Pliable netting for hills

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Pliable netting for hills

Postby mev » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:28 pm

I am about to start some scenery after a long illness absence from my railway. I remember reading an article in Railway Modeller from a female modeller saying that she'd used some kind of close mesh wire or netting that was easily moulded into shape for hills, etc. I can't find the article..it was over a year ago. Anyone any idea what it was called?

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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby mev » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:02 pm

I've found out what it was... Many of you are probably familiar with it.. It's aluminium mesh.. Noch do it but it looks as if you can get it from Amazon, cheaper.

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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby TimberSurf » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:23 pm

Halfords do 25x20cm for £1.50!
Amazon do 300x55cm for £13.00
At the Amazon price, I might consider it!
Davids isopan is also very expensive in car accessory shops, but if you go to garage parts suppliers, a huge tin can be had for very little!
If weight is not an issue, it is a superb combination to work with, make great "Rock formations"
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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby b308 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:56 am

It's an old method, back in the day we used Chicken Wire which is even cheaper, and comes in a size of roll which will keep you going for the rest of your modelling days!

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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby dan8400 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:49 pm

I use chicken wire and cover with modroc. Works really well. The chicken wire is very easy to cut and shape. I then just use a staple gun to fix it down. Very simple

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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby smeghead28 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:23 pm

dan8400 wrote:I use chicken wire and cover with modroc. Works really well. The chicken wire is very easy to cut and shape. I then just use a staple gun to fix it down. Very simple

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A method "as old as the hills" :)
I will get my coat!

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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby dan8400 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:56 pm

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

That cliche is as old as yours!! Lol.

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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby Ironduke » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:48 pm

Well technically what you want is called "bird netting". Chicken wire has 2" (50mm) hex holes in it. Bird wire is like chicken wire only the holes are 0.5" (13mm ish). But many people use styofoam for hills these days.
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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby dan8400 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:02 am

My chicken wire is hexagonal holes that are around an inch.

One benefit having metal underneath is that, if you can attach the ground wire to the chicken mesh, it makes static grass application really easy. Because the whole hill is 'grounded'. You then only have to wave the applicator above all of it and job jobbed

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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby Ironduke » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:59 am

dan8400 wrote:My chicken wire is hexagonal holes that are around an inch.


Pheasant wire? I'm going off what we have in Australia obviously.
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Re: Pliable netting for hills

Postby dan8400 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:57 am

Could well be. All I know is I have a roll of it and it'll probably last my next 2 or 3 layouts :D

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