Fencing lessons

20 May

Over the years I have adapted my modelling to suit my persona – heavy handed & clumsy. Finescale modelling usually requires finesse and a delicate touch but can still be achieved with a Hacksaw and flame thrower.

My approach to fencing is one such area of experience over expectation. No fine and delicate plastic fence posts for me, I would shatter them whilst track cleaning. Brass, that is usually stronger than my skin, so is my material of choice, except that is, for price. Having run out of brass tube, I delved into Eileen’s Emporium only to find that copper tube was 20% cheaper. Still stronger than skin so it was duly ordered.

I have chosen to model a 3 strand post and wire fence for the colliery, including that which separates the exchange & colliery yard from the BR main line. 3/32″ copper / brass round tube, 22mm long is sunk into the baseboard leaving 16mm upstanding. I Pre drill and solder one post per run of wires. These are then soldered onto each post in turn, a slow laborious task but which hopefully rewards with a sturdy, convincing fence. Stiffeners are added using brass strip shaped to fit. My trusty TC Antex iron, set at HOT HOT HOT, makes short work of the joints. Sadly today it made short work of my finger and thumb as I grabbed it unseen and found the tip not the handle!

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The BR boundary fence uses square posts, 1/16″ brass square tube of the same length & protrusion. This time I have gone for a 5 strand wire fence. The wire itself is 0.31mm nickel silver wire, in both 300mm and 450mm lengths.

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The final section of fence represents the common KEE KLAMP industrial fencing. This uses the Shawplan cast white metal posts with shaped 0.7mm brass wire rails. All have received a coat of grey primer, the post and rail fence will the gain various weathered wood shades. The KEE KLAMP fence may end up yellow or white as it needs to be visible at night.

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