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Modeling Chain Link Fences
fence assembly

Clamps help hold the wire supports to the posts. Notice that the scenery beneath the fence is completed before the wires and mesh are applied.

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Fences are everywhere - from backyards to playgrounds to heavy industry. Among the most common styles, especially in commercial settings, is chain link fencing.

There are several kits available to model chain link fences. Walthers, BLMA and Precision Scale all make HO scale versions. Each manufacturer's kit has it's own qualities, but the assembly proceedures and finished results are similar. For this article, fencing from a Walthers power substation kit was used. The same fence is sold seperately.

Begin by installing the posts. The kit base has pre-spaced holes for this, but if you're not using that, you'll want to drill holes in your scenic base at scale ten foot intervals. The posts need to be straight. This starts by keeping the holes plum.

Adding Horizontal Supports

Once the posts have been glued and set in place, attach the wire horizontal support posts. Some of the wires in this kit were bent from packaging. To straighten wire, clamp one end in a vise and tug repeatedly on the other end with a pair of needle-nose plyers. After a few tugs, the wire will be straight.

Attach the wires with cyanoacrylate (CA) glue. Use spring clamps to hold the wires in place while the glue hardens. Allow them to dry completely before attaching the mesh.

Many fences have additional diagonal bracing in corners as well. These can be added in the same way.

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