Making rocks

“Hi there again!, i just want to share how to modelling rocks in a really cheap way, and in my opinion, i got a really nice results.

Hope you like it.

I only use styrofoam to model and give steadiness to the railway area (white line), and modelling the cliffs too. I covered all the area with higienic paper and white glue more water mixture. (it took some days to dry)…

After that, with the woodland scenics “how to” videos that tells you how to paint, only use acrylic paint and when it get dry, i used all the stuff from the “environment learning kit” from woodland.

Hope you like the pictures, that’s my layout, i started building it 9 months ago, but i got a lot to things to add to it”


“Hi Al.

This is made from old phone wire. Strip the plastic off the wire and twist it till you cant anymore. Cut into sections same size. After take a piece of very thing wire for to hold the radials and use as a pole. Take clear instant glue and add a very tiny tiny drop and add a radial. Do all the radials and let dry over night. Or for a few hours.Take a very sharp pair of cutters and cut the radials at an angle as in photo.

Paint silver. Cost nothing to make. If you are having problems.Could switch from phone wire. Take black thick thread. Stretch out a foot and hang it. Take a tube of clear instant glue and wet the thread.Dont add a lot just anough to wet it.Let dry. Cut into sections and follow the same way as you did or would do with the phone wire. I cant believe how expensive it is to buy small things like this.


And lastly, here’s this weeks update from the talented Dave:

Thanks to everyone. And don’t forget the latest ‘ebay cheat sheet is here.

Please do keep them coming.



17 Responses to Making rocks

  1. Hi Dave looks like a beginning of another brill layout are you going to put a diagram of the circuit out also the track beneath the control box is there a slight dip in the track as the trains look like they undulate a bit looking forward to the next session

  2. Hi Dave…

    Great Job…

  3. I always enjoy Dave’s updates and other videos from the past. I see that you are making great progress, interesting changes and additions like the expansion bridges. I really like that addition. I am curious about your train room, what is the dimensions approximately. Secondly, is this room above your house or garage? The reason I am asking that because you made mention about drying time for some of the plastering of railway embankments. How are you heating this room is my question, if you do not mind answering them? I am very interested in your layout and follow it along. Regards, Ray A Philadelphia, Pa USA

  4. I used the the same scenic technique with the cloth and paper and does work well.
    newspaper that is wet makes formin rocks and mountains easy and a lot less messy than carving foam pieces.

  5. Wow. A TV antenna, I had forgotten about those things. The will be perfect for my layout based in the 1960’s. Great tip and I can use it.

  6. Looks like a good layout in the making Sebastien , and Kims ariel is great idea ..

  7. You have answered wonderfully so many questions that I have been wanting to ask… Outstanding video. Please keep it going…Thanks again for being so helpful.

  8. try using modelling clay, it is cheap and it even has a brown colour.

    So if it chips no unsightly white plaster colour.

  9. Good evening Dave, BRLLIANT i’ve learnt more watching your videos than a multitude of so called project books. I’m an old chap just trying to get an initial layout running, and would like to know your thoughts about control systems.I’ve bought a set with the hornby select, but to have walkabout wireless does’nt seem an option. What dynamis is yours as it is wireless. I trust i shall get the good advice from you. We all await your next update. Regards William.
    AL your site is GREAT.

  10. great tips i reall y can use these. the layout pictures please keep us posted on updates. and good update Dave like the bridges.

  11. Rob M I know Rob.Thing of the past but many still use them.add’s alittle more detail to your layout.Fills in empty spaces to.Was very easy to make.I been working on my next build.I did my first attempt already.2 kids and an adult flying a kite.It’s crude but gives an idea on how.And is cheap to make.

  12. thanks david howarth was easy.adds to it.could always add rust and damage to look like its been up there along time.



  15. great idea!

  16. Great stuff Dave. Thanks for the explanation of rock building & DCC wiring.

    You mention not completing the power/signal bus loop. Why do you not like this?

    I’m thinking that the track completes the bus loop for us anyway & all our ring mains in houses running AC current are complete loops/rings to allow the current to pass on both sides of the loop thereby providing 2 parallel paths so reducing the resistance as well as allowing more current to flow to the ring main sockets & household devices.


  17. A1 Dave

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