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You guys are pretty creative!

I am always looking for uses for everyday items on my layout.  Here are a few things I have come up with:

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The trees in the above photo are made from weeds from our garden.  I dried them out, sprayed them with 3M adhesive then put them in a bag with foam ground cover.

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The pavement in the above three photos is asphalt shingles turned upside down.  Some paint and weathering make a pretty convincing road.

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I made bales of scrap metal out of aluminum foil.  I made a 1" x1"x1" box out of wood.  I pack the foil into the box and out comes a bale of scrap metal.  The junk cars are aluminum foil burnished over model cars from the layout.  The shell is then trimmed, painted and dented to produce junk cars.

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The chain link fence is made from window screen.  I cut it diagonally and fastened it to brass post that I soldered together.

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The watermelons are ball bearings that I painted and attached to "mohair" vines.  The tomatoes are shotgun shot that are glued to "mohair" plants.

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The "coal" in this coal yard is creosote harvested from the chimney of my wood burning stove.  I have also used the creosote and ash to weather various items.

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The brush along the right side of this scene is "mohair" packing material.  An elderly friend used to work for a local manufacturing plant that packed their product in this material (back in the 1950's, if I recall) He told me it was called mohair.  He gave me several sheets of the material, which I have put to good use on the layout.  The oil tank is a piece of 2" PVC pipe.

Tom

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For anyone who eats at Cracker Barrel, their "Barrel Burger" comes with a wooden pick to keep the burger together and the pick is topped with a little decorative wood barrel.  The barrel is of course just about the perfect size for O gauge once the pick is cut off. You just need to make sure the wooden pick is safely put away in a pocket before the server clears the table after the meal.

Dale

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