Very thin leather?

Very thin leather, or semblance thereof?
I want to make up some realistic mailbags for a TPO
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gareth
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Tissue paper dyed and crumpled?
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Just zis Guy, you know?
OK, but probably won't stand up to the buffeting of the exchange apparatus
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gareth
Ah, this is for the TPO coaches is it? I would be inclined to try a surface treatment on the cast plastic items. I used to have some success in military modelling by softening the surface with glue, applying fine cloth and then removing - this did cloth texture where I could not easily replace with actual cloth.
Thinks: do Historex still exist? (wanders off to buy a pyrogravure).
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...but no pyrogravure, it seems.
Still, what is a pyrogravure but a TC soldering iron with a suitably filed bit.
David
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David Littlewood
A piece of a cheap chamois leather , and a coat of acrylic + weathering/wear effects.
Reply to
winston
What sort of texture would you be able to see at 4mm scale ?
Cheers, Simon
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simon
I don't know what's available in that scale but if a manufacturer makes them in the right coloured plastic, you can dull them with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
A trick that makes plastic not look like plastic, in situations where paint would get chipped off in normal use.
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Christopher A. Lee
Good clue, so 4X as much :-)
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simon
A nice trick, easier than the very fine wet and dry I've used up to now for that purpose.
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Just zis Guy, you know?
Actually, if you are talking areas it's 16x as much; for volumes it's 64x as much.
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Jane Sullivan
True, but why stop there...time, 5th dimension :-)
Was only thinking about length really cos in 4mm scale even if you have a bit of material that sticks out an inch which would be 0.3333... mm then can a texture be seen with the naked eye ?
CHeers, Simon
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simon
Very fine leather. Pair of fine ladies gloves.
Or slice the top layer from a wide belt or strap.
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Lobby Dosser
Just viewed the 1936 film "The Night Mail" (available on DVD from Camden Miniature Steam Services), and the mail bags seem to be about 3' by 2' which comes out at near enough 2" by 1" in 16 mm
Not seen any commercial products available.
In any case, a lot of what happens in 16mm is artistic licence (or pure whimsey if you prefer) and I've not yet encountered a 2' gauge slate quarry railway with any such postal service, just seems like an interesting idea.
Swinging out the net and the bag to be dropped is fairly trivial, but what I haven't yet twigged is the reload mechanism for the next bag to be dropped. ISTR that the Hornby Dublo set merely ejected the previous one picked up.
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gareth
The other description of that is a bit of fun - good for you, what about an unofficial local arrangement between the quarry and local stationmaster - sure a lot of such things went on although more usually local produce as well as post/parcels. Would nylons (ok tights) be made of a suitable material for a hessian sack ? Soak in PVA glue to protect it and maintain shape, fill with a variety cardboard shapes, slither of lead at base give proper projectile properties.
Cheers, Simon
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simon
An interesting idea.
Talking of lead, I wonder what is the soft metal that tubes of medicinal creams come in (for those of us past a certain age!). I've just binned one this morning, and perhaps the heat of melting it would destroy any biological agents anyway?
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gareth
If it is metal, and not a layered plastic/alu/whatever composite, then it's most likely aluminum, sorry, aluminIum. Lead is no longer permitted for this use.
Wolf K.
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Wolf K
Free lead in excellent strips available to all - just look for house where roofing work in progress.
Cheers, Simon
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simon
Thanks. I've found that fine wet and dry is too abrasive - I got the toothpaste idea from an Argentinian modeller who had my spare room once.
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Christopher A. Lee

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