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Trackside buildings tend to have windows, and the illusion is not helped if inside the buildings there is nothing. A recent 3 story building (see here) has a large downstairs area. What might go there? A scalextric layout!

So - an upside down revell display case base, some plasticard, some milliput and some paint later and here it is! (I think the cars are more like 1/24th, making it only 1/768 scale)

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Thanks guys! Probably should have done it better, but it is going to be inside a building!

milliput was really easy to work with, just banged a blob down and squished it into shape with a pointy stick! But painting with a good brush made all the difference.

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Great stuff Astro! I had also something like that on my mind...
You worked it out great!!!

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Very cool Astro. A miniature slot car layout is something that's been in the back of my mind for some time now. I was going to simply paint the cars on the track, but I like your idea much better. What is Milliput?
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milliput is a 2 part modelling clay stuff, it says it sticks to plastic, metal wood and all sorts. I am a recent convert after buying a packet of the 'silver/fine texture' variety. You mix together 2 equal parts of different coloured clays (like stiff blu-tack), and then shape bits of it. Dries solid in about 3 or 4 hours, up til then you can shape and mold it. Also you can brush water on to make the surface softer/smoother, easier to mould.

Used to use plastic putty from humbrol and revell, but they start off too runny, are the right modelling consistence very briefly (but too sticky), they shrink as they dry and they can melt the plastic they are attached to. So this stuff is much much better in every way!
 

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Sacesta, on this side of the pond, you could look for Fimo modelling clay in arts/crafts/miniatures stores. Not a two part material, it hardens by briefly baking it in an oven. When dry, you can paint it, glue it, etc.

Not sure if Milliput, or similar, is available here - haven't seen it, but again, any good art or craft shop will have something useable.

PS - Astro.... I think this idea will be stolen by many!
 

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Very nice Astro!!
Not only will I try your idea, I'll add a bar and maybe a toilet!
(beer is only rented) Perhaps a work table with my opponents desperately trying to tune to compete with me! Sky's the limit!! Ha ha! I shall rule the micro-world!!

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Absolutely fantastic! Reminds me of my 2mm wargames armies (i.e. 1:900 scale). How big is it?

Mind the big question is that since the layout inside your building inside your layout has it's own building whats in there?


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Really cool! Cracking idea mate!


QUOTE Very nice Astro!! Not only will I try your idea, I'll add a bar and maybe a toilet! (beer is only rented) Perhaps a work table with my opponents desperately trying to tune to compete with me! Sky's the limit!! Ha ha! I shall rule the micro-world!!

QUOTE Mind the big question is that since the layout inside your building inside your layout has it's own building whats in there

But I think you've opened a real can of worms.....

Can't wait to see what comes next!

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Hmmm... I'm thinking concession building with 1/1024 model of the actual track inside, beer garden on one side, arcade on the other.... Thanks, Astro!


Don't worry... you'll get credit
... I'll call it something like Astro's Autodrome!


I can see it now.... special SF section for 1/1024 Tracks & Scenery!
 

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Hahaha this is INSANE!!! (but then the positive meaning of the word!!!)

Beautiful!!!!

gRACEtings,
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QUOTE (astro @ 29 Nov 2004, 14:28)milliput is a 2 part modelling clay stuff, it says it sticks to plastic, metal wood and all sorts. I am a recent convert after buying a packet of the 'silver/fine texture' variety. You mix together 2 equal parts of different coloured clays (like stiff blu-tack), and then shape bits of it. Dries solid in about 3 or 4 hours, up til then you can shape and mold it. Also you can brush water on to make the surface softer/smoother, easier to mould.

Used to use plastic putty from humbrol and revell, but they start off too runny, are the right modelling consistence very briefly (but too sticky), they shrink as they dry and they can melt the plastic they are attached to. So this stuff is much much better in every way!
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QUOTE (Fergy @ 29 Nov 2004, 14:34)Sacesta, on this side of the pond, you could look for Fimo modelling clay in arts/crafts/miniatures stores. Not a two part material, it hardens by briefly baking it in an oven. When dry, you can paint it, glue it, etc.

Not sure if Milliput, or similar, is available here - haven't seen it, but again, any good art or craft shop will have something useable.

PS - Astro.... I think this idea will be stolen by many!

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Thanks for the info guys. Much appreciated. Fergy, I think you're right - I've got a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more 1/1024 scale stuff in the future - now what can I use to power it up? Hmm...

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I told the missus I wanted a 1/1024 scale slotty set after seeing this post. She looked at me blankly for a while then eventually asked what I was on about.

Then she started laughing saying something about it being like "that village in England that had a model of the village in the village and a model of the model of the village in the model village and a model of the model of the model of the village in the model of the model of the village.."

..then she asked if I needed my eyes tested if I wanted to do such fine work


It's a brilliant idea Astro - I'll shortly be building a "Monza-esque" track & will be modelling it as per your idea for certain!
 

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QUOTE (astro @ 29 Nov 2004, 20:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>milliput is a 2 part modelling clay stuff, it says it sticks to plastic, metal wood and all sorts. I am a recent convert after buying a packet of the 'silver/fine texture' variety. You mix together 2 equal parts of different coloured clays (like stiff blu-tack), and then shape bits of it. Dries solid in about 3 or 4 hours, up til then you can shape and mold it. Also you can brush water on to make the surface softer/smoother, easier to mould.
Used to use plastic putty from humbrol and revell, but they start off too runny, are the right modelling consistence very briefly (but too sticky), they shrink as they dry and they can melt the plastic they are attached to. So this stuff is much much better in every way!

My brother used to model 3D badges with some plumber's stuff from the USA that was darkish green. It is not available in the UK and he had to buy several packs and get it sent over. I believe Dungeons and Dragons modellers use it a lot. He would cover a basic shape moulded from Milliput and then carve the fine detail. Imagine a 2cm high figure with every link in the chain mail individually modelled!
 

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Excellent stuff, now get help and make certain that it is professional help!

I will of course be stealing the idea for my next track layout.................
 
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