This tip, sent in by Bill Hughes, is possibly the easiest I’ve heard but it’s great for making statues.
For OO scale railways, take a soft drink bottom top and cut it in half (so it’s shorter). Next bye an O scale figure and glue to it the bottle cap. That’s it.
For N scale, use a smaller bottle top (or a toothpaste lid) to make the plynth and then use OO scale figures.
Paint them grey (for concrete/stone or dark brown for bronze) and you have a statue.
Bill said he got this from a friend in the 70s so where it originally came from is unknown but it’s a simple, effective, idea for adding interest to parks, recreation grounds and traffic islands.
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Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
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