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Postby silversurfer1947 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:34 pm

I did notice a few tanks trying to take a short cut through the fence at the last meet. Maybe an electric fence would stop them. :haha:
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Postby jtracks » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:15 pm

I live in California where most everything is illegal, please tell me what is PVA. Sounds like some kind of protectant.
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:26 pm

PolyVinyl Acetate, commonly referred to as wood glue, white glue, carpenter's glue, school glue, Elmer's glue in the US, or PVA glue. Widely used, certainly in the UK. Wikipedia entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvinyl_acetate

Used full strength, it will stick an awful lot of things together. It is not particularly speedy, being water based, it takes time to dry. Watered down to a milk-like consistency, it is very good for sealing porous surfaces and in the process, provides a hard protective coat. It is used in this form in railway modelling to stick down track ballast. The addition of a little washing up liquid removes the surface tension, allowing it to penetrate better.
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Postby jtracks » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:30 pm

Thanks Silversurfer, even that is available in California.
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:03 pm

Apart from some final detailing and fixing the roof down, the house is, to all intents and purposes,finished.
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Postby jtracks » Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:44 pm

I think it came out well, complete with hardwood floors. :clap:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:19 pm

Have a go at that !!!
What a job mate, ballroom floors & all
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Postby wibblywobbly » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:37 pm

I am now staring at my pile of smashed, bashed, and scratched scenery, and thinking that this winter is going to be one that consists of a giant overhaul, and building some new items. You are rather good at this scenery lark, it always puts everything else on the battlefield to shame! :problem:
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Postby Tiggr » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:03 pm

Is it getting a smoke unit and black soot stains too ?
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:26 pm

Tiggr wrote:Is it getting a smoke unit and black soot stains too ?

Such is my intention. There are a few charred beams to add, as well. Watch this space. :D
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Postby Jake79 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:57 am

really nice..well done!!
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:53 pm

I have tried to simulate a bit of smoke damage and soot.
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Then, of course, if you don't like it, you can always set fire to it ;D
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Postby wibblywobbly » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:03 pm

Just another ten to build and we will have that village that we all seek..... :S
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:23 pm

I would love to build more of the village. However, a few but major logistic problems present themselves. Storage and transportation. Without some on-site storage, the practicalities of how this might be achieved evade me.
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Postby wibblywobbly » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:36 pm

Yup, apart from flat pack houses, we are always going to struggle with that one. I can't get any more into my car without doing some DIY shelving to go in there, and even then, where do I store it when I get home?
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:39 pm

Same problem. I will have a think about flat pack.
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Postby bfrank1982 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:36 pm

Hello Gentlemen.

First off:
@Silversurfer - really nice build I must say - really realistic :)
Love the smoke!

Then: regarding flat pack buildings: wouldn't it be possible to do the houses in cardboard and use the timbered beams as supports when the structure is put up? If the beams were hinged in one end and could be put into place by simple pressure, it should hold the structure nicely?

The roof off course would have to be be detachable, but it could be sorted quite easily - perhaps kept in place with af few magnet strips?

And regarding destructable structures:
(I imagine walls and other brick work)
Couldn't it be done by making a primarlly solid wall hinged in the bottom, so when driven into, it simply folds down and could be resurrected later? With the use of a solid base plate and littered with small pieces og debri, it shold look quite nice?

Saw a youtube video, where af few diorama tress were mounted on small springs by their roots, and placed on a stable diorama plate and in a small hill like structure. When driven into, the tanks slowly knocked the trees down and made a nice entry to the battlefield.

Just my 2 humble cents worth :D

Keep up the good work - I really enjoy your fine results.

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Postby silversurfer1947 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:43 pm

Thanks for that. I'm not sure about cardboard, but the idea is certainly worth pursuing. Using small magnets to hold things together has some potential. I particularly like the idea of destructible walls/buildings. (As long as the tank drivers know which are the destructible ones!)
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:56 pm

Very nice work Richard :clap: looks the business with the smoke effects, I think I can see why it got blown up and so badly damaged though .... They couldn't miss the window frames :haha: :haha:

Cheers, Lee.
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