August 6, 2017

Telegraph Poles Terrain

I've wanted telegraph poles for my urban terrain for years but lack of O scale stuff locally has made it tricky. After contemplating how hard it would be to just make my own while stuck at traffic lights I finally just hit up the craft store to get some 6mm dowel and some slightly thicker stuff at the dollar store. Sooo here's the recipe. Dowel, match sticks, tiny glass beads, plastic rod or wire, and some thin card from food packaging.

I cut the dowel to about 16-17cm long then bashed the top a bit with a hammer cause poles look like that. Next cut down the match sticks to 3.5cm. I had tried drilling through the match sticks to secure the insulators but it kept splitting so instead I just superglued on the beads directly, then put in some bits of plastic rod, a drop of glue to secure them. Then cut a square of card then halve that and cut out the middle to get the thin L bracket. Glue that to the side of the sticks then a drop of glue on the middle of the stick and L bracket and stick it onto the pole. Do that twice. Worth mention a lot of poles have 3 then 4 insulators for some reason and usually alternating left and right for which side has two. Lastly glue the pole down to a heavy base like an MDF base or washer.


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