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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2014 10:53 pm
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Tony M wrote:
Does anyone know the best way to model dirt roads, I have a few single car dirt roads on my Tehachapi Loop tunnel 9 module.
Tony ??? L::!:


I don't know if it's the best way, but I spread sand I swept up out of the gutter where I want a road. If it's just some little-used two-track, I also model weeds in the middle with manila hemp rope fibers. The whole works is glued down with 1 part carpenter's glue and about 6 parts water and a squirt of dish soap to make it easier for the sand to absorb.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 15th, 2014 09:08 am
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Many thanks Don for the advice on modelling dirt roads, great idea and best of all free sand.

I will be keeping a close eye on the gutters as we are having a lot of rain coming in over the weekend, plus there is a park behind us with a dirt road, which I forgot about, easy walking distance.

Would like to see more pics of your layout and what trains you model.

I model Australian American and some British trains, I live in Australia QLD.


Tony :glad: :2t:

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 Posted: Tue Aug 19th, 2014 05:17 pm
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Here's a news flash: Have you seen the new CHEEZ-IT "Grooves" crackers? They're the latest thing from Sunshine; a cracker/chip.

They're 1 1/4 x 1 3/8" and they look like rusty corrugated metal. Plus they're rather tasty!

Perhaps with a little acrylic paint, they can look like a pile of scrap corrugated sheet or maybe can be used to build a shed or other structure? maybe a flat car or gondola load?

I certainly can't take credit for edible modeling materials, my Dad once used Cheerios painted black for those bulging tires on forklifts. A friend used pretzel rods for logs on a model truck and freaked people out at shows by eating part of the load from time to time. Acrylic paint didn't seem to be harmful, but I don't know what it tastes like. Hmmm...

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 Posted: Tue Aug 19th, 2014 06:26 pm
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I remember reading about a bridge made out of spaghetti.... Jose.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 20th, 2014 12:03 pm
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The one thing about using food for modeling is that you can EAT your mistakes!:glad:

By the way, I painted a couple of Cheez-it "Grooves" chips and they don't look too bad. Unfortunately, they are really too fragile for any but the lightest projects, so I ate 'em!:)

Stumpy in Ahia:old dude:

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 Posted: Wed Aug 20th, 2014 01:32 pm
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Wow...I would wonder about using crackers for roofing. Seems that it woud invite "critters" to the layout for dinner. Many years back, I read about using different sizes of spaghetti (thin, etc) to represent piping on locos and other things. Yep, that was done way back then, I guess there was a shortage on certain metals which caused the turn to food for detail.
And, yes, I remember when Model Engineering Works included licorice plant stems as logs in their kits. Many was the modeler who opened the box to build a log car and found dark powder among the parts...that powder was the logs after insects had some fun.
These days, I think I would rather eat food than use it for details, it costs more than many a detail part!

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 Posted: Thu Aug 21st, 2014 02:59 pm
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Hmmm...Woodie, you make a good point! I wish food and energy were still part of the government's "Cost Of Living" adjustments because for retired folks, a trip to the grocery store darn near takes a bank loan.

Right now the painted Cheez-it "Grooves" corrugated metal experiment is on my latest micro layout being built on the kitchen/den bar. So far nothing has gotten the "munchies." Maybe painted over they can't smell it?

The reverse of this food as modeling material thing is the friend of my wife who creates fake food from joint compound for "staging" houses for sale.

Hey, whatever floats yer' boat!

Stumpy in Ahia

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 Posted: Thu Aug 21st, 2014 06:20 pm
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Hi Stumpy and Jose, here is a link to a building bridge competition.

Interesting what you said about a joint compound, did your wife's friend, did the person actually build model houses.

Maybe that what the students could of used to glue the spaghetti parts together. After the bridge broke up after testing , they could of thrown the spaghetti in the pot and boiled it up and had spaghetti for tea, no waste, yummo.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2013-05/25/c_132408155.htm

Back into my layout construction next week, the javis grass matting arrived from eBay yesterday, to finish off the scenery on my Tehachapi loop tunnel 9 module.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 22nd, 2014 08:05 pm
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Tony...Perhaps you misunderstood. My wife's friend MAKES FAKE FOOD out of joint compound. She models full size fruits, vegetables, hamburgers, hot dogs, and various other items for displaying in empty or model homes for sale. Unlike real food, it lasts forever.

Others provide specific furniture and other items. Placing realistic items in a home gives potential buyers an idea of what it could look like, rather than just a lot of empty space. It's called "staging." It seems to be a cottage industry in real estate nation wide.

While most people would just buy plastic stuff, this lady makes all kinds of food that looks VERY realistic for high end contractors and real estate investors. In fact people have picked it up to eat it.

I've never seen how she does it, probably uses molds of some kind, but her stuff looks damn tasty! :)

Stumpy in Ahia:old dude:

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 Posted: Sat Aug 23rd, 2014 02:41 am
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Mr Stumpy, I guess I did, thanks for putting me straight, that is awesome what you can do with different stuff to make models.

My other hobby is wood turning and I would love to have a go at turning fruit, even down to grapes, I have one bloke do.

You can turn hamburgers out of wood, possible tune hot dogs too, just a matter of doing some painting .

What scale trains do you model

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