Saturday, March 2, 2019

New video: Scale model detailing hint - drink more whisky!

I've been busy on my second scratch built 1:20 scale building, and yesterday I built a small lock for the door. I'm rather happy with it. While I was building it, I thought I should do a video for you guys explaining the brilliant, brilliant material that I used to make it: metal foil from the top of whisky bottles.

Scratch built padlock for scale model diorama

I absolutely love this stuff (the foil that is, not the whisky. Although I love that too...). It's really malleable, incredibly versatile, and it comes free with sweet, sweet whisky. Win/win.

Using metal foil from bottles for detailing scale models and scratch build dioramas

As I outline in the video, there are literally millions of uses for this when detailing your scale models: seatbelts, rifle slings, brackets to mount pipes to walls, plant leaves, clothing, fabric, etc etc. The only limit is your imagination.

It holds its shape forever. It takes paint beautifully (although I'd be safe and prime it first just to be 100% sure). It's available in a range of thicknesses, from almost 1mm to 0.1mm, depending on what bottle you source it from.

Plus, did I mention you get to drink the whisky inside the bottle?

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Scale model detailing hint: Drink more whisky!



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