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Scratchbuilding Star Pickets (Y posts)
outback
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 10:50 PM UTC
Hi.

I looking for a good way to make my own star pickets / Y posts. I have an idea using styrene strip but if you know of a good method I would be grateful.

Cheers
Shane
slodder
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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 11:01 PM UTC
If it's just a garden stake I'd look to see if there was a premade plastuct or evergreen available. Also the scale is going to affect the method. 1/35 is pretty small for what I see in this search
Google star picket
outback
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 11:35 PM UTC
Thanks for replying Scott. They're not your normal garden stake although I have a few holding some trees up. Here's a couple of pictures

Neither Plastruct nor Evergreen have anything that matches.

Cheer
Shane
Cuhail
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 02:05 AM UTC

This, my fine, modeling friend, is going to be one of those instances where you're going to have to go outside the modeling genre to find your material. This may have to be "Scrounged material" and found in an obscure place.
I have a bin or two in my "spares box" that are filled with bits and stuff from alarm clock parts, old lighters, old electronic bits, and the like. This is the kind of stuff that's going to have to be made into your star stakes.
Maybe some very small bits of wire or something you'd find in the beading and jewelry section at Hobby Lobby or similar stores.
What it all comes down to is there isn't an equivalent to this IN the modeling genre, so, adaptation is the trick.

My $.02
Cuhail
matt
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 02:53 AM UTC
A "Tee" shape may work if you try to bend one leg of it. Plastruct does offer some.
jasmils
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 03:25 AM UTC
Shane,

Give Mouse House a call, I'm sure we can supply them from our Centurion update kit (MA111).

Cheers Jason

PS dont go by the photo on the wesite. They are not bent as seen in the photo. I will post a better picture tomorow.
outback
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 02:45 PM UTC
Thank you all for your replies. Jason, thanks for the pointer. As I've wanted some of the other mouse house items this will give me a reason to order the set with pickets as well as a couple of other things.

Again, thanks to all who replied.

Cheers