After the last post (which you can see here), a few of you got in touch and asked how Kim made his insulators. Kim’s been kind enough to send in this:
“Hi Al. I was asked to show how I made the insulators:
I took the left over plastic from a model. Clean up the pieces so you end up with a plastic stick. Depends on the model, but you can get a few sizes from the left overs.
The first pic is a copper insulator. I didn’t like so I changed them out to these.
The second pic is a plastic stick that has been cleaned up. To start, I picked the size of insulator I wanted and sanded down the stick to the size. Then I snipped the end even and flat. Then I took a block of wood and a piece of fine sand paper wrapped around it and at an angle sanded it down to what you see in the second picture.
The end maybe a little pointy so I would snip off with a knife like you see. Then when happy with it, I cut it off slightly below the sand line.
The third picture is a few sizes I did. I then picked the first size and instant glued it to a piece of paper. Then I picked the next one and put a tiny, tiny drop of glue – don’t want it running all over the place. With this tiny tiny drop, stack them up on top of each other. The paper is so thin it will be easy to remove and your model wont be jammed stuck on a hard surface that you have to pry loose.
Take your time doing them. I rushed too much doing mine and ended up with saggy insulators. I have 18 pole’s to do and the rest will be better.
A huge thank you to Kim!
Kim really is not afraid to have a go at scratch building anything. And I think his insulators look great. I really must dig out more of his stuff.
Anyhow, if you fancy a go at scratch building or just laying track, don’t forget to have a look-see at this guide. It’ll make sure you side step all the usual pitfalls…
Keep ’em coming folks.