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Tunnel portal in foamboard

Available at graphics retailers , the foamboard is a material made of polystyrene foam sandwiched between two sheets of cardboard. It is available in 3, 5, 10 mm thick
This technique is inspired by an Article of Jacques Le Plat (see links) published in  "Train Miniature Magazine" No. 27 January-February 2004
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Handrail in tinned copper wire

The tinned copper wire is available by stripping some electric cables and from electronics retailers. You can use it to reproduce catenary, handrail, guardrail, ladder, staircase, electric line, etc.. . . and even trees!
It is easy to weld, do not oxidize and accepts all types of paints.
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Station platform in MDF

The MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) is composed of wood fibers and a synthetic binder. It offers multiple opportunities for our hobby by its fine texture,
its availability in various thicknesses (3-20 mm) and the ease with which it can be machined. However he fears humidity and is less resistant than plywood.
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Railway crossings in wooden ties

This basic technique for construction of the crossings is used in many parts of the layout : alpine station, coke plant, sawmill, etc.. . .
 Nevertheless, despite its simplicity, it gives a satisfactory result.
 The crossings can be equipped with gates, flashing lights, etc..
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Coal pile and its retaining wall

For the coke plant, I needed to represent different piles of coal and coke.
So I tried different techniques to represent them and here is the one that was chosen both for its simplicity as for its good appearance.
This technique can be used to represent many other piles than coal!
February 04, 2011

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Water treatment pond and pumping station

To represent this pond, I used a PVC pipe plug for wastewater with a diameter of 200 mm. The pump station is my first attempt in scratchbuilding structures .
The photos of real site are from Gilles Durvaux (see links)
and appear here with his kind permission.

February 18, 2011

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