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Home Made 28mm Scale Trench - Completed Pics Added

Postby Captain Darling » Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:37 pm

Hi All,

I searched the net for 28mm pre-made trenches but couldn't believe the prices (even though I know resin isn't cheap as I do some of my own casting) so I decided to make my own.

I decided to initially make three parts so my trench could vary in length two ends and a centre, one thing I noticed with the pre-made trenches most lack of ends so your trenches just stop open ended unless they but up against the board edge!

"ingredients"
ABS plastics scraps left overs from my 1/6 Tiger
Left over polystyrene packaging
General purpose glue
Plaster
sheet styrene
Long skewers
Some basing 'gravel' and green scatter

I had all this on hand so dove in!

1. cut and glued the polystyrene to my shaped ABS bases trench depth 2cm, I rarely work with polystyrene but everytime I do swear I'll buy a wire cutter, one day I may!
2. plaster over the polystyrene some sanding will be required to make the ends but up with a semblence of smooth continuity
3. build the trench lining with sheet styrene, score it at 5mm intervals to resemble planks
4. create wood uprights for 'supporting' the planks from the skewers and glue in corners and regular intervals
5. paint and finish

Too easy! The sections are very light thank to the polystyrene fill and the ABS is very rigid so these wont bend and crack the plaster finish...Just dont drop them! :shock:

Cheers
Pete

Three part design:
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Glue polystyrene to the ABS base:
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Plaster and sand:
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I didnt take a picture of the 'raw' trench lining but I fixed it in place painted everything and added some basing materials. I still may umber wash the mound to blend colours together and black wash the trench lining and bring out plank highlights.
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A few of my Perry Yankees trying the 'complete' portion, you'll see where the centre buts up to the end I'll need to do a little more shaping so they match a bit better...
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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench

Postby Dropbear » Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:22 am

That has come out very nicely indeed.

I made an attempt at making something similar but used MDF boards, masking tape, cardboard and thick kebab sticks, as seen in this blog post: http://shelldrakewargames.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/bolt-action-atlernative-history.html

I haven't painted it yet... not even sure which box in the cupboard it is :?


I also made my own hot wire cutter from a mobile phone charger. A bit dodgy, but it works. A link to better plans than what I made is in the post: http://shelldrakewargames.blogspot.com.au/search/label/hot%20wire%20cutter

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench

Postby Captain Darling » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:51 pm

Nice zig zag trench Dropbear! That whole jungle game setup looked cool.

The foam cutter link is interesting it doesn't look too hard to make one and I have a few of those chargers lying around in shed from old electrical items...THANKS!

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench

Postby straylight » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:36 am

Pete, I have a hot-wire cutter that you can use. I made it following the instructions in Silicon Chip, many years ago. It uses a PC power supply, a spring to keep the tension on the cutting wire and is set up to give a cutting throat of about 600mm and height of about 250mm. Cuts expanded polystyrene as well as foam.

PC power supplies are excellent. Even the old ones deliver more current than you would ever need.

nice trenches, even nicer in the flesh.

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench

Postby Captain Darling » Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:01 pm

Hi Stu,

I forgot you had a wire cutter! I'll remember for next time!

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench

Postby Admin Fella » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:16 am

Nicely done there mate.

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench

Postby fanai » Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:58 am

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench

Postby Kokoda Guy » Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:23 pm

Just noticed this....absolutely great work mate. I love the grass at the "bottom" suggesting resumption of "normal" ground outside the trench.

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench - Completed Pics Added

Postby Captain Darling » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:15 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Below are some pictures of the completed trench (for use prior to 1900). Im planning on adding a few more lengths but will visit Stu to use his hot wire cutter when I do! :D

From the front its a dirt trench:

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From the reverse its more of a brestwork/redoubt (didnt worry about turning the figures):

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench - Completed Pics Added

Postby Dropbear » Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:28 am

Looks great - now you just need some troops to attack it :twisted:

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench - Completed Pics Added

Postby Kokoda Guy » Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:19 am

Very nice Darling!


Not sure who all those grandads with shotguns in the trench are though..local trap shooting club?? :)

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench - Completed Pics Added

Postby Captain Darling » Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:02 pm

Hey Darryl,

Thanks for the complement and they'd be the old men of the 1st Virginian Local Trap Shooting Club Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia :D

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench - Completed Pics Added

Postby Kokoda Guy » Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:57 pm

Ah...."The War of Northern Aggression" as my old friend Barrett Tillman likes to refer to it!

I didn't think they looked much like Belgians or Russians :)


You've done an outstanding job there mate. If I ever get back to WW1 I may pinch your ideas..with suitable royalties paid, of course..

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Postby Admin Fella » Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:20 pm

Nicely done mate.

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Re: Home Made 28mm Scale Trench - Completed Pics Added

Postby straylight » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:40 pm

I believe they are using elephants as targets. Getting their eye in.

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Postby fanai » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:01 pm

Straylight - no just current union reenactors
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