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  • Member since
    July, 2019
  • From: Nebraska
Rubber Linked Mats
Posted by Larry_B on Sunday, August 11, 2019 6:52 AM

OK need some ideas again...

On my 1:24 scale model of the LA City No 2 fire boat I would like to simulate the rubber linked mats (I've seen them made up of recycled tires) that were on the deck.  From my information they are 4' wide by maybe 10' long and were placed on the deck around the perimeter of the boat for traction.

I've looked at small wood grates used to simulate hatch grating covers on old ships.  I'm thinking they will be to thick and may not stand up to thinning in my thickness sander.  I found somthing at a modeler's web site in Austraila, but inquiries about details of the item have gone unanswered and shipping is rather steep for a $4 purchase.  Any ideas on what to look for?  I've thought of scratch building them, but if I do I need really small retangular parts at a consistent size that I don't think I can make myself.

Thanks

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, August 11, 2019 5:57 PM

I remember those mats.  My old front door welcome mat was made that way IIRC, a half inch (+/-) thick woven of half inch strips  

0.5 / 24 = 0.020.  

Use some 20 thousand Evergreen plastic and cut your mats to size  Paint dark gray.  Dry brush one direction with a coarse brush in light gray.  Go back and brush cross wise in black.  

Trying to replicate the woven mats would likely be very time consuming with marginal results. 

Cant think of a suitable PE application. 

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, August 11, 2019 11:37 PM

On what Ed said, once you get a section made up, like 4’ by, thats a 1/2” square.

You can easily make clone by by burnishing aluminum foil down on it.

Thats a delicate thing as any errant finger will ruin it, but it paints well.

  • Member since
    July, 2019
  • From: Nebraska
Posted by Larry_B on Monday, August 12, 2019 4:38 AM

GMorrison

On what Ed said, once you get a section made up, like 4’ by, thats a 1/2” square.

You can easily make clone by by burnishing aluminum foil down on it.

Thats a delicate thing as any errant finger will ruin it, but it paints well.

 

Could you expand on this technique?  That was my concern is making something that small that any deviation will be noticeable.  But making a 1/2" by 1/2" 'master' then making copies/clones, if that is what you are meaning, might be doable.

Thank you.

 

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