At the LSR Convention in 1999 I
presented a clinic on building wrecked autos. Some of the techniques of that
clinic were applied to the autos used in the construction of the salvage yard.
the size and location for the salvage yard – remember, the larger the yard the
more autos and scrap it will take to make it look real.
like to fence the yard using Campbell metal siding. The siding can be used
straight from the package to represent a new fence or painted a weathered gray
and rust applied to represent an older fence, which seems to be more appropriate
for my taste. To build a fence, I like to pre-stain some strip wood and glue it
together to form a grid upon which I will attach the metal siding. I
place the grid upon the scenery and mark the location for the posts of the grid
then use an awl to make a hole for the posts. Put some white glue in the holes
and “plant” the grid.
the glue has dried, glue the metal siding to the grid, then begin construction
of the gate. I used .060 X .060 styrene strips bent into a rectangle the height
of the fence and 10 feet wide to form the gate. I prefer a gate that looks like
chain link fence so I use styrene as the “pipe” portion of the gate and use
wedding lace from a fabric store for the fence fabric. Spray the wedding lace
with Floquil Old Silver to make a convincing Chain Link gate. Add signs of your
choice to the gate, fence or the Office building.
scene really lets you go wild with detail. I use car doors, fenders and hoods
that I make from my rubber molds. Trees, weeds, dirt roads/paths and almost any
kind of junk you can imagine can be found in a salvage yard. A really nice touch
is a chain hoist hanging from a tree limb with an engine block hanging from it.
Several auto can have men removing parts from them to add interest to the scene.
A few nice un-wrecked autos and a tow truck in the parking lot will help
complete your salvage yard. Oh yes, don’t forget to add a couple of “junk
to Clinics by Paul