Kim’s been in touch again this weekend about some new Pavements (sidewalks for our friends across the pond) he’s made for his layout. He was looking on Ebay for some of the ready made ones like the Superquick and Metcalfe ones you can get in your local model shops, but came to the conclusion that they’re actually way to wide for proper scaled pavements as they come, so they’d need cutting right down to fit where he needed them. This obviously results in quite a lot of waste, so he’s come up with his own, alternative solution.
Here’s what he used!
You know what I used for these? Pan-L- trim (well that’s what it’s called over here). It is used for finishing off the edges of shelves and cabinets. It has it’s own glue on one side that you apply heat to stick it down and is normally supplied on a roll. If you look closely at the stuff and run your finger along it has quite a rough texture like real scale concrete on one site, and is sort of smooth on the other side.
In the photo above I also added a small piece (not tacked down yet, it’s just an example) of guttering area I also made. This is made from one of those coffee stirrer sticks which I trimmed off the end’s as they are rounded. These stir sticks are really thin and you can “acquire” them for free when you buy a coffee at most cafe’s or you can pick them up on ebay or a few dollars/pounds for a 100!
Anyway, you glue it to the edge of the tape to make the gutter area. And add another stick glued to the other side as well to keep the pavement/sidewalk height nice and level. After I glued the 2 pieces of sticks and have given them time to dry, I passed a bit of sand paper over the whole thing to clean up the edge’s so they’re nice and smooth. Then paint it all grey or whatever colour you need.
When makeing the sidewalk’s, ake sure the glue part of the strip is face up as the surface people walk on and the smooth part is places downwards. You glue the the stirring stick’s to this side. As you notice with the way the stir stick’s are staggered in my photos, if you stagger the stick’s like this will add more strength to the sidewalk. Also, don’t use white/PVA glue as it will not stick to the plastic sidewalk material. I’ve found instant glue is best.
The sidewalk in the photo is 36 inches long and is very strong now it’s finished and the glue has set. So it’s well worth staggering the stick’s. At the ends I finished them off square so I can sand it down to make it round like the corner of a real sidewalk. The other end has 2 stick’s so I can turn the corner and continue the sidewalk and be able to round it off as well.
When you go to glue the stick’s down, make sure you leave a 1/4 inch at each end so you can add the next piece of pavement/side walk, then it will look like one long piece. The joint’s can be hidden easily if your going to add lines to represent paving slabs on the side walk.
The road on my layout is made from that thick black craft paper or sort of card board you can get from craft stores. I will add yellow & white lines and cross walks later. If anyone has any questions, please post them up in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them!