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Making Stuff from Packaging

Posted by Beano Boy on 06 Dec 2017, 06:21

Making Bases.

I made my first base when i was a boy of 11,because i come from a generation of make do.
As i near becoming 69 i thought it was time i passed the process along.

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A few days ago the mail arrived,and with lots of free packaging.
"I`ll use some of this".i said to MrsB."___ She smiled.
Well i was in between model making toys as things were glued up and drying.

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So i selected and cut good size pieces to the required size. These will cost a few Pennies for PVA Glue,and dry sand used. The two will be glued together one on top of the other.

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The corrugated groves reinforce this base by running opposite__ across each other. ;-)

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Once glued together it was laid out upon a flat surface to dry out.

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When it was completely dry one side was brushed over with glue.

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It was then time to lay it flat and sand it for the first time. One just need patients waiting for it to dry.

Eventually It was turned over and the sand moved aside.
Glue was applied like before and after laying it flat. Yes it was sanded.

So each side was sanded this will stop it from bending.

Once dried out it was turned over and that side glued up and sanded again .
Then after drying out the other side was re-sanded as before.

When dried hard it remained flat,and so it was time for the edges to be treated.
Brushed with the glue,and making sure it was worked into the groves it was laid out flat and sand was poured over it and pushed into the glue.
This process was repeated on all the edges.

I actually made two good bases for this demonstration.

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After a tidy up they were left flat for a couple of days to completely go rock hard,and without bending a bow.

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I love it when a plan of action requiring very little work time comes together.

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Flat hard as rock on both sides,and cheaper than chips to produce.

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My friend Blucher1815red,said of me on You Tube," Paul makes things out of nothing." Of course one must have something to botch a playful brush upon,.......

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.. but in this case cardboard packaging was a good strong no extra cost something to use.

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There you go job done and sand brushed away.
They are ready for any artful imagination to gander a smile upon.

Yes one can buy ready made tiles or bases,
but this is quite a fun time satisfying playful easy thing to do.

Upon my large table top i actually made more sanded things,but they are for showing upon another day. Thanks for taking time out to look. :-D BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 06 Dec 2017, 08:21

I just checked these out,and realised they are well fit for purpose and really in terms of price cost nothing at all to produce.


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Here they are my other flat double sided shaped bases. However all is not as it first appears to be,because by pealing off the facing paper from the cardboard on one side then sanding it in the same way as already described.

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Other uses come into play. unfolded before your very eyes, a stretch of garden or just a 15mm field.
All they need is a little bit more of imagination to colour and dress up. Perhaps even yours?

I hope some have found this topic interesting?
Like the cardboard this information comes for free.BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 08 Dec 2017, 07:50

A delivery of very large cardboard arrived yesterday,
and is large enough for 28mm ploughed bases. :-D Magic! BB
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Posted by Wiking on 08 Dec 2017, 15:24

Nice use of stuff.
The shape of the things in your last pic look like you use your old soles too. :oops:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 10 Dec 2017, 03:21

Yes Mrs B,and i realised the shoe shape shuffle of sandy dandy things too.
Top Tip, is to stop them bending sand the bottom too.
It only entails another couple of minutes extra work.
Another tip is, cutting bends and curves into the pieces actually make them stronger than straight line of sight bases.
As for fields they come in all shapes and sizes. Cardboard offers many a choice other than using carpet or doormats. I will be doing a few walls next. Perhaps a complete building later.
I wonder how that sandy dandy will turn out ? ;-) BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 13 Dec 2017, 20:12

THE START OF SOMETHING

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Part of a plastic reel that came in a Garden Plant Wire Tie roll delivery. The plastic is very brittle and so therefore is not suitable for conversion,but has a good use as a tool.

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Here i used it as a pattern to trace around,and once mapped out my salotape role was placed so the drawing was in the middle,then i drew around the outside of the tape.

A START OF A SOMETHING ELSE____________ A WATER WHELL

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This sure saved time on measuring and marking out , and apart from a ballpoint pen and a craft knife no more tools were needed to make both sides of this wheel.
It sure is surprising how packaging can help out the model maker. One just has to have eyes for it.

The next part will follow shortly. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 13 Dec 2017, 20:34

A WATER WHEEL! I type far to quick. :eh:
I`ll try and use throw away stuff on this one. BB
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