"S> Does anyone have any suggestions for me regarding the construction of chain
"S> link fencing and gates (including barbed wire), in HO scale?
Visit your local Walmart. Buy:
1 Pack of 'fancy' round toothpicks (housewares).
1 Hat with Mosquito netting (sporting goods).
Then visit your local hobby store (or Michael's) and get a few bottles
of Tester's model paint, 'steel' color.
Also you need: scissors and an air brush (or get the Tester's model paint,
'steel' color, in spray cans). White glue and Zap (super glue).
Take the hat apart, discarding the hat itself. Layout the
Mosquito netting flat on some sort of frame work. Spray paint it with
the steel colored paint.
Using a scrap piece of insulation foam, stick the toothpicks
into it in a medium density pattern. Stick them in pointed end first
as little as needed to hold them upright. Spray paint the toothpicks
with the steel colored paint.
Once the paint on the Mosquito netting has dried (you might or might not
want a second coat), take the netting off your frame and cut into about
1" strips (1" * 87 == 87 inches or about 7 scale feet). You can roll
these strips and set aside for now.
Once the paint on the toothpicks has dried (you might or might not want
a second coat), pull them carefully from the insulation foam.
You now have a pile of *
steel* fence posts (the toothpicks) and several
rolls of fencing (the netting). All you need now is a spacing jig to
evenly space the posts. This can be make of styrene girders or scale
lumber. Lay the spacing jig along your fence line and use a small drill
to drill small holes for the posts. Insert a fence post (steel painted
toothpick) in each hole with a drop of white glue. Once the posts have
been secured, unroll the fencing (netting) along the posts and use a
drop of Zap to secure to the posts. Don't forget about corner bracing.
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