MODEL FO­LIAGE MA­SONRY

Model Rail (UK) - - Gothic Modelling -

Many pe­riod build­ings, par­tic­u­larly in the Gothic Re­vival style, are fes­tooned with in­tri­cate dec­o­rated stonework, a favourite be­ing ‘swags’ of fo­liage. How is it pos­si­ble to model the flow­ing, flo­ral shape of carved stone in 1:76 scale? My so­lu­tion? Minia­ture chain, as used ex­ten­sively in model boat building. I found a suit­ably sized chain (in this case 1mm, 2mm and 3mm brass chains) and, when work­ing around the in­side of the arches, an­chored one end with a pin though a small drilled hole. I ran cyanoacry­late gel along the in­side of the arch and then stretched the chain away from the an­chor point and into the gel. There is sim­i­lar dec­o­ra­tive ‘fo­liage’ around the tops of the col­umns. Here, I glued the chain cen­trally, a cou­ple of links at a time, and let grav­ity drop the rest of the chain into the gel.

Above: The chain, an­chored by pins, is held in situ as the cyanoacry­late gel cures.

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