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kgreen

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drainage ditches
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:53:33 PM »
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i am in the process of carving ditches along my layout mainline.  what are some of the methods of doing this in foam.  Tks Kirk



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Re: drainage ditches
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 01:06:34 PM »
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I carve out a vee-shaped ditch on each side of the tracks with a utility knife and then smooth it out with lightweight joint compound.

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Re: drainage ditches
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 01:17:42 PM »
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Thanks dave for your reply. Wasn't sure if it was easier to carve or burn ditches some way.  By the way I am a big admirer of the seaboard and your previous layout.  Kudos, Tks Kirk

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Re: drainage ditches
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 01:21:44 PM »
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I carve out a vee-shaped ditch on each side of the tracks with a utility knife...


Hmm... I use an ice
cream scooper...


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Re: drainage ditches
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 01:22:26 PM »
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Similar to Dave, I use a re-purposed Cutco knife with a smooth blade.  I think it's actually called a paring knife.  It's longer than the utility knife and provides me with deeper ditches.  I usually will try to use the angle of the cork roadbed to project the angle of the ditch.  Once carved, I sand it.  I like using the premixed joint compound as well.

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Re: drainage ditches
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 04:09:31 PM »
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I use an old steak knife with a serrated edge for most of my foam sculpting. Then take joint compound and using my finger smooth the ditch out.
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