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(Login eyalrein) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 126.96.36.199
I have a problem which I can't seem to solve about wooden bases. after I put the modelling paste on them, they bend.
after some more drying time, they straighten up, but not totally.
I thought at first this is because water reach them, and weaken the wood, allowing the hardening modelling paste to bend the wood, but I tried to spray lacquer on the wood to seal it and it didn't help.
I don't mind the bending in smaller bases, but my next project is the mighty leopold, and the base is 1 meter long, so Im not sure how will it stand the bending.
any help will be greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advance.
I'm no carpenter, but AFAIK unseasoned wood will bend if it gets wet, is subject to heat and cold, or similar changes in conditions. If you want to use a wooden plank as a diorama base, I think you'd have to go for seasoned wood.
The easier alternative would be to use plywood (the boards that consist of 5+ layers of thin wood laminated together), chipboard (use the type with a plastic coating), or something similar. My preference would be plastic-coated chipboard, as you can get the top surface of it wet without affecting the integrity of the board. However, for a diorama a meter long, it might not have the required strength.
I've not tried this but it sounds eminently sensible to me:
He uses Plexiglas/Perspex slabs as the basis of the groundwork. It is inorganic and not prone to being affected by water, so Steve aplies the groundwork to this and bonds the Plexiglas to the wood base (actually I think he may attach the Plexiglas first and then the groundwork but I am too bone idle to look up one of the Mil Mods in which he described the process). Plexiglas is available in big sheets so you should not have a problem obtaining a strip of sufficient size for your K5.