The talented Dave’s latest installment

Just two quickies today – I’m up against the clock, again…

“One of the best money savers that I’ve found, after decades of using cartridge caulks is:

After you’ve clipped the tip of a caulk or an adhesive tube cartridge, make it just barely large enough to insert a bamboo skewer into it’s tip.

Then, insert the bamboo skewer to puncture the internal plastic seal. Remove the skewer, wipe it off, and you’re ready to squeeze the cartridge trigger gun. Press out what you need for your current project, then reinsert the bamboo skewer about five inches into the cartridge, through the tip. Wrap the tip in blue masking tape.

I’ve found that the bamboo skewer re-inserted into the tip process allows me to then remove the bamboo, and use the rest of the contents of the cartridge for over the next year or so.

The bamboo skewer creates a clear channel for Caulk/adhesive to stay inert from the tip through to the cartridge, but you will need to squirt away about 6 inches of the product to get to the good stuff.


Here’s Dave’s latest update on his new layout. There’s no stopping him!

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And do please do keep ’em coming, folks – just hit reply to any of my emails.



22 Responses to The talented Dave’s latest installment

  1. Willie Kerr (Glasgow) says:

    Hi Dave, once again you are the man. All your wee tips and advice are invaluable to the rest of us. Your new layout is starting to look good once again.


  2. Phil W says:

    Sorry to say this but that canal boat will never get round that corner legally.

  3. Max Dosser (Australia) says:

    Once again Dave continues to astound with his talents and creativeness. I can’t wait for the next installment

  4. Amsterken says:

    Dangerous Dave Great Job !!!!!! I like the new layout set up looks like you don’t have to crawl as much ….. Glad to see ya having fun………Great job on static grass and water….

  5. Michael Ankerson says:

    Best Wished…


    God Bless…

  6. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Very instructive ,by a ” Master Modeler”

  7. Gary D says:

    Your layout looks great. You are really making some good progress. I have a cheaper static grass applicator and after seeing yours work, I might have to buy a better one. What is the name of your regulated transformer with different settings? I’m in the US and would like to get one of those but need some information on it please if you could. Thanks, Gary

  8. Joe Gray says:

    Thank you so much for the great pictorials and super videos..Accolades to you Al and Dave and all the others that oipen our imaginations and answer our questions in such a lovely fashion.

  9. Norman Backman says:

    Fantastic Dave-as usual. Great to see how you do it and prepared to share your ways with us all. Many,many thanks for that.

  10. Cord says:

    Coming along beautifully, Dave!

  11. Peter the Mackem Jones says:

    Once again Dave inspirational.

  12. Tom says:

    Dave is very talented I enjoy his videos very much.
    I have gotten a great deal from them. I thank you Dave for that.

    To Al, Dave and all that contribute to this site all those that comment on this site, to both you and yours … Stay safe … be well … May all that you wish for be the least that you receive. May your memories be many. May you find joy, peace and comfort in all that you do.

    sincere best regards,


  13. Raymond Bove says:


    When do you sleep?

    I am very admirative of what you do and how fast you seem to do it. Your layouts certainly have atmosphere.

    Raymond Bove

  14. Ed Dunaway says:

    Incredible detail work My Compliments to YOU……..

  15. THOMAS says:


  16. Tom Pica says:

    I have not used a static applicater yet but after seeing how much different it make the grass look I will buy one from Micro Mark here in the US(New Jersey) for $40.00. The Noch applicater is a bit too expensive . I do a lot of landscaping and ground layers of different covers and it give a great deal of realism.

    Tom Pica

  17. Thanks all for your kind comments , and Gary D the transformers I use are made by Connect-IT , I bought them through Amazon , they are normally about £10 $15 not sure about use in the USA but maybe you can check them out they are 3 to 12 volts setting in 3 6 9 12
    hope this helps

  18. Gary D says:

    Thanks Dave for information, I appreciate it. I enjoy watching you progress.

    Gary D.

  19. Ian Mc Donald says:

    thanks dave for all the videos the tips and how tos they are great. love seeing the stages take place and of course seeing trains on the track .

  20. Barry Pearlman says:

    Adhesive tubes –
    If the bamboo is not available, try a long sheet metal screw that is just a bit larger than the opening. Screw it in so that it cuts it’s own threads. When you are ready to use, just unscrew. Finished? Re-insert the screw being careful to follow the threads you have already cut.

    Multi-voltage transformer –
    Try Radio Shack. They make a unit that is meant to be used with electronic devices; it is a cube that plugs in to the wall.


  21. Eric Harris says:

    Very interesting Dave. Enjoyed your video immensely. Thank you for taking time out to show us.
    Eric Harris.

  22. Desert Rat PHX AZ Tom says:

    I think TALENTED DAVE needs to set up his on super Dave web site.Many others I see out there are JUST AS TALENTED!

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