Bits of old clocks, other plastic scrap and a glue gun
My son was looking through one of his model train mag's and saw an
article about making up 'loads' and came to show me.
I had a think about it and set to work collecting bits of scrap
plastic and the workings from old electronic clocks etc.
My first job was to measure the internal sizes of his trucks which are
mostly 29 or 30 mm wide with the lengths from about 63 to 84 mm.
What could I use to make the first 'load' ... a stack of pipes ? The
answer was left in my sons mug ... a 'magic straw' ( the ones that
have strawberry crystals in them to turn milk into a fruity drink ).
Cut them into 2 or 3 equal lengths and glued 6 of them into a 3 by 3
stack. Paint them blue for water pipes, yellow for gas and silver
for steel then glue two lengths of 29 mm long 'stirring sticks' from a
well know fast food restaurant as supports and finally wrap some black
nylon sewing cotton to form the bindings.
The next load was a pile of scrap metal. Simply bits of scrap plastic
( found one of my sons old damaged cars with that 'silvered plastic' )
cut into small bits then stuck onto one of the many false credit cards
we get through the post as junk mail cut to size and then all painted
silver and finally added the springs from old pens. Did the same with
the plastic painted brass.
Next came some 'tarpaulin' covered loads. Again various shapes of
plastic stuck to some thin board, used a pair of my sons old blue jog
bottoms cut into bits and stuck over the 'loads' then the nylon cotton
was used as ropes.
Finally came some 'steel girders' ... had an old aluminium cold frame
that had lost the battle the last high winds we had so I cut these to
length ( making sure all burrs we removed ) again the 'stirring
sticks' and nylon to complete the effect.
OK they are not as good as some of the efforts by those we see at
exhibitions but my son was very happy with them and that's all that
To be honest it was quite therapeutic !
- posted 14 years ago