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Useful Ebay Stuff

Postby cultureulterior » Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:01 pm

Hi there! First post here. While I'm still gathering materials and working on my initial layout, I really want to talk about just how incredibly useful ebay has been for modeling stuff. Top buys so far for me have been:

  1. 2-wire JST connectors. Fit perfectly into flexitrack power. (£2 for 20)
  2. Arduino compatible & H-bridge (£2.50 + £1) Power+programming for the train. You can connect the H-bridge directly to the Arduino +5v, and get 4.5v out in both directions, and get both power and steering directly from your computer
  3. 1:400 Chinese modeling trees (£3 for 50) and foam (£6 for 250g). Compared to woodland scenics, the shredded foam making up these is significantly leafier and finer. The wire structure of these trees are only joined in one place, the base, so if you want saplings, you can just snip the base off and separate the branches.
  4. 0.5mm Carbon fiber rod(£2.50 for 3m) I use this for poles and girders.

Anyone else have any recommendations?
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Re: Useful Ebay Stuff

Postby dkightley » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:10 am

Its cheaper to make your own trees: http://www.talkingtgauge.net/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=32
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Re: Useful Ebay Stuff

Postby cultureulterior » Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:17 pm

dkightley wrote:Its cheaper to make your own trees: http://www.talkingtgauge.net/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=32


Seems cool, thanks!
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Re: Useful Ebay Stuff

Postby Reith01 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:03 pm

Nice tips. Thanks. I found some trees that would seem to be based on wire armatures. (I've tended to use brass plated picture wire for the main trunks. Might save some time with prefabricated ones).

The problem I'm currently having is finding grass cover fine enough to be a lawn.
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Re: Useful Ebay Stuff

Postby cultureulterior » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:16 am

More repurposed eBay stuff:

  1. 120µm shot blasting abrasive(£4.50/100g) I use this to produce a structured grass effect on terrain (I mix it into green paint until it has the consistency of sugar cookie dough, spread it on with a palette knife, and then paint it with water to smooth it out)
  2. 5x50ml atomizer bottles(£1) I fill these with various mixes of glue/paint/water)
  3. No-name Plasticine(£3.50/500g) I use this for terrain smoothing on top of the foam structure
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Re: Useful Ebay Stuff

Postby christspringer271 » Wed May 25, 2016 3:44 pm

I bought some of my stuffs in ebay but mostly I ask some good recommendations first.
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Re: Useful Ebay Stuff

Postby christspringer271 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:41 pm

I just recently bought 3D pens from ebay and http://www.allthat3d.com. I created a great lay-out and start tracing using Doodle pens which gives incredible output to my 3d print.
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