What do you do on a Rainy Thursday?

Philip H Apr 29, 2016

  1. Philip H

    Philip H TrainBoard Member

    What do you do on a rainy day? Well if you are home with a sick 5 year old, you try a new scenery technique!

    Over the last several months I've been following and watching Luke Towan's Boulder Creek Railroad vidoes on YouTube. He recently did one on HO hay bales and since I need some hay bales for my N scale layout, I decided to see how they scaled out. I gathered my materials, poured some coffee, and ran the video again to make sure I knew what I was doing.


    Then I started. Since I'm working in N scale, I shortened his 22 inch piece of tape to about 6 inches. I cut the twine with kitchen sheers, and rolled it together per directions. Once glued up it looked like this:


    Here's one without the ruler:


    Then, to be both radical and scale appropriate, I cut the bundle in half. Here you see the two halves with an Atlas N Scale Ford pickup truck, and a keychain John Deere tractor. I think they scale out nicely this way, and will work well as large rolled hay bales in my scenery.


    My thanks to Luke for showing the way. Now to make about a dozen more for my dairy farm!
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Interesting! I am wondering what other ideas he has....
  3. Rocket Jones

    Rocket Jones TrainBoard Member

    Looks great! Now I'll have to look him up on YouTube. Thanks for sharing.
  4. wpsnts

    wpsnts TrainBoard Supporter

    A link to the video.

    Now how to figure a way to make rectangular bales.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2016
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