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Model Buildings Free Samples

HO Scale model buildings with information about how to build them.

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Static Grass Applicator

How to build your own static grass applicator - CHEAP.

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Locomotive Models

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How To Make HO Scale Leaves

How to make HO scale leaves the fast, cheap, and easy way with the result being fantastic realistic leaves.

Making leaves is a matter of collecting a few very simple and inexpensive supplies.

First you need some spices. Parsley, oregano, basil, marjoram.

Each has its own basic color. But start with the cheapest. And by a large lot.

They all are generally green but their color will fade with time so you have to tint them.

You can use fabric dyes, paint pigments, or acrylic paints.

Fabric dyes and paint pigments tend to work better than acrylic paints. Acrylic paints tend to get hard when they dry. The fabric dyes and paint pigments leave you with a product that is not a bunch of hard balls.

But acrylics can be used. Just be sure to thin it to wash consistency.

To be able to get the varying colors of green that you want, buy blue and yellow colors.

Mix them in a container until you get the green that you want.

Then blend these mixed colors into your spice.

It will have to dry before you can use it. Some people use a microwave. Others allow it to dry on a radiator by putting it in a special made screen container that allows airflow to go through the spice.

After it dries, sift it through a vegetable strainer.

You will get a very fine leaf flock and the remainder in the strainer will be a a very nice leaf.

Both are very useful. And very inexpensive.

Here is a video that you might find interesting.

How To Make Leaves and Gloop