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Hi lads,

I had a quick question, does anyone know of a way to counteract the warping that can occur when you use a wooden base for scenery? I have some cities of death buildings which are starting to behave like rocking horses... I saw somewhere that painting the underside might help to prevent this. Is there any truth to that?

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Screw it to another piece of wood
It will depend on type of wood and conditions it is being kept in as to whether it warps or how much it warps.

Could you use another piece of wood or plasticard?
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As jonny has said it really depends on what you have used as to what can be done, wood and card really should be avoided as they can warp in pretty much any condition, add moisture they warp, too dry they warp and crack.



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As far as i know you cant prevent further warping on wood if it already happened, its just about the type of wood that you used.
If your buildings are not painted you can use this brown or in some cases transparent liquid that prevents the wood to collect water/humidity and also hardens it. However i do not remember the proper name for the liquid, so if anyone knows =3)
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Hmmn I used a thin board of triplex I had at hand.. might need to tear them up and restart then.

Ah well, thanks for the info guys!
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What about gluing it to a ceramic tile and clamping in place? That may work!
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Painting both sides will prevent it, but not fix it once it's done.

Either seal the wood so it doesn't absorb the paint's moisture or do not use wood.

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Painting both sides will prevent it, but not fix it once it's done.

Either seal the wood so it doesn't absorb the paint's moisture or do not use wood.
Ahh right, well that answers it then. I'll just restart them. Thanks!
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To prevent warping use varnish. Just coat the wood after painting with transparent varnish or use a ready coloured varnish to get the colour wanted. If wholly painted (not varnished) it slows down warping and depending on the moisture levels stops it completely, but varnish stops/prevents it 100%. Of course there is water based and solvent based varnish - water based should be good enough indoors, but if you store it outside use solvent (rainproof).

Then to correct existing warping: Put the wood in hot water - let it soak for 5 mins and then you should be able to bend it back into shape (If it doesn't bend add more hot water and let it soak a little longer) Then dry it and paint it and varnish it. Thin plywood is very easy to adjust this way and can be used create round shape terrain e.g bridge

Just try to identify the warped bits and seperate them from the building so that you have flat bits (well they will be almost flat since they are warped ) before using that.

Hope that helps.
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You could either glue two pieces of wood together as mentioned before or you could use a material that doesn't warp as much maybe hard board or mdf. Don't quote me on this though it's been years since I've worked with these materials.
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