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Speaking of fiddly...
Scale pipe gates. In S scale, they're 16 feet long by 5 feet high. That translates to a 3 inches long and an inch high in round figures. Made out of .020 brass wire and soldered together.
I scribed the layout on a piece of aluminum flashing, laid the outer perimeter over the pattern and then soldered the cross pieces in while holding them in place with a dental tool. Once I got my technique down, it took 2 or 3 minutes per section. One of those jobs where it's best to do a few at a time and take frequent breaks.
That is why I hate to work on my cars, but I love to work on my tractors. With the car (or the truck) it needs to get fixed or I'm stranded. I always seem to need a part or a tool that I don't have. With the tractors, when I get frustrated and pissed off, I can just walk away. Tomorrow is another day. Or maybe next week.PHPaul wrote: ↑Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:28 amI discovered many years ago that the secret is to know when to gently lay down your tools and walk away. Sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for a few days and occasionally for a few months...
If I have to wait a week (or three) for parts, no big deal. Takes all the stress away.
Does wonders for my disposition. I break way less stuff this way.
I like working with Plaster of Paris. To make field stone foundations walls for the barn, I poured some strips 1/8th thick by 1/2 high by 7 long and let them cure.
I let them cure on top of the furnace boiler for a couple of days and then scribed grout lines in them with a dental tool and added some color to the rocks with a combination of oil and water colors.
Then I attached them to a styrofoam base with spray adhesive as they're fairly delicate. The top of the styrofoam was covered with a skim coat of plaster to simulate a concrete floor.
I also finished the haymow floor and cut a bunch more scrubbie bales and glued them in place. The floor is removable. You can see about the front 1/3rd through the mow doors. I may add more details later.
Mostly because I enjoy working with it. Certainly not cheap! I should really look into styrene shapes more.
EDIT: I just checked. Roughly 1/3 the price of brass. If I can find a decent source I'll order up a selection and experiment with it. I've used the sheet stuff, but not much of the various shapes like angle, I beam, round or tube.
The smoke from the flux and (conceivably) the fumes from the solder can be toxic with extended exposure. Most modern solder is low lead so that mitigates it a lot.
I don't do a lot of it, and when I do it's in a well-ventilated area.