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Eddie Landreth
Fireman

USA
2714 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  1:45:34 PM  Show Profile
I just finished doing the inside of a tunnel, and I pondered a long time about how I wanted to do it. What I ended up doing was really easy and I think looks good as well. Here's the steps:

1. The height of the interior of my tunnel is 3.5", so I cut a piece of cardboard about 4.5" in height by about 20" in length.
2. I then drew two guidelines across it, each 1/2" from the top and bottom.
3. I then loaded up the caulk gun with a tube of Liquid Nails and cut the tip of the tube so that the opening was wide, about 1/2".
4. Next, I squeezed it all over the cardboard and took a popcicle stick and spread it around, leaving it a little rough shaped.
5. After it dried, I painted it with tan paint and immediately sprinkled on some sand while the paint was wet. The result is a tunnel wall with some texture.
6. Using the 1/2" guidelines I drew, I bent the top and bottom tabs at 90 degree angles to the wall and inserted the wall in place in the tunnel. It's a tight press fit so I didn't have to fix it in place with anything, although I could have used some glue or something.

Here's a close-up pic of the tunnel wall in place.



I had thought of trying other things before I hit on this idea. Things like painting aluminum foil, doing the Woodland Scenics tunnel molds with plaster, etc. But this one was really easy, quick (took about 15 minutes total time), and cheap (I think the LN is like $1 a tube).

Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12926 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  2:04:54 PM  Show Profile
Works for me! Looks just like blasted rock.
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12926 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  2:04:54 PM  Show Profile
Works for me! Looks just like blasted rock.
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jatravia
Fireman

USA
2831 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  3:36:57 PM  Show Profile
Looks good - good idea.

Joe <><
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jatravia
Fireman

USA
2831 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  3:36:57 PM  Show Profile
Looks good - good idea.

Joe <><
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Tabooma County Rwy
Fireman

USA
4630 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  3:47:11 PM  Show Profile
Brilliant, Eddie [:-bulb] Very convincing. Hey, have you ever considered writing a scenery book? Maybe you and Harold (hminky) could colloborate on one...you both have some really great, innovative techniques!
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Tabooma County Rwy
Fireman

USA
4630 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  3:47:11 PM  Show Profile
Brilliant, Eddie [:-bulb] Very convincing. Hey, have you ever considered writing a scenery book? Maybe you and Harold (hminky) could colloborate on one...you both have some really great, innovative techniques!
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Cigarguy
Fireman

USA
3894 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  3:53:20 PM  Show Profile
I'll be using this one! Thanks for the info.

Mike
D&B Lumber Co.
"The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"
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Cigarguy
Fireman

USA
3894 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  3:53:20 PM  Show Profile
I'll be using this one! Thanks for the info.

Mike
D&B Lumber Co.
"The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"
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Jerry M
Fireman

USA
4055 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  6:14:12 PM  Show Profile
Looks like you came up with a new easy tunnel method...thank's Jerry
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Jerry M
Fireman

USA
4055 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  6:14:12 PM  Show Profile
Looks like you came up with a new easy tunnel method...thank's Jerry
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mikeLV
Crew Chief

USA
970 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  7:01:10 PM  Show Profile
I agree. Great job!
I'll be borrowing your idea.
Its nice to see something new!

Mike
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mikeLV
Crew Chief

USA
970 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  7:01:10 PM  Show Profile
I agree. Great job!
I'll be borrowing your idea.
Its nice to see something new!

Mike
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RodH
Engine Wiper

Australia
340 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  7:36:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit RodH's Homepage
quote:
From Eddie Landreth
3. I then loaded up the caulk gun with a tube of Liquid Nails and cut the tip of the tube so that the opening was wide, about 1/2".
4. Next, I squeezed it all over the cardboard and took a popcicle stick and spread it around, leaving it a little rough shaped.
5. After it dried, I painted it with tan paint and immediately sprinkled on some sand while the paint was wet. The result is a tunnel wall with some texture.


Hi Eddie,
Your techniques are not dissimialr to my landscaping methods. It is also similar to making soft rocks with foam rubber.
I use brown acrylic (latex) gap filler and cover than with dust and gravel. Have a look at my notes at
http://users.tpg.com.au/bhutchin/HobbyPages/Pages/Landscaping.html

Rod Hutchinson
Growing Old Disgracefully
Australia

Edited by - RodH on 10/09/2005 7:37:03 PM
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RodH
Engine Wiper

Australia
340 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2005 :  7:36:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit RodH's Homepage
quote:
From Eddie Landreth
3. I then loaded up the caulk gun with a tube of Liquid Nails and cut the tip of the tube so that the opening was wide, about 1/2".
4. Next, I squeezed it all over the cardboard and took a popcicle stick and spread it around, leaving it a little rough shaped.
5. After it dried, I painted it with tan paint and immediately sprinkled on some sand while the paint was wet. The result is a tunnel wall with some texture.


Hi Eddie,
Your techniques are not dissimialr to my landscaping methods. It is also similar to making soft rocks with foam rubber.
I use brown acrylic (latex) gap filler and cover than with dust and gravel. Have a look at my notes at
http://users.tpg.com.au/bhutchin/HobbyPages/Pages/Landscaping.html

Rod Hutchinson
Growing Old Disgracefully
Australia

Edited by - RodH on 10/09/2005 7:37:03 PM
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Tileguy
Engine Wiper

USA
166 Posts

Posted - 10/10/2005 :  07:37:49 AM  Show Profile
Good idea.
Cardboard Tubes from rolls of linoleum or mailing tubes could also be cut :)

I wonder how it would look if the caulking were stippled here and there with a brush before adding sand??? Tan colored sanded caulks are also available........ hmmmmmmmmm more tests to do???? ;)
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