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colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2013 2:26 a.m. PST

I'd like to make some security fencing for a 28mm game, something like this:

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. Such fences are very common in both civilian and military installations; they're distinguished by the cranked concrete fence posts. The vertical part has wire mesh attached to it, while the higher, angled part supports runs of barbed wire.

It would be possible, but somewhat tedious, to make all the posts myself from either sheet or strip material. However, a much easier solution would be to have them ready made :-) . Sadly, all my searches through existing scenery catalogues have failed to find anything suitable, especially at the right scale (there's a small amount of such fencing available for OO/HO model railroad layouts, but that's too small for me).

Can anyone tell me how easy would it be to have a sheet of laser-cut posts made for me, from either 2mm or 3mm sheet? Is this something that's feasible for a private individual – are there shops which will take custom orders at a reasonable price? Failing that, are any of the existing manufacturers of laser-cut scenery listening – would you consider adding this to your product range in the near future?

Muncehead26 Apr 2013 2:32 a.m. PST

Most of the MDF terrain manufacturers are open to ideas.

I'd suggest asking Sarissa or Mad Mecha Guy if UK based, Gamecraft or Corsec in the USA. Seems like a good range expansion. All you would need is to get suitable mesh cut to the correct width/height.

CorSecEng26 Apr 2013 7:50 a.m. PST

Our barrier fence system might work for you. Order it without rods and string some screen material between them for the fencing.

corseceng.com/barrier-fence

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colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2013 8:29 a.m. PST

Thanks, CorSecEng, but I don't think that will work for me. I'm really looking for a version of the fence post with a cranked top [i.e. the type that looks a bit like an upside-down hockey stick in shape].

CorSecEng26 Apr 2013 8:54 a.m. PST

If your only interested in the posts, then I could make a quick change. I'd have to cut them anyway because it's not a stocked item.

email me corseceng@gmail.com if you want something custom.

Leon Minibits Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Apr 2013 2:30 p.m. PST

We could knock those up for you, no bother at all. I noticed you're north of the border, so we could even bring them along to Carronade in a fortnight if you're going?

Pop me an email through the website if you're interested, and we'll get something sorted out: minibits.net

colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2013 3:28 a.m. PST

Pop me an email through the website if you're interested

E-mail sent!

Krazy Ivan28 Apr 2013 8:13 p.m. PST

I realize that this one is already solved for you, but in general all you need is shop with a laser cutter and a properly formatted file. Most shops in my neck of the woods will do the design/file work for you for a fee. That said, putting a file together via Inkscape is fairly easy, especially combined with Sketchup. Both programs are free, and have a multitude of tutorial videos on YouTube.

Or, you can always reach out to guys like me. I'm always happy to help put designs together for projects like this. My email is josh@krazyivanswargames.com

colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2013 5:53 a.m. PST

Thanks (somewhat belated) to all who offered help with this project. A description of my experiences, along with finished examples of the fences, can be found here: link

Hugh

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