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People on the layout

Postby 4472 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:42 pm

I am undecided how to place figures. I have a variety of glued direct glued to a small square of plastic and some using Tacky Glue I might want to reposition some at a later date, but I don't want to have them fall over as the express thunders past. What method do others use ??
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Re: People on the layout

Postby Dad-1 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:14 pm

Nearly all mounted on small squares of clear plastic, offcuts from Metcalfe
glazing is good as one side is more satin and reduces reflections.

Why ? Figures can be expensive, a few of mine are individually boxed and cost over £3
each. With 5 Layyouts I need to have figures to use as required rather than bespoke
and fixed to any layout. This also means that every time a layout is used we have a
slightly different scene.

The Thomas layout is a folding design and clearence between scenic components is
almost zero ! Fence posts on one half actually touch the scenery on the other half
hence the requirement for all animals, vehicles and people to be loose items.

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Re: People on the layout

Postby Bufferstop » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:29 pm

Do you have to count 'em out and count 'em back in at the end of the show. Stab their feet into the end of a Pritt stick, then place them carefully and hold for a few seconds.
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Re: People on the layout

Postby George Stein » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:07 pm

There is a material known (at least in the USA) as "morticians wax." It is also used by museums and art galleries to hold, say, a valuable crystal goblet, etc. to a glass shelf and remain unobtrusive. Easy to use and easy to remove. A drop applied to figure's feet with a toothpick (cocktail stick in UK) will hold figure in place but easily moved later. Ask at jewelry store or art gallery. Don't think you want undertaker explaining its real-world use.

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Re: People on the layout

Postby roganty » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:16 pm

On another forum I have heard about Tacky Wax (link - it may be cheaper sourced elsewhere)

I've not used it myself, but it does sound similar to what @George Stein has mentioned.

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Re: People on the layout

Postby End2end » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:20 pm

Wouldn't blu-tak suffice? Clean easy removal and placement.
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Re: People on the layout

Postby mjb1961 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:44 pm

I've been using the tacky wax for a few years now ,I use it for people and animals and I can say that most of the animals and people are still standing after a couple of years ,I use it for fitting cab crew as well ,I also find it good for small pieces of detail that come loose/off on Locos ,the benefit of this is you can't make a mess on the loco like you can with super glue ,,,it is a bit pricey but I doubt you would ever need to buy another ,,,before tacky wax I used UHU ,,glad I found tacky wax ,,,,mjb

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Re: People on the layout

Postby 4472 » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:57 pm

I have uncovered a little red container of Tacky Wax which seems to cover most situations. I only have to superglue the animals on mu hillside
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Re: People on the layout

Postby ElDavo » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:48 am

Go careful with blue tak, it takes the oils from your skin and can leave a greasy mark on anything you use it on.

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Re: People on the layout

Postby Dad-1 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:12 am

ElDavo has a point.

Not that I'm concerned about taking natural oils from my skin. Many years of using
Swarfega ? to clean grease of my hands, washing chains in parafin without protective
gloves and my skins still fine - They're worth it !!

However I used bluetack to hold cars on a hill and when I decided on a traffic change
I found the Bluetack pulled some paint off the road. Yes time for a road repair patch,
all rather prototypical ..........

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Re: People on the layout

Postby stuartp » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:04 am

A bit of 0.33 wire up one leg and a corresponding hole in whatever you want them to stand on. The hardest bit is not snapping the drill.
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Re: People on the layout

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:14 am

4472 wrote:I only have to superglue the animals on my hillside


That's because your using the wrong kind of sheep. Welsh hillside sheep, like their Rugby Forwards come in two varieties, Left facing with shorter right hand legs and right facing with shorter left legs :P
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Re: People on the layout

Postby dubdee1000 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:48 pm

Bufferstop wrote:
4472 wrote:I only have to superglue the animals on my hillside


That's because your using the wrong kind of sheep. Welsh hillside sheep, like their Rugby Forwards come in two varieties, Left facing with shorter right hand legs and right facing with shorter left legs :P



When you started telling a joke about the Welsh and sheep, I thought we might go at a certain tangent. Well done sir on dodging that!! :D :D

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Re: People on the layout

Postby Phat Controller » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:17 am

as a kiwi I was ducking my head too :o
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