Dick’s been in touch with his HO scale.
He’s found some great money saving ideas:
“This is one section I have completed.
I used extruded foam for the rocks and painted them with acrylic paint and dry brushed the white for accent.
The track ballast I used “Chicken Grit”, bought it at my local farm store.
If I need it smaller I grid it on a granite stone with a granite rolling pin I had floating around the house.
Paid $3.45 USA dollars for 5 lbs, cheaper that buying the pre-made stuff.
Some of the trees by the cabin I cut off some of my wife Sedum flowers, in the fall when they dried out.
I also use the small branches to make flowering shrubs.
Utility poles are large (to scale) skewers and the cross arms are wool match sticks.
The transformers and a dowel painted gray.
The insulators are plastic beads (cut in half) and placed over smaller skewer, they fit perfectly.
The rocks in the picture, I picked up at a Pet Store, it is aquarium gravel. Works great as there are different sizes.
The grass is a mixture of standard you by in bulk and I purchased a sheet of Flower Topper from my local craft store.
The nice thing about this is that it has an adhesive backing, “no glue required”.
I have found an antique and unique store that has model train “stuff”.
All the train cars I paid $4.00 for and they were in great shape, all I need to do on some of them was change the couplers.
The Exxon-Mobile diesel storage tank is PVC pipe and #14 solid copper wire painted.
I make all my own signs, do a search for the sign image I am looking for and convert it to PDF and then I can scale them.
That’s all for now.
I work in HO scale and am a beginner.
I am retired and 68 years old and it takes up the day, by the way, my wife is into it as well. S
he is my design coordinator, she has increased the size of my original 4’x8′ table top the 5’x12′, didn’t expect that.
Big thanks to Dick for sharing – a lovely narrative of his layout. Looks great too.
And it’s also a fine example of how to stretch you budget.
That’s all this time folks. Please keep ’em coming.
PS Looking for the Beginner’s Guide? It’s here.