Latvian Komedie Minute: Connecting the Terrain

Latvian Komedie Minute: Connecting the Terrain


Glued foam-core terrain for the Latvian Komedie Minute.

Glued foam-core terrain for the Latvian Komedie Minute.

The next step in building the terrain was connecting the terrain together. For this I decided to use Gorilla Glue. Other adhesives didn’t seem to like the porous surface of the foam-core or just weren’t strong enough. This may not be the best type to use for projects that require a good deal of accuracy as Gorilla Glue is a foaming adhesive. As it cures, it foams, creating a very strong bond. Unfortunately the foaming can leave a permanent separation between the objects. Accuracy for this part of the project wasn’t necessary and it worked out fine for what I needed. If I did it again, though, I’d find a better adhesive.

Now that I had connected hills I needed to shave them down into the shape I desired. The foam cutter which I used to cut the layers out worked great! I started by cutting down the edges matching them to each connecting layer as close as I could. The foam-cutter could only carry the process so far as it can create striated edges when melting the plastic. At this point I switched to sandpaper to remove those artifacts and even out the planes of the surface. Accuracy again wasn’t important at this stage as the final shape of the ground would be plastered in.

Terrain has been shaped and is ready for the Plaster Wrap forthe Latvian Komedie Minute.

Terrain has been shaped and is ready for the Plaster Wrap forthe Latvian Komedie Minute.

Using the Plaster Wrap to create a firm lightweight connection of all the terrain pieces for the Latvian Komedie Minute.

Using the Plaster Wrap to create a firm lightweight connection of all the terrain pieces for the Latvian Komedie Minute.

PLASTERWRAP

The final step for connecting the terrain together was creating a shell to fill the space between the layers. Using PlasterWrap, which is basically a string mesh with a coating of plaster, I did the final shape layout for the terrain. This added some surface area for the final plaster to grab onto, created a hard structure connecting the terrain together, and allowed me to to create gentle transition between all the pieces.

Terrain for the Latvian Komedie Hour after placing the plaster wrap.

Terrain for the Latvian Komedie Hour after placing the plaster wrap.