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Garlic powder in a small BEACH vignette????

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Garlic powder in a small BEACH vignette????
Posted by KAYSEE88 on Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:40 AM

hello friends!

Ok, so I'm about finishing a 1/35 dirt bike.  I want to place it on a 'beach' somewhere?

Got 2 questions:

  1. Can i use garlic powder for the 'sand'? PropellerI read somewhere real beach sand is out of scale, and my vignette is sooooo small i don't want to buy a bag of sand from hobby store for a one time use.  Also, can i use just Elmers glue to fix the garlic powder to my little round plastic base?
  2. How do i create tire marks in the garlic powder? and how to add shadows to them after?

Thanks for the help, and look out for my posting up of pics on this soon in this section, and in Auto and Figures sections too!  Toast


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Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, November 28, 2019 4:09 AM

I'd suggest not using anything organic, bugs will eat it, even if fixed using some kind of adhesive/binding agent. If the bugs don't  eat it, humidity/moisture  may cause it to decay. Definitely not a good idea. 

Try a plaster base and dust with ground up pastels or chalk sticks.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, November 28, 2019 10:06 AM


 Oh Gosh! Don't use Garlic Powder. There is a sand style stuff used in " N " ( 1/160) train layouts that is better. Use that .You can wet the tires and roll them in the material when it's about half dry.

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Posted by richs26 on Friday, November 29, 2019 3:22 PM

There is a fine grained pet bird gravel available which can be used.

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Posted by Caveman on Friday, November 29, 2019 4:14 PM

I have had some luck using tan tile grout to represent sand.  Stays put and is easily painted.  Seeing what happens to the garlic powder in my kitchen, I would be afraid that humidity would change its composition and color in time.

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Posted by Stuart06 on Saturday, November 30, 2019 6:55 AM

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Posted by the Baron on Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:48 AM


Can i use garlic powder for the 'sand'? 

No.  Do not use food products.  As mentioned above, they can draw bugs, and they will decay and moulder with time.

In addition to the products suggested above, I'll recommend having a look at Woodland Scenics products, too.  That brand is popular among model railroaders, but the products can be very useful to us scale modelers, too.  You can find them online with a web search, but they are also sold at the craft store chains Michael's and AC Moore, too.  Also, if there is any shop near you that caters to model railroaders, they should have Woodland Scenics products.


How do i create tire marks?

I'm not being a smart-aleck, but, use a tire.  Use one of the kit tires, before you attach it, or if you've accumulated a parts stash, use one from there.


...and how to add shadows to them after?

You can use washes and weathering powders to give the tire ruts some shadow and emphasize them.  There are a lot of products available, such as those from AK Interactive or Tamiya.  I make my own washes, using craft-store acrylic paints thinned with water.  And I make my own weathering powders using pastel chalks that I grind myself.  The commercial products do take the guesswork out of making those things, though, if you've never done it before.

Hope that helps!

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