Shaper sheet for model train scenery

Rob’s been in touch again – this time with an excellent vid on on using shaper sheet with plaster:

“Hi Al,

Here are a couple of good videos demonstrating the application of shaper sheet with a hot glue gun and plastering over it for an excellent modeling surface.

In the first one, I use a hot glue gun to attach shaper sheet to my corrugated paper board framework. It is a very quick and easy way to do this. I also start thinking about how I am going to build a siding and run around for the locomotive.

In the second I demonstrate mixing and applying Shaper Sheet plaster. I also look at the completed work, at the time of shooting, around the layout with my new camera gimbal.

Farland is now about half done at least for the big details. I expect to be making small modifications and adding smaller details for several years after the big picture is created. Building Farland has been the most fun I have ever had in my life. Well, I suppose when I was younger I had some very good times too, but I cannot imagine any better way to spend my retired time than doing what I am doing.

Thank you for all you do for the modeling community,

Rob, Farland Howe”

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Shaper Sheet and Track Planning for Far Moor

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Now on to Raymond:

“Hi Al,

Kennith’s American West layout reminded me of something I saw at a recent model railroading show in the St. Louis, MO area.

You’d appreciate if you’ve seen Back to the Future movies.


model railroad back to the future

A huge thanks to Rob for sharing his shaper sheet vid.

And I’m in complete agreement with him too – there’s not a better way to spend your retirement than pottering away on your layout.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

10 Responses to Shaper sheet for model train scenery

  1. David says:

    Hi Rob , Farland is coming along in leaps and bounds .. well done .. Dangerous Dave ?? Not Dangerous really !!

  2. George Palmer says:

    I ‘am an Australian living in Thailand , I think that your tips are so great I read every one so you modelers keep up the good work

    and a Merry Christmas and Good Year to all


  3. Kenneth W. Hall Jr says:

    Raymond that is a pretty cool idea, having the Time Machine in front of the engine did bring back the image from the movie. In fact I have a copy of the Delorean in my Hot Wheels collection. Back to the Future!!

  4. Gerry says:

    What, exactly, is Shaper Sheet???

  5. Thomas Murphy says:

    Wonderful progress. Great job Rob.

  6. Jim says:

    Good stuff, Rob. Envious of all that space you have for your layout. I truly miss having a basement. Would love to have long running trains. Your layout is looking good.

    Jim AZ

  7. good show Rob…
    interesting lesson in plaster cloth
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn in long beach calif

  8. Larry Arendas says:

    I’d like to know the supplier for the bridge trusses. Great detail.

  9. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Hello Rob, Stephen here, I have been watchen you for a while. How about a lift bridge. My father had one on his train layout. I just wanted to let you think about that, I am going to be installing not one but two to four on my train layout table. I have a 10 x 10 room to install my first table, around the room in a big circle. I have been saving up to get the wood and fome board. I have all my trains and cars, some buildings. I am a scratch builder and when I do build this table, I am naming it for my father, still thinking about the name. G Ville, G Town, G City, not the last one. Like I said, still thinking about it. Next time, Stephen G.

  10. Rob McCrain says:

    I don’t know if anyone comes back to this page to see if there are answers to their questions, but I will put them up anyway. Shaper Sheet is a newer Woodland Scenics product with it’s companion Shaper Sheet Plaster. Most model shops would have it. The girder bridge is a kit from Walthers. It is an HO scale kit. My layout has two of them. A lift bridge might work.

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