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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2011 11:10 p.m. PST

How would you go about making a wall/fence like this for 15mm? What materials would you use?

How many inches or cm tall would it be?




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shelldrake31 Jul 2011 11:15 p.m. PST

hmm – maybe wooden/bamboo skewers cut into sections for the walls and foam card for the supports.

Looking at the photos, maybe 3 to 4 cms tall for the walls, and 4 to 5 cm for the gate?

For the towers I would use the toothpicks and balsa for the supports and flooring.

Maybe a straw or balsa for the tower pole?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2011 11:47 p.m. PST

Perhaps if I sanded the skewers and toothpicks to get rid of any ridges or grooves.

The photos make the cross-pieces appear as if made of metal, right?



shelldrake01 Aug 2011 1:40 a.m. PST

I am in two minds about the walls – some photos look wooden, and others look like rusty metal.

Considering it is a sci-fi show I would go with metal, so a quick sanding should do the job.

infojunky01 Aug 2011 2:47 a.m. PST

Well I would use Sculpy and bamboo skewers.

Rough height 2 to 3 inches on the table, I would probably go 2 inches just to facilitate play. For a model I would probably go higher depending on the height of the Dino to be fenced out…

If I where doing the idea with out pictures I probably would go with earth/concrete berm with a smaller grate type fence on top. Modeling would be foam blocks cladded with spackle and chipboard for detail…

wolfen Inactive Member01 Aug 2011 3:51 a.m. PST

I think I would use copper or aluminum wire for the rails of the wall. As far as how tall ,I think maybe 3 to 4 times as tall as your figures are or a little bit taller than what you are trying to keep out. The advange to using the wire would be. If you wanted a curve in the wall would be easy to beand the wire to match the curve. That and if you look around you can find wire free or really cheap.

Battle Works Studios Inactive Member01 Aug 2011 4:51 a.m. PST

Terra Nova doesn't have dinosaurs, it has Heavy Gears.

Sergeant Crunch Inactive Member01 Aug 2011 5:34 a.m. PST

I'd use dowel rod for the bars and polystyrene stock for the supports. Putty for the concrete anchors.

War Monkey01 Aug 2011 7:10 a.m. PST

I would use thin wood for the uprights/columns and wire also and use sculpy for concrete work, for the towers skewers and cardboard, to strenghten the cardboard use varnish, brush it on and let it get into the fibers and it will stiffen right up almost like plastic, use a couple of coats, you can sand the edges if need be then, and when you paint it it will not look like painted cardboard.

Jeff W Inactive Member01 Aug 2011 10:55 a.m. PST

I'd pick up a pack of coffee stirrers for the horizontal bars; they have a nice, smooth surface and are super cheap.

Cilidar Inactive Member01 Aug 2011 1:56 p.m. PST

Along the lines of coffee stirrers, normal plastic straws would work well for the bars. You could use the straws for the larger bars, and the coffee stirrers for the towers, etc.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2011 4:00 p.m. PST

I would go with metal for walls to keep dinos out. The bigger ones would easily crash through wood.

Marauder Inactive Member01 Aug 2011 4:08 p.m. PST

Terra Nova doesn't have dinosaurs, it has Heavy Gears

Right on brother……

Lampyridae Inactive Member02 Aug 2011 7:13 a.m. PST

Ooooh look a jungle gym for the dinos to climb over so they can eat sweet, sweet manflesh.

Prediction: lots of unnecessary "Oh my GAWD!" and "Run!" followed by swift cancellation.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2011 9:44 a.m. PST



Neotacha Inactive Member02 Aug 2011 1:43 p.m. PST

Why the heck are the bars horizontal? As Lampryidae suggested, that simply permits a toehold for a flesh-eater.

Jeff W Inactive Member02 Aug 2011 1:48 p.m. PST

The bars on the fences in Jurasic Park were horizontal as well, why change a successful design?

Rogue Zoat Inactive Member02 Aug 2011 2:33 p.m. PST

"The bars on the fences in Jurasic Park were horizontal as well, why change a successful design?"

Haha! Like it! :D That definitely deserved the laugh it got.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2011 4:30 p.m. PST

Well, this makes more sense to me:



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doug redshirt02 Aug 2011 4:38 p.m. PST

See that is what happens when you put a German in charge of the defenses. Something practical and cheap to build. While an American comes in over budget and it fails the first 5 times.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2011 5:10 p.m. PST

Glimpses of that stockade here:

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And shown here at 1 hour and 5 minutes:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2011 1:40 p.m. PST


Terra Nova played on 9/26 on FOX, but will play again TONIGHT on the National Geographic Channel! I forgot to set my DVR to record it then, so I'll make sure to do it tonight.

I am really interested to see what that enclosure looks like from different angles.


Eli Arndt Inactive Member29 Sep 2011 3:42 p.m. PST

The fences are wooden in Terra Nova with metal uprights. My reasoning brain says they must have done this to cut down on the need for "modern" materials. Fence sections can be remilled from local lumber.

The colony is pretty damned huge. Other than the armed security and tech it all looked very "hippy commune" to me. Lots of open spaces, hand-made stuff, open-air dwellings.


28mmMan Inactive Member29 Sep 2011 5:55 p.m. PST

With dinosaurs I would consider layers of fencing with gaps between and even ditches to allow for the large beasts to get tangled up before they breach the main compound…huge body with a tiny brain.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2012 9:53 p.m. PST

In case you guys haven't heard, the studios have made another questionable decision:



Johny Boy Inactive Member29 Mar 2012 10:16 p.m. PST

I would use this, recently releases from Corsec engineering


WillieB Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2012 6:34 a.m. PST

Seriously, even if a (small) 5 ton dinosaur charges these wooden palisades you'll simply end up with big toothpicks.

Wasn't there a 'Sonic' deterrent system as well?

CorSecEng Inactive Member30 Mar 2012 6:40 a.m. PST

They had Sonic weapons mounted on the towers and I think they had a system of outer defenses to keep the big guys away from the complex. They were sonic mines or something.

I was sad to see it canceled but I guess netflix tried to save it but they couldn't make a deal.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2012 12:28 p.m. PST


Terra Nova is on Netflix now!


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