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 Posted: Sun Jul 20th, 2014 12:42 pm
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On another forum, a fellow asked about a Micro-Mark "Grain Enhancing Tool." When I was just getting into model building, we used a small, stiff wire brush for this. They were used for cleaning up pipe for soldering or cleaning crud and gasket material off small engine parts.

For really heavy "grain" or creating "tree bark" we scraped a hobby saw sideways along the material. Of course what we used depended upon what scale you were in and the material you were using. Crude, but effective.

I see that MM also carries a "Distressing Tool" for scraping paint finishes to get an "old and tired look." (All I have to do to get that look is to look in the mirror!) It's another wire brush based tool.

I could go broke ordering special tools from Micro-Mark, or just do things the way I always did. What other "old time" tools and/or methods do YOU use to build models?

Stumpy in Ahia:old dude:

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 Posted: Sun Jul 20th, 2014 03:09 pm
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Anyone else did scribed wood by dragging a suitable-sized screw over balsa wood so the threads would dig into it. Jose.



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 Posted: Sun Jul 20th, 2014 03:46 pm
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I still use all the "old timey" ways to do my work. Micro Mark is upset with me since I never buy anything. Jose, the use of balsa wood is looked upon with horror by most "pros" in this hobby. Of course, the "pros" never do anything but tell us unwashed how we should be doing things. And so it goes.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 20th, 2014 04:48 pm
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"balsa wood is looked upon with horror by most "pros" in this hobby"

Then just tell them to try this method in any harder wood, then sit to wait for samples... Jose.



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 Posted: Sun Jul 20th, 2014 07:49 pm
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I know the feeling of modern "pros" telling me my methods are old fashioned. Well, they worked, worked well, and were inexpensive to boot! Somehow I keep having the nagging feeling that due to economic factors "what was old will be new again" before long.

However, some years ago I DID use a new material. No, not one the "pros" would have suggested, this was used clothes dryer sheets to make a canvas bed cover for an On30 railtruck. I smeared them with common white glue and wrapped them over strip wood supports. Works good for cab curtains too. Maybe a modern material, but used in an "old school" way!

There HAVE to me many more old tricks which can be used today! Let's see more.

Stumpy in Ahia:old dude:

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 Posted: Sun Jul 20th, 2014 09:37 pm
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I use old and new paper coffee filter papers for tarpaper, etc. Even though it has crinkles or corrugations around the outside, it lies flat when wet. Use the same way as dryer sheets.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 21st, 2014 02:13 am
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I used balsa for my trestle bridge on my Lost Creek RR, masking tape for tar paper roofs in N scale, balsa trunks for my trees so what I say it works for me. I even used old tea bag bags for side curtains on my On30 gas mech.
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 Posted: Mon Jul 21st, 2014 09:15 pm
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Anything I can lay my hands on :glad:



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 Posted: Mon Jul 21st, 2014 11:06 pm
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Nothing wrong with a bit of balsa in the right place Jose - I didn't know "we weren't supposed to use it". Since moving to modelling US railroads I've used it, appropriately wire brushed, as sidewalk planking for store fronts. Timber siding or board & batten are mostly from coffee stirring sticks (I don't buy their coffee, just walk in & grab a handful).
Only real wood (TM) really looks like wood in my humble opinion.

Generally, almost all my modelling materials are recycled from other folks' rubbish or off the beach or wherever. Track ballast is beach sand - there are all sorts of different colours & sizes for free.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 01:31 am
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the most modern tool i use is my table saw i bought 30 years ago i have newer saw blades because the old ones wore out




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