For my crashed Hind scene, I wanted to add some urban flare, and give it a sense of civilization. A simple way to do that was to create my own telephone pole. It will also give some height to the diorama and give it a more dynamic silhouette.
Any way, here is an easy way to make your own telephone pole! Hope it helps...
First you need something to create the pole itself. For this I used the shaft of an old paint brush -
Then I sanded off all the red paint to reveal the more realistic wood underneath -
Next, something is needed to create the little cross beam that hold the wires. So I grabbed a tongue depressor but any wood of similar thickness would suffice. Cut a small piece out -
That should do.
Then I was wondering how to replicate the insulators that sit on top of the telephone pole. Luckily, I had a bag full of tiny electronic parts, like circuit boards and wires taken from an old digital camera -
The resistors found on a circuit board make perfect insulators -
Just trim the leads down.
Next I glued them to the wooden piece which was then attached to the pole -
Using some plastic card, I made the small diagonal braces supporting the cross beam -
And that is as simple as it gets. Now that it is together, I just need to paint and weather it, then attach some wires and it is complete. I think it is convincing enough to represent a utility pole carrying any overhead power lines you may need for your diorama. And it sticks easily into the base -
Please, let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!