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Diorama Base - Bulletin Board Cork?

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I'm building a new diorama using a 1/72nd Italeri C-47 and CG-4A glider. To use as a base, I have a 18"X24" bulletin board with a cork surface

(the kind you hang on the wall to post notes on). I was wondering if any of you have any experience using cork as a base for gluing grass mat or sandpaper squares?

I don't see white glue affecting it, but I am not sure about its suitability when it comes to warpage and adhesion. Something this large I expect to bend a bit.

Here we go:

Diorama1.jpg

Thanks!

Gary

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Cork swells when damp. You'll need to seal it very well to prevent that. You can glue grass to it with PVA glue but as that is water based expect swelling and shifting until the water is completely evaporated.

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Might be best to use the back. It is panel board (or similar) and wouldn't have the swelling problem.

Gary

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Cork tiles were originally sold as a wall covering, I don't know what glue was used to apply them but I assume it was something like Evo Stick.

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Personally, I'd use the cork side, but seal it very well first. The cork side will be easier to pierce or cut into if you want to 'sink' something below the surface, like the base of a wall or a fence post. Just remember to seal any cut or piercing as you go. If the cork does swell and/or lift at any point, just let it dry out and use CA glue to stick it back down, then seal it again.

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I made a diorama for my B.O.B using a cork daplay board from whsmiths. They sell ones without the wooden border, which are one sided and have a wooden bottom. It worked well, and i painted it with acrylic paint and put pva glue on it without a problem:

http://i.imgur.com/JS3spZ3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2a2Jv2W.jpg

Will

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I made a diorama for my B.O.B using a cork daplay board from whsmiths. They sell ones without the wooden border, which are one sided and have a wooden bottom. It worked well, and i painted it with acrylic paint and put pva glue on it without a problem:

http://i.imgur.com/JS3spZ3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2a2Jv2W.jpg

Will

Nice looking diorama, Will!

OTOH, this is what the back of the bulletin board looks like. Dark gray tarmac?

Diorama2.jpg

Gary

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Model railway modellers routinely use cork tiles as track base and glue ballast down by flooding on PVA well thinned with water. I've used this method successfully for years. I've never heard of the cork track bed swelling nor have I ever heard of need to seal the cork.

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