Telegraph poles - Line poles
There have always been line poles along the German railways. In some
spots, you can still find them. Since they appeal to my
imagination, I looked for a low budget manner to scratchbuild them.
Dimensions : diameter 6 mm, length above the ground 23.5cm
a black border of about 1.8cm. The widt of the crossbeam
cm and the insulators are 3mm by 6mm of height..They are fixed with a
brass rod of 0.8mm.
The top of the pole is is mostly pointed. The pole is painted dark
brownisch and weathered .
The crossbeam is made of 2mm L-profile (plastic or brass).
insulators are sef-made, carved out of a wooden rod of 3mm diam. A
little hole is drilled on the underside and the brass wire is glued.
Then a little hole is also drilled in the crossbeam and the insulater
is fixed with glue onto the beam, taking care that the wire outpasses
the beam with 1 or 2 mm. The band which contours the pole is made of
thin alu foil , glued and painted.
2nd version :
Update : 14.01.2010
I've been looking to make the cross-beam in a U shape, with as max
dimensions 2 by 2mm. Today , I 've found in a local trainshop, OLAERTS,
the following item : K&S engineering from Chicago : Square
1/16 x 0.014 stock no 1497
It's a hollow beam that I transform to a U-shape with the aid of my Dremel. Photos will follow.
Above plastic insulators who will lateron replace the wooden ones below
Along the railroad track, we frequently find some used ties. They are
made of a wooden beam of 8 by 5 mm. The upper edges are
rounded off. The the upper side is carved to obtain the specific
structure. I painted them first with Tamiya acrylic paint XF-10, dark
brown. Then black and rustpowder can be added.