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Buffer Blocks Scratch Build

How do we make a scratch build buffer block

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There are several ways to make your own buffer blocks or bump blocks for your scale model railway. It is a relatively simple job to do. There are many examples of existing buffers on the internet that can then be reproduced.

Take a piece of rails and a wagon or locomotive to ensure that the height of the buffer part is properly aligned with the buffers of the train.

Materials used are: architect cardboard, thin sheet of veneer, balsa wood, thinned PVA glue, acrylic paint and Static Wild Grass Fibers.

Tools to use are: sharp hobby knife, side cutters, tweezers, small flat file, pencil paint brushes.

For the base, draw all needed parts on the on the cardboard, cut it out and glue it together using the diluted PVA glue. Then cover the cardboard base with strips cut out from the veneer. Cut from balsa wood the buffer and glue it to the front of the buffer block. Apply thinned acrylic paint on the veneer and balsa wood, several layers can be needed up to the desired color. Dry-brush to get more depth and color nuances in the surface. Work with some washes to get an extra weathered effect. Finally apply the grass with the static grass applicator. bout one or two hours of work and you are 2 bumper blocks richer.

There are different variations on this type of buffer blocks.


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