Model train plaster cloth

Bill’s been in touch again, this time he’s been busy with the model train plaster cloth to create his cliffs.

He’s making steady progress and it’s great to see this layout come to life:

“The time has come to finally lay down some plaster cloth.

The cliffs of gerskiville are taking shape.



cardboard frame model train mountain

model train plaster cloth

model train plaster cloth

Model train rock race

model train rock face

model train layout rockface

Model train bridge rockface

You can see Bill’s first post here – looks like he’s having a lot of fun to me.

I have no idea why, but when ever I see pics of mountains or rock faces in the making now, for some reason I always think of
Model railroad rock landscape
, probably because it shows the different stages of creating a rock face.

Also, pretty much every post on the blog is a reminder that there is no right way to do any part of this hobby. What ever you are trying to achieve there will be many different ways of doing it.

Some people use cardboard and plaster cloth for mountains, some folk use carved insulation foam, some use rock moulds, some use old ceiling tiles…

Rock moulds for model railroad

model railroad rocks

Rock formations for your model railroad

Making rocks

(There are many more posts like these on the blog.)

The point is just use what feels right for you: there is no wrong way or an absolute correct way.

That’s all for today folks. A big thanks to Bill for sharing his model train plaster cloth pics.

Please do keep ’em coming because it’s getting very thin on the ground this.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to make that first step from daydream to your dream layout.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Some cracking deals about at the mo.

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

14 Responses to Model train plaster cloth

  1. Orville Hoger says:


  2. Hemi says:

    NICE work on that cliff as well as the way the whole layout is “tracked” for the tunnel as well as that trestle too. thats gonna look GREAT!!!!! ~Hemi

  3. Looks great. Is that *just* Plaster Cloth, or is there a layer of modeling/carving plaster added???

  4. steve Joyce says:

    Love the progress pix. Cant wait to get started on mine. I think by January I oughta have the wall taken out and get the benchwork into place. Then the fun begins

  5. Rob McCrain says:

    Great effort on the cliff face. I can see it will be an iconic feature to your model railroad. Rob

  6. Gregory wible says:

    I find it’s better to lay the tracks before the scenery and get all the links out. I hope it works out ok for you.

  7. Joe Gennari says:

    Great Job!!! Wish I had the talent

  8. Ian McDonald says:

    Its starting to look really good. The trestle bridge unbelievable. thanks for sharing.

  9. Pat Orr III says:

    How many thousands of dollars do you have tied up in your layout?

  10. Ben Olson says:

    Bill, The trestle bridge and mountains look great! I’m sure everyone would love to see another update when you add ground cover, trees, etc. Very nice work!

  11. Awesome work….. love the tunnel and trestle…..
    Richard from Oklahoma

  12. Robert Brady says:

    Although there’s no tracks leading up to that trestle come hell or high water your putting a trestle in to cross that gorge ! Looks good too.
    The Critic

  13. Ralph Berry says:

    Great way to show an elevation change and justify the trestle bridge at the same time.

  14. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Bill great looking bridge, nice looking mountains can’t wait for your creek or river, I’m sure it’s going to look great!

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