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 Posted: Sat Mar 18th, 2006 04:57 pm
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hello all.flex paste and foam putty by WS is a fine product im sure.have never used the above mentioned but was wondering if lightweight spackling could be used on foam such as filling in dents and etc etc? wonder what flex paste is...is the paste thick  and or very tacky and is it necessay to use on their foam products? thanks in advance.terry.....

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 Posted: Sat Mar 18th, 2006 05:04 pm
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Hi Terry, welcome aboard Freerails.

Ive never had opportunity to use the mentioned product but i do know the product I have used from Woodland Scenics has been excellent.

I'm not a foam guy being old school.........But, I am willing to learn :)

We do have a couple guys around who like the foam type scenery and I'm sure they will see this eventually and help to answer your question.

I hope you like what you see as you look around and join in on the conversations.

If i can help you in any way , please dont hesitate to PM me or any of the staff..........were here to help and insure you enjoy yourself while visiting :)

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 Posted: Sat Mar 18th, 2006 05:18 pm
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thanks for the welcome todd.im old school also.cookie cutter for me since 65 but because of age and health problems i don't use the sabre saw anymore.the other day i used the WS 4% inclines for the first time and they are super easy to use but expensive imo.just trying to save money on alternative products as money is tight.using plywood and cork roadbed on the layout.foam is certainly easy and light weight to use.terry.....

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 Posted: Sat Mar 18th, 2006 06:20 pm
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I agree Terry that there are advantages.

I bought a couple WS riser packs myself.

One of these days i hope to put them to use too :)

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 Posted: Mon Mar 20th, 2006 04:49 am
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I gave foam scenery a try when I started building my layout and so far I am very pleased with it. Easy to shape with knife, sabre saw, hot wire, rasps, and whatnot.....
The dust can be somewhat nasty as it klings to everything :? but usually i hold a vacuum in the other hand....
Once roughly shaped, I use plaster, hydrocal, foam putty/leight weight spackling paste, colored with some drops of  "brown-grey" acrylic paint to cover the pink foam with very good results.
Sorry never heared of flex paste though :?



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 Posted: Mon Mar 20th, 2006 02:03 pm
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I agree with all of the foam reviews.  :thumb:

Just one thing I will add......DO NOT ......use a flex shaft grinder and a bur in this.....I learned the hard way.....can you say pink snowfall indoors??  Wow!
Messy.  :doh:   :bang:



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 Posted: Mon Mar 20th, 2006 04:41 pm
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thanks to all for the reply's.i have used the pink foam before and i do know how messy it can be.not sure what the flex paste is,perhaps a thicker,tackier version of white glue.have use the lighweight spackling and it is very easy and fast drying.need to get some more of this stuff along with allene's (sp) tacky glue which i really like.terry.......

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I just signed on to free rails today and I've kinda been floating around some of the topics, but scenery's probably my personal fave topic and thing to do on model railroading...

Looking around here I've run into tree making and now this flex paste thing.

 

Couple of the guys were wondering if spackkle or plaster would peel or crack or chip if used as bark on tree forms, and I wondered about that as well.

There seems to be a general concensus that it's ok on a stiff branch structure, but, me, I think I'd be happier wit something that flexes a bit more than plaster.  Seems to me that an ideal flexible coating is acrylic modellers paste.  Takes acrylic paints really well, no surprise there, also takes latex house paint which is very flexible.

another flexible material is rubbermold moulding compound, available in rubberband brown.  But the modelling paste is great for pretty fine detail, can be worked well when it's at the almost dry stage.  I believe it'd be very good on Sisal/rope tree armatures, foam-based rockwork, esp near the front where it may get knocked.

The stuff can be obtained in fairly large quantities, but it isn't cheap, and don't buy a huge amount if you're likely to have it for several years - it won't stay workable, it'll dry out and you'll have wasted your money.  Just get what you'll reasonably actually use fairly soon and accept the price you pay, trust me on that.

'course, nothing man-made lasts forever, but we can do our best....



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 Posted: Tue Dec 29th, 2009 01:54 pm
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The original M&WV used foam scenery (pink and blue and some white) covered in...
(you want old school? You got it) PERMA-SCENE, mixed with real dirt and white glue and water. Perma-Scene is no longer made, but much of it the stuff was vermiculite which I understand is available at home and garden centers. As for exactly what the composition of Perma-Scene was, I don't know.

I've also had awesome success on the new M&WV with Brandt's Paper-Mache. It's a taxidermists' grade product and works great.

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I build quite a few layouts using foam.




I actually will distress foam with power tools and you are quite right......... what a mess. I do it in the spray booth and even then it gets everywhere. Amazing finishes can be obtained in this manner.


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I just coat the foam with cellulose plaster, carve it a bit and then colour wash

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