The return of Linka?

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Re: The return of Linka?

Postby alex3410 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:30 pm

they are making it again, i got mine via http://www.linkaworld.com/Ordering/PayPal_Order_Form.htm

from their FAQ's
The Linka moulds are made from a flexible, rubber-like plastic called Evoprene 960G.

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Re: The return of Linka?

Postby GeraldH » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:24 pm

Just in case anyone's thinking of getting some moulds... In my experience the stone moulds give the most convincing result. Thick Linka roofs don't look great and the joints are often quite visible. I've found that a card roof, with paper/card tiles or slates applied individually or in strips, looks much better. I've never been that keen on the brick moulds as the joints don't always align with the bricks. The timber moulds are not really appropriate for a UK layout.

There were some other more rigid moulds for pavements, a steeple and dormer windows which don't seem to be available any more.
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Re: The return of Linka?

Postby End2end » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:03 pm

GeraldH wrote: I've never been that keen on the brick moulds as the joints don't always align with the bricks. The timber moulds are not really appropriate for a UK layout.

I have just found this (thanks to alex3410 for the link) - http://www.linkaworld.com/How%20To/Troubleshooting.pdf
It says "Just a small point, relevent to Brickwork castings only. It is possible to assemble some brickwork castings upside down, leading to an annoying break in symmetry of the mortar lines. The top row of any brick casting should always be whole bricks - if it starts with a half brick, you have the casting upside down"

I am cosidering the timber mould but only really for fences and the odd shed or 2.

GeraldH wrote:There were some other more rigid moulds for pavements, a steeple and dormer windows which don't seem to be available any more.

I have 3 of the rigid pavment moulds and the steeple. :)
The dormer window and 2 different steeple moulds are now being reproduced too.
Steeple - http://www.linkaonline.co.uk/store/p47/ ... eeple.html
Octagonal Steeple - http://www.linkaonline.co.uk/store/p48/ ... eeple.html
Dormers - http://www.linkaonline.co.uk/store/c28/Dormers.html
Plus N GAUGE moulds too - http://www.linkaonline.co.uk/store/c14/ ... oulds.html
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Re: The return of Linka?

Postby End2end » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:04 pm

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Re: The return of Linka?

Postby TimberSurf » Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:59 pm

I started making linka buildings when they first came out and discovered quickly the best ways by trial and error
My tips:-
Thoroughly clean used moulds to remove all signs of previous casting.
Pre-soak moulds in very soapy water, shake off any excess soapy water then pour in casting mix. (or spray [mist] with slightly soapy water)
I find standard mix is very brittle, I add PVA to water, then powder. Makes a stronger cast and less absorbent when painted.
Use neat PVA glue to join pieces, upside down on a glass sheet, to keep it flat while setting.
Old Linka moulds suffer from age and UV issues making them stiff and cast sticks, don't buy old ones off Ebay!
Make your own pavement by casting a flat slab surrounded by strips of plastic on a sheet of glass, then scratching slab joints in, along a straight edge.
As said previously, roof casts are too thick and joins to obvious, use plasti-sheet instead.
Pre-paint with thin coat as a primer.
Use a "wash" of grey to make the cement colour, then apply brick colour with a sponge as a wiping action over the top. {red brick surface, with grey pointing}
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Re: The return of Linka?

Postby End2end » Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:45 am

Here is my first attempts being made... coming along quite nicely :)
viewtopic.php?f=44&t=44866&p=573228#p573227
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Re: The return of Linka - THATCHED ROOF MOULD

Postby End2end » Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:03 pm

I have just recieved the linkaonline.co.uk newsletter and one of the new moulds they are producing is a thatched roof mould. :)
http://www.linkaonline.co.uk/mem---jeffrey-howe.html
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