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Old 13 May 2006, 00:53   #1 (permalink)
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Default an alternative to polystyrene crators

Every tutorial i have seen for crators requires polystyrene well heres an easy alternative all u need is 2 things:

1. Tin foil
2. mod rock (available at most hobby stores)

all u have to do is create a crator to your sizing with the tin foil then cover it in mod rock sorry i do no have pics showing step by step but i will show some completed and painted ones soon
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Default Re: an alternative to polystyrene crators

I know a way even better

take a cheap doggy bowl you can get many for a pound add pva glue, base, spray, and vola craters.

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Old 22 May 2006, 10:33   #3 (permalink)
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oooh thts good i didnt think of tht show me a pic of one please
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Alternative Idea:

1. Take unwanted or unsusable CD's
2. Old paper (note paper, newprint, whatever)
3. Paper towels
4. Water
5. PVA (or school glue)
6. sand/ballast
7. house paint or primer
8. paints... duh
9. flock or static grass.
10. masking tape

Step one. toss old CD onto work surface and scowl at it :P

Step Two. Tear up and ball up random sixed pieces of paper. Keep them relaitvely small. Tape them to the CD with masking tape.

Step Three. Tear off strips of paper towel and wet with 60/40 mixture of PVA/water. Lay these on top of the waded paper and CD. Push them into place with fingers until they resemble an uneven rigde line around the CD. Soak up any excess GLUE/Water with dry paper towels.

Step Four. Heat oven to 300F (or place crater in sun, if you're scared of the oven). The oven dries it out faster, though

Step five. Primer or use cheap house paint to "seal up the structure"...You may notice gaps at this point. You can either fill them up with masking tape or leave them for bush/flock later. If you tape over the gaps, simply paint over the tape when you're done. Let the house paint or primer dry thouroughly.

Step Six. Paint crater in mottled tones of greay, black, and earthy dirt shades.

Step Seven, flock (if you want to).

This method takes a wee bit of practice, but the CD won't warp, it's lightweight, uses mainly crap you would have have thrown away... Trash art, if you will. Ahe-he-he... 8) They last unbelievably long, and if they break... so what? It's MADE OF TRASH! Make another one.

Cost? Mostly glue and paint
Time to complete? You can easily do numerous craters in one day, if it's hot outside. Two days, max. Number completed depends on you.
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show us some pics of these
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Old 11 Jun 2006, 16:12   #6 (permalink)
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Step Four. Heat oven to 300F (or place crater in sun, if you're scared of the oven). The oven dries it out faster, though
i would not recommend putting cd's in the oven/microwave since the micro waves. (not quite sure how its called) will make static charges on the CD and it gives electrical shoks and ruins your microwave. just lay it in the sun and go (re)paint one of your units or start on making other buildings (or anything)

ps. i'm not 100% sure that an oven uses micro waves.
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it would jus melt the plastic
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from personal refrence DO NOT PUT C.D.S IN THE MOCROWAVE i sitll owe the school $100
 
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gd point
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Ouch... ;D

At the pet store check out the reptile section they sell water bowls that look like rock of all sizes small one for lil lizards and ones for water dragons and iguanas all you'd need to do is wash in warm soapy water prime and paint and *BAM* craters
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