The very talented Martin has sent in this superb ‘how to’ for a model railroad tunnel:
“Here’s ‘My way’ of making scenic items to place on model railroad tunnels. I produce many different models usually which have some form or rock face, but not all are landscaped the same although I do tend to put plenty of grasses & many bushes on my models.
This project is a single track tunnel entrance designed to fit in the corner of a layout with the track running behind the back scène to a ‘fiddle yard’.
First I use a type of insulation foam which is used to insulate houses, the off cut’s are ideal to make models. (Please excuse my untidy workspace).
On many occasions I do not use a portal for the model railroad tunnel, but carve my own into the foam, this model I decided to paint a resin postal to use.
The roof of the tunnel was shaped by using a desert spoon.
Once dry, I paint the rocks with a very watery black into the cracks.
Then I use a light emulsion on an almost dry brush to bring out the highlights
The tunnel portal can be then glued onto the foam by using a strong contact adhesive bought from the Poundland shop in the town centre. The model is now ready to
Start applying the landscaping. This is a matter of taste and I vary my models by the use of a variety of types of grasses & bushes. Most of my materials are Woodland Scenics,
Although I do sometimes use other makes. On this model I have chosen to first apply an olive coloured grass onto the rock embankment.
Then I applied a summer ‘Static grass’ by the use of an electric applicator
With short static grass, the static effect of making the grass stand up is not very effective. But when I use 4.5mm & 6mm grass the effect is very lifelike.
The next job is to apply a variety of bushes onto the model, again by PVA glue
All that is left to do then is to give the model a spray of watered down PVA glue (always remember to run some clear water through the spray when you have finished as it can set in the nozzle & ruin the spray for future use). I then sprinkled some Woodland scenics coarse turf onto the summer static grass and a little on the rocks.
I usually add a row of various bushes along the back edge of the model
That is how I make my models, I hope that it gives you some ideas? Whilst this is drying – Here’s one I made earlier where I carved the portal myself.
Martin – I think it’s a suberb model railroad tunnel ‘how to’. Thank you from all of us.
And for those of us not as talented as Martin, don’t forget my favourite resource where there is lots more stuff like this.
And if you’re heading off to ebay to buy some tunnel material – have a peek at the ‘ebay cheat sheet’ first. It’s here.