|You don't have to be an artist to
create realistic model scenery. All you need is some basic knowledge, materials,
tools, and a little imagination. Throughout this website, we have provided
some technical information on our products, and look for our
on "how to use" them. There are several good books available that provide advanced and detailed information on modeling scenery.
Before getting involved in the actual building of a model, the most important detail to consider is SCALE, which will determine how big your model will be. SCALE simply means the ratio of the model compared to the real life object. An example is that when we say its scale is 1:87, we mean that the model is 1/87 as large as the prototype, or the real life object. Therefore 1 inch on the scale model represents 87 inches on the prototype. Your model will look much more realistic if you keep the components on your model in the same scale.
Gauge is a model railroad term used to describe the distance between the railroad tracks. In most cases the standard gauge is used and it is also built to scale. Model Railroaders use the terms Gauge and Scale interchangeably, HO-Gauge and 1:87 both mean that the model is 1/87 the size of the real thing. The following chart shows the relationship between Gauge, Scale, and Ratio. Only the most popular Model Railroad and Architectural scales (*) are indicated in this chart.
|Gauge or Scale||Ratio||Scale (feet)||Scale (metric)|
|1/18" = 1'
1/16" = 1'
1/13" = 1'
1/8" = 1'
1/7" = 1'
3/16" = 1'
1/4" = 1'
3/8" = 1'
1/2" = 1'
|1.38mm = 305mm
1.59mm = 305mm
1.90mm = 305mm
3.18mm = 305mm
3.50mm = 305mm
4.80mm = 305mm
6.30mm = 305mm
9.50mm = 305mm
12.7mm = 305mm
Note: 305mm = 1 foot
There are many suitable adhesives on the market today but no one adhesive is suitable for all your modeling requirements. We recommend an acrylic matte medium or white glue be used to secure most of our products as both of these adhesives are water soluble, however, a contact cement will be useful in some applications. If you are going to use white glue, you may want to dilute it with water using 2 parts glue to 1 part water, or a 1 to 1 ratio, depending on its application. You should also add a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent which will help break up the surface tension of the water. You may also consider adding a small amount of latex paint which will tint the glue and help hide any bare spots
Keeping it simple:
Start small and gradually expand in easy, controllable steps. Many other factors have to be considered, depending on your hobby. Discuss your plans with your hobby shop, or try to find a club which can help you. As mentioned, there are many magazines available, that can also help you determine your hobby needs. Finally, remember to Have Fun!
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