am hoping to use a simple on/off switch. Could this go just on the red power supply? Thanks for any help.
ted

Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:29 pm
by footplate1947
Hi Jaz That first pic with the old Beatle in front of the railway coach. I thought it was a real one. :lol:

I thought you took it in MGs garden. :lol:

Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:00 am
by Mountain Goat
Haha. Used to have aa red Volvo 360GLT half overgrown in the field and my brother had a red Ford Mustang also on the fringes of our bottom field. But no beetles.

Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:13 pm
by Guildman
I make everything and buy nothing, so my modelmaking is very cheap.

When I have a Swiss file break or simply wear out I grind it on my ancient bench grinder to be a chisel. Handy for cleaning back solders or when carving shapes.

For all buildings, since line board became the same price as gold, I use Foamex. This is a self skinned PVC foam which is stiff, strong and can be engraved (impressed) into brick, block, stone, even shiplap with simple tools you make yourself. Takes enamel paint well too and with care, Vallejo acrylic or cheaper Gouache paints. Glues with tube Evo-Stik. Buy Evo-Stik from ebay as it's so much cheaper than hardware shops.

400 grit wet'n'dry is excellent for roofing felt in 7mm scales. Don't forget the overlap.

I made a simple jig from Plastikard to produce corrugated sheets. So much better looking than Wills sheets and near enough scale thickness. Use the aluminium foil dishes that Poundland sell as packs. Cut to size with scissors a little over width so they close up as you form them. I use a coffee stirrer smoothed off with sandpaper to push the foil between the lines of Plastikard.

For wooden things in scale try to get something like Steamed pear. It makes for a perfect mahogany in scale. Ideal for veneered models of varnished teak or mahogany coaches. veneer available very reasonably on ebay.

I'm probably a bit anal, but I also made a sheet aluminium jig/mould for pantiles, which I make from steamed soaked strips of postcard., Find a real tile and measure it. You'll be surprised.

Cheers,
Martin

Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:15 pm
by Guildman
For example:- All Foamex
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Martin

Re: Modelling On A Shoestring.

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:25 pm
by JohnSmithUK
Guildman wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:13 pm
I make everything and buy nothing, so my modelmaking is very cheap.

When I have a Swiss file break or simply wear out I grind it on my ancient bench grinder to be a chisel. Handy for cleaning back solders or when carving shapes.

For all buildings, since line board became the same price as gold, I use Foamex. This is a self skinned PVC foam which is stiff, strong and can be engraved (impressed) into brick, block, stone, even shiplap with simple tools you make yourself. Takes enamel paint well too and with care, Vallejo acrylic or cheaper Gouache paints. Glues with tube Evo-Stik. Buy Evo-Stik from ebay as it's so much cheaper than hardware shops.

400 grit wet'n'dry is excellent for roofing felt in 7mm scales. Don't forget the overlap.

I made a simple jig from Plastikard to produce corrugated sheets. So much better looking than Wills sheets and near enough scale thickness. Use the aluminium foil dishes that Poundland sell as packs. Cut to size with scissors a little over width so they close up as you form them. I use a coffee stirrer smoothed off with sandpaper to push the foil between the lines of Plastikard.

For wooden things in scale try to get something like Steamed pear. It makes for a perfect mahogany in scale. Ideal for veneered models of varnished teak or mahogany coaches. veneer available very reasonably on ebay.

I'm probably a bit anal, but I also made a sheet aluminium jig/mould for pantiles, which I make from steamed soaked strips of postcard., Find a real tile and measure it. You'll be surprised.

Cheers,
Martin
Can you show a picture of your jig for corrugated pieces please?