More scenery tips

“Hey Al . . . Here’s a tip for making soft, damage-resistant and super light-weight rock faces . . . Use dense foam padding (as found in many old chairs and pieces of furniture) . . .

Cut this material into chunks with scissors, then shape roughly with the scissors (or scalpels or one-sided blades). Once done, rub these pieces with a sticky material like No More Gaps. Then roll the pieces in rock dust, and allow them to dry thorou8ghly.

Once dry, you can assemble them into whatever size rock wall you like, using an appropriate glue that won’t eat into the foam . . .

This is ideal for layouts that need to be moved, or for exhibition layouts!




This just a small note i was going to do some water on my layout but after extensive research canned it due to the cost. then i found a site that gave me the easy cheaper option using plaster sheets and sealant for windows and bathrooms etc. This was my first attempt and i think it looks pretty good.



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“A diorama I’m building at the moment. Yes foam very easy to use and shape.


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“Hi Al,

Just a couple of scenery tips.

Tip number 1 mixing plaster.

When you mix plaster, tip some brown water based paint into the mix.

It will give the plaster a natural earth brown, if the plaster ever gets chipped it will show a brown surface, not a white surface.

Tip number 2 printing back drops or card board building kits.

Clean the printer head first, just press settup on the printer, then press maintenance, then press clean printer heads.

After you have done that the printing quality is improved, no grainy lines in the printing job.


Big thanks to everyone who has contributed. And if you’ve ever thought of sending something in, now’s the time to do it. We’d all love to hear from you…

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11 Responses to More scenery tips

  1. Hi David,
    The waterfall looks brilliant.
    Any chance of sharing how you got the effect please?
    I assume you are able to peel the end product away from the plastic sheets.

  2. I have just put a big piece of foam out in the bucket but I like your idea I have got some more lying about.

  3. That waterfall looks very good

  4. Love the waterfall.

  5. David,
    That water looks terrific. As a first try, I can’t imagine it being any better.

  6. The waterfall looks great. I am confused as to the products mentioned and the techniques used. Is the material clear? What is the description of the material. Each country has a different name for things and some items not available. Thanks, Jim

  7. hey Dave, I really like it and would like to know if you would share the website telling you how to?


  8. I also like the waterfall.


  9. Water fall looks very good. The idea of mixing brown water colour into the plaster mix good idea.
    I build mountains / tunnels with thermocole . Themocole needs to be painted over with either PVA or Fevicol so that the oil paint does not eat into the thermocole. One, advantage with this process is when you shave of the excess thermo cole or dress down the thermocole, the little pieces of thermocole scrapings also get into the crevices in the joints/ openings in the bonded surfaces to give a rocky effect (while the PVA/Fevicol bonds them into position).


  11. Thanks to all for some very good ideas.

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