On the Drawing Board
The hardest part was learning CorelDRAW however after purchasing a beginner tutorial and watching most of the tutorials I was armed and ready to start designing. Below is the final result after sending it to the laser cutter.
I'm very happy with the final result. The only thing I will change for the next paint rack I cut is to apply a masking tape skin over the MDF in the area where the logo was engraved, that way there won't be as much of a smoke halo that can be seen in the photo.
It was cut using 3mm MDF, it's unsealed at the moment and I might leave it as it is for a while and see how it holds up to the changes in humidity. I'm currently living in far north Queensland (Cairns to be exact) and humidity has a significant effect on wood like MDF.
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Static Grass applicator V2
The 'Static Grass Applicator' is a tool every model builder should have in the draw! The difference between o.k. looking scenery and absolutely stunning scenery could be as simple as the use of a static grass applicator!
If you're not already subscribed I can highly recommend it, especially if you focus is on model railroads! Ken also hosts the 'What's Neat' videos that get published on the Model-Railroad-Hobbyist YouTube channel which are also a must watch for all of you model train enthusiasts.
SMALL SQUARE HAY BALES
Building simple yet effective hay bales is much easier than it appears! They look fantastic and bring the scene to life.
The secret is static grass but not your regular sized static grass... For these bales in HO scale I had to track down a very short static grass! 1mm grass to be exact. Luckily there is a hobby manufacturer that sells just the right type of grass, they are War World Scenics.
It's possible to carefully dice up some twine to use as the hay fibers however using already made static grass makes the job much easier and faster!
If what you want to see is not on the list you can type it in the suggestion box, if it's something I'm capable of I'll include it in a future tutorial, I'm no expert but I'll sure try my best to get the information you need.
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