Tips using common items

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by Woodie, Apr 24, 2001.

  1. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    I would think clay cat litter would swell when it gets wet...

    kevin
  2. Amrap1

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    I thought about that too. From what I've read and done, you either water down cheap white glue or the way more expensive "Transparent Scenery Cement". After laying down another company's "ballast" you spray more of each adhesive on to seal and hold the ballast in place. Water should not be a problem....

    But...I'm curios, so I'm going to test both "ballasts". (Actually doing it now!):wave:

    Guess what? THEY BOTH CLUMP. sign1

    SO..I most probably proved three things tonight. First seal your ballast with cheaper diluted "white glue", if you don't then defiantly don't spill water or any liquid on your ballast and ( In a Charlton Heston voice.....) "BLANK BLANK company's ballast is KITTY LITTER!"

    Ed
  3. cidchase

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    Thought maybe I was the only one tight enough to do this! :D :D
    There are a bunch of good ideas in this thread!! :thumb:
  4. Timbob

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    fine fabric "holiday" ribbon in 5 metre rolls looks an awful lot like HO scale window screen and already comes in a silvery grey colour
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Have you got a picture of this? Sounds interesting...!

    Andrew
  6. Timbob

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    ho scale window screen

    re picture,

    No, sorry I don't as I am a bit of a neanderthal tech wise. Will have to bet #1 daughter to take digital photo and upload same. It is basically a soft, fine mesh ribbon that most of the shops, including Canadian Tire, have in stock around Christmas.

    Tim
  7. joesho

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    have pets? use a heki pine tree to get hair off of your layout,just drag it around. or toilet paper roads ,you know how toilet paper comes in sections?, kinda looks like roads around the us
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    Transfer Track Plan to Plywood

    I'm using XTrakCad to design a coffee table lay-out. You will find the complete thread in the HO section. I couldn't figure out how to transfer the lay-out design to the plywood. I remembered a tool in the fabic section that I thought would work. So I bought it and sure enough it does. I had to push hard and roll it back and forth to make the marks in the plywood. I was using wafer board so normal plywood might be easier. I then went back and traced the dotted lines in with a marker. TADA!!! The track lay-out is transferred to the plywood.

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  9. Timbob

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    porch posts

    fancy carved toothpicks from the dollar store make good porch posts for Victorian or 1900's homes.
  10. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    This is a good thread.

    I need to make/recreate some handrails for an HO GP-9 -- does anyone have any suggestions for this?

    My kitbashed GP-9 (see CN_GP9_IMG_4112 - Hobby Photo Gallery - Zealot.com) still has some of its original handrails but I need to complete the rest. Would wire or toothpicks work (I think wire would be too soft and tootpicks too brittle)?

    Thanks!

    Rob
  11. Dayton

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    outstanding thread!
  12. stary

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    a straight pin is a perfect disposable "brush" for putting a dot of paint on a rivet; or putting a small dot of color on an item.
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    Pill bottles and dental pics

    Being of the "older" persuassion, I have to take a few different medicines and the little plastic containers (all different sizes, some as tall as 5" and some shorter and squatter) make great see through parts holders. These could also be made into different water/ chemical tanks etc.... Imagination can go a long way. I've been collecting these for years and have a pretty good supply of them. Also great for mixing paints in. Easy to clean or just paint them on the outside for..???? :thumb:
    Also, my dentist gives his used picks away for free. Just ask. And they come in different shapes and they are sterilized and sharpened when I get them. Can't beat the price.:twisted:
  14. roch

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    Home made plaster : flour, warm water, glue

    hair dryer : great for drying paint and plaster and glue in a hurry


    I am playing around with it. If anyone esle has made and used it how well did it work?

    Roch
  15. Christopher62

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    The one fellow's tip about aquarium gravel got me thinking... what's the difference between aquarium gravel and the ballast you would get from the LHS or Woodland Scenics of Scenic Express? Are they pretty much the same except for the price?
  16. MasonJar

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    I think maybe the tip was mine... I know I have used black aquarium gravel for coal.

    The WS ballast isn't really rock - I have heard it is nut shells, but cannot verify this. The aquarium gravel appears to be painted or dyed rock or some rock-like compound. Unless it is sifted/sorted, much of it is oversized for HO scale ballast (and coal).

    But it is cheap - hence the entry in the tips & tricks thread... ;) :D

    Andrew
  17. Will_annand

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  18. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Hey Will!

    Nice to see you back. Good tip of the dryer sheets - kinda like "glueshell", but without the need to tear up bedsheets (which the wife *hates*, BTW...! ;)).

    I recently got some real coal from the steam crane at the Museum of Science & Tech. Bash it up with a hammer, and voilĂ  - smaller, scale coal!

    Andrew
  19. Dave Harris

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    MIRRORS. Never became a Picasso? Don't know a Rembrandt? Think the backdrops you see resemble a Looney Tune set? Want to double the size of the scene? Use a MIRROR. Just forget about the familiar giant staring at you once in a while [​IMG]

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    John Allen was a MASTER in mirror use -- he used front surface mirrors because they had no telltale gap . Front surface mirrors are expensive --- a cheap source of them is to buy the old "Polaroid Swinger " type cameras , real cheap at a thrift store --a dollar or two at most. They all have a trapazoid shapped front surface mirror in them about 3 inch X 4 or so.
  20. Dave Harris

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    Heres a way to get even with Starbucks for their $6.50 coffee----their wood stirring sticks are pretty nice a bit wide tho for HO.
    A Quick way to scribe them to HO board size is to use a piece of rectangular brass tubing about 3 inch long , drill some holes in one surface to take straight pins a distance that will give you whatever size boards you want to simulate. Solder pins sticking thru just enough to scribe the stick, ding the tube enough to keep the stick tight against the pin points & pull it thru. Presto -- perfect staight scribed boards in a jiffy.