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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Eastern Front wooden gates – how to, tutorial – Part #1

Good afternoon everyone!
While waiting for some products to come from England, in order to make my WW2 British Artillery section, I thought that instead of sitting like a sleepy duck, to create two small terrain pieces for my eastern front battlefield. Instead of showing you the finished pieces, I thought to make a two-part tutorial post to share my idea with you, in case you want to create something similar for your little men.
So, on we go with the first part!

Step 1.
In the photo below you will see the materials needed for this little project.

Mainly, you will need some balsa wood and wood/PVA glue. Additionally you will be needing, a modeling knife, a simple pen, a small piece of plastic and a bit of patience (an indispensable material none the less).

Part 2.
Plasticard (I used some vinyl tile pieces)

Part 3.
A strip of balsa (0.5 cm * 0.5 cm)

Part 4.
A sheet of balsa wood (0.5 cm * 0.5 cm)

Part 5.
A sheet of balsa wood (0.3 cm * 0.3 cm)

Part 6.
A sheet of balsa wood (0.1 cm * 0.1 cm)

Part 7.
I began by using 0.5 cm balsa sheet and I cut four pieces of it (Dim.: 4 cm * 1 cm)

Part 8.
I then cut some ‘triangle’ pieces on the top of the four pillars, in order to ‘fix’ the rectangular balsa strips of 0.5cm (part 3.)

Part 9.
I cut two pieces of balsa (0.5 cm * 6.5 cm) from the long balsa strip (part 3.).

Part 10.
I cut two small bases of plastic (vinyl tiles) – 2 cm * 6 cm.

Part 11.
I cut four pieces of balsa from 0.5 cm balsa sheet (Part 4.) (Dim.: 1 cm * 6.5 cm)

Part 12.
I cut four pieces (gates) of balsa from 0.5 cm balsa sheet (Part 4.) (Dim.: 2.7 cm * 2.5 cm)

I then marked them (wood grains) with a ruler and the pen.

Part 13.
I cut four balsa strips (wood shingles) from 0.1 cm balsa sheet (Part 6.) (Dim.: 1.2 cm * 7 cm)

Stay tuned for the second part!

I hope you like them! 
C&C are welcome! :)


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing you you put this all together. I'm making my first house and am not sure how to make the shingles for the roof that I envision. Trial and error will be my method.

    I noticed that you're almost at 100,000 pageviews Thanos!!

    Thank you for the tutorial!

    1. Trial and error...reminds me of sth.
      It's a rather cumbersome procedure Anne, I'd go for ready made plastic sheets, when it comes for a whole roof. Wills models, provide some good alternatives, perhaps you could check these out.
      Thank you! :)

  2. What a wonderfully in depth tutorial, but I need more! Looking forward to part two.

  3. I too can't wait to see the final product. Your work is always of a high standard.

    @ Anne if I may be as bold as to direct you to my blog

    1. Thank you Greg. I wouldn't call my works of hugh standard, I'd say that they are adequate for wargames purposes. :)

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    1. Im not sure what that means, but I appreciate it Fran! Thank you! :)

  5. Great stuff Thanos. looking out for part two.