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 Posted: Wed Nov 5th, 2008 06:53 am
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OK Here we go. These corrugated iron clad fences are inexpensive and fun to make.




Select a piece of soft board (I used pine) and draw a line about 1 metre long towards one side.  That is the line for your top rail.  Draw a line below the first one.  That is the line for your lower rail.  The rail separation will be dependent on the scale height of your fence.  I chose to make a scale 6 foot hight fence, so each rail is one foot from the top and bottom, viz, 4 scale feet apart.



Mark the lines with verticals which are twice the distance between the posts.  In my case, the posts were to be 15 scale feet apart, so I marked verticals at 30 scale feet. I used 2mm (sorry about the mixed measurements) square spruce for the rails and 3mm square spruce for the posts.  I used track pins to hold the rails in place on the pencil lines, and glued the posts to the rails with tiny dots of PVA glue.



I used wire stripper pliers (pictured) to cut the spruce so that it didn't split and had a square end.



I used polystyrene corrugated card for the cladding and cut it with a sharp hobby knife against a steel rule; scale 6 feet wide.  It comes in sheets about the size of  a DL envelope, 3" x 8 1/4"  10 in a pack for about A$5.00 Be careful when you handle it, as it is fragile and will easlily split along the corrugations.



Once the card is cut into strips, spray it with a grey paint both sides.  I then used rust coloured acrylic paint to mark rusty edges by painting stripes and feathering  towatrds one end.  The pieces in the picture are the results of several tries to get it looking right.



Lay the corrugated card on the board and pin it in place with track pins.  Don't push the pins through the card as the light will show through when it's on your layout.  I then painted the rails of the spruce frame with PVA glue, using a small artist's brush, and laid the frame on top of the card.  Bottles of paint weighed it down to keep it flat.



Here is the fence after it has dried.  The bottom of the sheets were too long in this case, so I trimmed about 1mm off with a hobby knife.  You can see all the different  styles of rust painting and the way the track pins held the assembly while it dried.



This is a small test board I made up when I was researching fake water, trees and other stuff for my wetlands.  I drilled three 9/64" holes along one edge, lining them up with the posts.  I wobbled the drill along the line of the fence to elogate the tops of the holes so I could pour in the glue around the posts.



Offer up the posts to the holes and gently push them home.  Pour in some thick CA or PVA glue around the posts, clamp the fence upright if it's a bit off and allow the glue to set up.



You can see that while the fence is strong enough, the posts that far apart don't look right, so you can cut some dummy posts and add them in.



It looks a lot better with more posts.  The spruce will weather itself in a few weeks.  The cladding is longer than the rails so that the next section will be able to overlap.  The spruce rails are 90mm long, so that is how long I made my panels.  The longest iron fence on my layout is coincidentally, 1800mm.

I hope you found my corrugated iron fence interesting.



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Thanks for the posting showing how and what you used to make the fence, I guessed that you had made up a template of sorts, really good information yet again.

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Nice one Max. Another heading straight for the Forum Index.



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Good one, Max.
Something else to try :cool:

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I like that idea, very effective, I too use that brand of paint and find he bottles are very effective for propping fences up against while they set in the ground :)

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Nice one Max, you've made it look easy.
I'm sure I'm going to need some corrugated fencing on the NE layout somewhere?
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Thanks guys. I don't always get emails of replies, so I often don't find you until I open the forum. Sometimes it takes me a while. Max



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Very good Max.



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