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Aluminium Rocks

Postby KEG » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:00 pm

If you are interested to get an idea, how to create cheap lightweight rocks from package waste or household aluminium foil, have a look at the pictures in this German forum:

http://www.die-feldbahnsinnigen.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=699


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It is amazingly easy, to creato a rocky landscape with these materials.

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Postby MT Hopper » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:39 pm

Reminds me of Model Railroader in the 60's.
Crumple the foil up into a ball and then unfold it. Sometimes some of the "points" in the foil appear too sharp. In such case you "modulate" the shape by using a toothbrush or a soft bristle brush to smooth out the too sharp parts. Then in the MR article you poured plaster into it and wait till it nearly set up and "slapped it" onto your layout. It was a great cheap way to make rocks especiallly for teens who didn't have a lot of cash for their model railways.

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Postby Artizen » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:39 am

This is the same technique used on Troels' layout - http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topi ... ichpage=10
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Postby KEG » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:24 pm

Sorry, I was not aware of the fact, that Troel Kirk is using recycled aluminium trash for his modeling of rocke. BTW, a very fine artist. I love his work.

I simply was looking for a solution, to model lightweigt and rigid rocks. Last year I was working with salt & flour, this year I tried aluminium trays and foil. Meanwhile I bought some at one of the 1 Euro shops.

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Within a few minutes (plus painting) I built some basic sample rocks for one of my next Gn15 diorama modules.


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Go ahead and give it a try.

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Postby KEG » Sat May 05, 2012 8:23 am

I just realized a few days ago, you can actually put these aluminium rocks in the kitchen oven for paint and glue to dry (80 degrees Celsius)

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Sand, earth, paint drys rockhard within 30 - 60 minutes


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Postby Adrian » Sat May 05, 2012 11:58 pm

G'day
I just realized a few days ago, you can actually put these aluminium rocks in the kitchen oven for paint and glue to dry (80 degrees Celsius)

Just don't try it in the micro wave :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Postby KEG » Sun May 06, 2012 11:44 am

Never had or used a micro wave. But I was told, you can heat water for tea or coffee in it very fast.

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Bruce Schomberg looks quite relaxed in his new aluminium rock cave.


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Postby MT Hopper » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:22 pm

Further to aluminum rocks here is a link to a video from a company that does 1:1 scale scenery and has done indoor environmental scenery and architectural scenery for such folk as Bill Gates and Donald Trump.
It might prove of use to outdoor and other large scale railroaders http://vimeo.com/42285288
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Postby KEG » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:20 pm

has done indoor environmental scenery and architectural scenery for such folk as Bill Gates and Donald Trump.


So business for Trump and Gates is slow, if they can´t afford the real thing anymore?

If I am using recycled food trays, I know why.


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Postby KEG » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:44 am

Meanwhile I built a few more aluminium rocks


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Its time now, to work on the track and to plant a bit of the green stuff. .

The Diorama will be part of a modular layout, I am working with JL Toeffelholm. Each box is 435 x 8oo mm, 440mm high. We store and use them them in IKEA Ivar shelves.

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Note we are using IKEA Ivar ladders ( 124 cm) for exibition purpose. It´s cheaper and faster than building our own legs.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:10 am

So this is what you keep in your dungeon :lol:
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Postby KEG » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:56 am

Well, it is actually JL Toeffelholm´s workshop I am messing up.
I have only room for one box at a time in my place.

Hard to believe, but we actually have something running
http://video.web.de/watch/8546898 Battery / RC of course.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:18 am

KEG wrote:Meanwhile I built a few more aluminium rocks

ts time now, to work on the track and to plant a bit of the green stuff. .

The Diorama will be part of a modular layout, I am working with JL Toeffelholm.

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Seem to have seen those photos somewhere before Juergen. :wink:
Unless I missed it you haven't explained how you get paint to stick to the Ali :?:
So little time, so many ideas!!!!! GerryB.
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Postby KEG » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:40 am

how you get paint to stick to the Ali


I use a primer from the automobile colours rattle tin shelf.
Over here it is called zinc-oxyde.
For shading and highlighting I mainly use cheap acrylics, drybrushed on most of the time.

Lately I used powders and chalks again as well, rubbed in with the fingers.

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Postby Tomo » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:49 pm

I enjoyed the video, thanks!!

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Postby KEG » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:50 am

Started populating a remote corner of the Aluminium Rockies



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The Lugosi-Flying Schools seems to be prospering. After seeing Jim Jarmusch´s "Ony Lovers Left Alive", I realized, even Vampires need a hobby.


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Postby Nobody » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:12 pm

It's incredible! You made a great work. It gives me a lot of ideas.

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Postby Nobody » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:59 pm

You have built a crazy world ! I like it ! :D :D :D
So, on which planet do you live ?

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Postby KEG » Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:33 am

Piled up some more lightweight rocks for my next Gn15 module


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More pictures in my rock thread in a German forum: http://www.die-feldbahnsinnigen.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=699&p=8331&sid=05808d6428b2063ba08c47de10317dca#p8331


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Postby Nevadablue » Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:40 pm

When I click on the video link, I get a bunch of semi-nude females in all sorts of action besides trains. While enjoyable, that doesn't seem to be radio or battery related. Not fun when my wife walks in and sees the screen covered in semi-nude females... :shock:
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Postby Toeffelholm » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:59 pm

This video link from 2012?

The video hosting service from web.de isn't available any more.
But normally you should come to the web.de page where all the videos from web.de are provided.
But this are video about doped horses of the British Queen, a Hemmingway look alike contest, a pasta eating crab and so on. Perhaps you clicked accidently on the bikini contest video there.

I really don't remember what video this was in the broken link.
I can offer this one, but this is also rather old.
http://www.vidup.de/v/VviGY/Kohlenzug4.mp4

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Postby KEG » Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:30 pm

I was too lazy to built too many rocks. So I simply installed two mirrors.


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Postby gnichols » Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:28 pm

Interesting... looks like a great way to model a "lead" mine for roofing materials or flashing. LOL. Gary

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Postby KEG » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:19 pm

If my lightweight, fast and cheap rocks inspires somebody to model a lead mine, I would not mind to see it some day.

At the moment I mainly play around with model rocks and mirrors.

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I hope to create the illusion of large space in small 800 x 435mm ( 400mm high) modul diorama boxes.

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Postby KEG » Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:21 pm

Time to install some lights and some more props to shield off lousy reflections in the wrong places.

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