Monday, September 12, 2016

New Technique for Scenery

After a great time of 2 foot narrow gauge in Maine last week at the 36th National Narrow Gauge Convention, I'm now motivated to start some scenery on the Jakes Creek branch. In the past, I have used several techniques for the webbing that supports the scenery. I've tried foam, chicken wire, screen wire and cardboard strips.  While all of these have their pros and cons, I thought I would try something new; drywall shims. They are already cut into strips, they are very easy to work with and readily available, plus I had a ton of these left over from house remodeling. A pack of these run around $10. Although I have always been able to get cardboard for free, it's time consuming cutting it into usable strips. I was concerned however that the shims might not hold up when they get wet.
I will mention that I do not use plaster cloth for my scenery. Years ago, a fellow modeler shared with me his technique for making scenery. Instead of using plaster cloth or paper towels, he uses dryer sheets, used ones of course. You only need two layers, because when the plaster infused dryer sheets dry they are really strong. You simply use them the same as using paper towels, plus they're free. So instead of throwing the used dryer sheets away when the laundry is finished, my wife saves them for me and has for years.
I have put on a few of the sheets in the photo and the drywall shims seem to be holding up. They really don't get that wet from dryer sheets as the sheets dry very fast. Plus there's no static cling...

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