“Here is a new idea to add weight to light boxcars etc. I used cut up pieces of old n gauge track rails the length of the car and glued them to the inside base of the truck carriage flat for weight and then snapped the body back on. Add as much as you need and it has a low center of gravity.
“When gluing pieces of foam to each other I use the least expensive linoleum or carpet glue that I can find. I full spread the glue using a 1/16”x 1/16” square notch trowel. By full spreading the glue, you eliminate most of the gaps between the pieces of foam. Also, the dried linoleum glue is soft and readily sands off, which eliminates most of the glue lines between the pieces of glued foam. You still have to put some weight on the foam overnight ( 24 hours )while the glue dries. While the glue is still wet, it cleans up with warm soapy water. For small areas, a caulking gun applied glue works fine, but if you are making a lot of mountains and stacking a lot of foam, the linoleum glue comes into it’s own. It is fairly inexpensive and solves some common problems when gluing foam.
“I use old pill bottles and cake frosting which is plastic for oil tanks, grain storage tanks and I also use my wife’s plastic canvas for ladders and walk ways on the storage tanks, they look like they are scale and all you have to do is glue them on. I also use my extra matt board for buildings, you can buy a 30″ x 40″ sheet for around $6.00.
In between my other projects I decided to build an oil refinery. It will fill a space in the back of my layout about 6 feet long and about 10 inches wide. I’m using a lot of plastic straws for pipe, PVC pipe for storage tanks as well as cans and jars. I built some shut-off valves from metal grommets with small buttons for wheels. I use 1/4 x 1/4 metal screen (for O scale) to build my ladders as well as guard fencing. I glue the screen to wooden skewer sticks to make the ladders. The picture of the single piece of screen came out blurry but I hope the idea is obvious. I have completed my first sub-assembly and thought it might contain some ideas that may be of use to the group.
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