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Modelling Tip Of The Day – 34

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 34

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 34

This Modelling Tip Of The Day is an ongoing series, in which we’ll be posting a modelling tip that may be of use to the newbie right up to the seasoned modeller.

Today’s tip is:

Recycle Re-Use

Building Download Card kits or scratch building is a very cost-effective way of adding buildings & details to a layout/diorama. Save card packaging from the likes of breakfast cereal boxes as these are ideal for use as the base layers on download kits. It’s also worth asking shops if they have any waste cardboard they don’t want as this can be a free source of modelling material. Other everyday waste objects can make for a great source of modelling materials as well. The late Alan Downes, who was one of Britain’s master modellers was great at turning everyday waste objects into modelling masterpieces. One such example was his stunning model of a steelworks which can be seen below.  So think before you throw, ask yourself can I re-use this?


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  1. Weeblexx123

    Great modelling tip, I never throw anything away before thinking can I use it. I keep plastic sprues and offcuts bits of card, cardboard packaging bits of foam etc etc The household plastic recycling container is a treasure trove especially packaging with clear film that is excellent for glazing 🙂

    • Iain

      Great tip with the glazing Weeblexx123.

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