Thanks for all the modeling tips. Here are a few more:
Cutting cork roadbed – We all know that cork roadbed is tough to cut. Sear’s sells a great rubber hose cutter (looks like a large set of pruning shears). It cuts through cork roadbed like butter with a clean straight edge.
Nails/Pins – For “dry fitting” new track, use Woodlands Scenics 2” foam nails. They are 2” long pins that have a “T” on the top. They fit through the holes in the track and are easily removed and replaced by track nails.
Nails/pins – Small nails and pins are tough to pick up on a flat surface. Go to the automotive parts store and buy a magnet on a telescoping wand. Just sweep the magnet over the nails pins for really fast and easy pick up.
I used aluminum foil to make rock landscapes.
Spray the foil with the colors that you want it to be, then crinkled it up and then shape as desired. depend on the size of the mountain, you may need to built a support behind.
I have a 1 x 4 “curb” around the perimeter of my platform and covered it with the foil.
In one location on the back wall, to cover it, I used large sheets of foil, mounted it on large sheets of cardboard, and “stuffed” various places to give it a 3 dimensional look.
Also, I used roofing shingles for my roads. and for grass, I gathered sawdust from the lumber yard and dyed it with Rit (green) by getting various textures of sawdust, I can have a smoothly cut lawn, or a heavy, thick hay field
” The first step in any model RR is to get piece of grid paper spaced out in 1′ squares and design you layout on paper first making sure you have enough room for what ever industries and what not, keep in mind that you need space for you trains to run from one point to another to keep it real.
Tom Pres. CEO & mostly janitor…Narragansett RR On3, Gn15 and soon to be indoor G Scale”
“I’m sorry I didn’t include any photos of Pennsylvania trains in my photos. So here’s a couple of videos of my pennsy trains on my layout. You can also get a better view of the south end of the layout here. Thanks so much for posting my photos for the group!