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Cookie Cutter Doors

Cookie Cutter DoorsPhil 'px166bajaj' Arkell makes 15mm scale terrain and uses home made cookie cutters to achieve a consistent look to doors and hatches. The photo to the right is an example from his Industrial Complex.

I usually use 'standard' yellow/grey Milliput. My technique is to stick two equal sized lumps of grey and yellow together and roll them into a sausage shape. I then fold the sausage in half and roll again, repeating until the Milliput is a smooth light green colour.

Next, I spread a sheet of polythene onto a smooth worksurface. This prevents the milliput sticking to the worksurface. After spreading the Milliput roughly with my fingers I put another sheet of polythene on top and roll it out using a bottle. I then remove the top layer of polythene and make a straight cut along one edge to give me a line to work to.

Cookie Cutter DoorsI use two cutters, both of which were constructed by folding thin K&S Metal brass strip around into a nice sharp cornered rectangle and soldering.

The first cutter is pushed all the way through to the polythene so that the rectangles will separate when the Milliput is dry. These rectangles represent the doors AND their frames. The reason for including the frame is that when the unit is finished and stuck to a building, the frame can be painted the same colour as the building making it look like a part of the building rather than just door that's been stuck on.

Cookie Cutter DoorsThe second cutter is used to make the outline of the door within the frame and is only pushed down enough to mark the surface, not all the way through. It pays to have a cup of water standing by to dip the cutters into as this prevents them sticking to the milliput.

Cookie Cutter DoorsNext I add the smaller details. Rectangular panels can by made by pushing K&S Metal tubes into the Milliput. I also used rods and old biro pens to make indentations. Handles can be made from Milliput, bits of sprue, and other bits and pieces.

The Milliput hardens overnight and the polythene can then be peeled of the back and the doors separated from each other. The backs will be smooth and shiny and benefit from a little sanding to roughen them up and help them stick to a model.

The picture below shows another version with double wooden doors, made by scribing planks and wood grain into the doors.

Cookie Cutter Doors

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