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PostPosted: June 21st, 2011, 3:59 pm 
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I was just wondering if any of you folks had come up with a way of producing scale smoke.

For actual smoke I acould use one of the railway sets, but what I was looking for was realistic looking smoke that could be applied to the following . . . .

Ships, artillary, chimneys and damaged vehicles / aircraft.

When I was a kid, I saw a really nice display of model British Army soldiers from the 18th Century all set in a large diorama. There was a haze of gunsmoke from the muskets and plumes of smoke from the cannons. The latter was tinged red and really looked good. It was very fine and had a see through look, so it wasn't the usual lumps of cotton wool. Any ideas ?

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PostPosted: June 21st, 2011, 4:16 pm 
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No idea how the other modeller would have achieved his finish. Maybe they used this stuff or something similar:

http://www.milminwh.com/scalerama_smoke.htm

demo here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiVmwE6g ... re=related

I would have suggested cotton, but dye it first and then when dry tease it out. To help fix the smoke I was thinking about spraying it very lightly with matt varnish using an airbrush. Longer/larger plumes would need some sort of armatures either more cotton wool denser and stiffened or clear stretched sprue.

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PostPosted: June 21st, 2011, 4:20 pm 
I've seen stuff that resembled the spray-on cobwebby stuff, for Christmas trees and...er....stuff, stretched out and thinned out.
I think that there's a material used for padding cushions and the like, that can be teased apart...

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PostPosted: June 21st, 2011, 5:11 pm 
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That Microfibre may be a possibility. I'll have a look for the decorative stuff too.

Thanks for the fast response.

The diorama was in a department store toy display in the 50's, so the modeller may not be around.

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