Cheap Model Tarpaulin Wagon Sheets

Following on from my last effort on the wagon sheet, Bob Alderman posted a comment on how he does tarpaulin sheets on the Guild forum, which was a commercial paper sheet suitably scrunched up and then wet with dilute PVA until it lays over and takes the shape of the object that it covers.

So I had a play.

I started with this:

Skytrex Wagon Load

Skytrex Wagon Load

Placed on the lid of a takeaway tray on a couple of cocktail sticks to stop it sticking to the lid I covered it in cling film and then draped a man sized tissue over it which had the patterned edge trimmed off.
Then I dripped dilute PVA over it all until the tissue was soak and draped over the load.

I left it a couple of days to dry and then sprayed it with grey paint so that I could see what I was looking at.

Wagon Sheet from Tissue paper

Wagon Sheet from Tissue paper

It holds it’s shape nicely but like many items we model could be crushed with mishandling.