Jeff’s latest update

I’ve just got this in from, Jeff. If you missed his last one, it’s here.

“Hi Al,

Today I installed more ground work. I use sanded earth colored grout for the soil. A mix of scenic express ground foam for the forest floor. Glue all down with a 50, 50 white glue solution, I will let this dry and start to install trees and brush. Have a long way to go.










Stunning. Just stunning. Thank you, Jeff, and please keep ’em coming. Hoping they’ll be some video soon.

Really enjoying all these fine layouts at the mo.

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.

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21 Responses to Jeff’s latest update

  1. Jaques Shellaque says:

    Great!! Thanks for sharing. Always something to learn.

  2. Robert says:

    Wow! A layout to die for. I’m a big bridge fan. Looking forward to the next set of progress photos

  3. Rob McCrain says:

    Very refreshing to see an all timber layout. It looks great.

  4. david howarth says:

    Very stunning as you say ..more like 3D ..Dave

  5. Brian Messenger says:

    Absolutely fantastic scenery. I will make a deal with Jeff, if he does the scenery work on my layout, I will build buildings for his layout as a trade. Keep us drooling with your workmanship. Brian – Cape Town South Africa.

  6. Alan Roberts says:

    Great work Jeff, the mountains remind me of the White Pass railroad in Alaska which I travelled on in 2008. Stunning scenery! Do you live near the Rockies?
    I also rode the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver, fabulous!!
    I hope you show more as you progress. Nothing like that here in the UK.

  7. I like the mountainous terrain, with the trees and waterfalls, spectacular images being created on your layout! Great job! I am looking forward to more photos of your work in progress and maybe once finished a video of it actually as a working/running line! Great job!

  8. Dennis says:

    You are a talented artist to be able to create such stunning backdrops from scratch. They are amazing. I love how you portray the river meandering down the backdrop towards the modelled waterfall. The perspective is excellent. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your photos.

  9. Den from TX says:

    Who did the back drop? . What a great job on the clouds and trees. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing. Stunning workmanship!

  10. Bryan says:

    As we would say in Suffolk [England] thas a proper job boy.

  11. wow this guy is really good…
    such detail…the water features, falls, etc…
    and explaining the ‘ground’ processes….
    and seeing your infrastructure is inspiring….
    now …that’s the way to build a layout….

  12. Al. It would be a good idea to remind subscribers that some photo`s can be enlarged by clicking on them. also zoomed for a real close up.

  13. christine says:

    Looks very good.

  14. Cord Reynolds says:

    Jeff – Looks like the Tetons in the background – my neck of the woods! Superb work on the forest modeling! Unfortunately, the railroad never made it as far as Jackson Hole, but it can’t keep us from dreaming, can it?

    Cord Reynolds
    Jackson, WY

  15. paul Otway says:

    Nice back drop Jeff.


  16. Rob Turner says:

    Looking great. Unfortunately time or space is not a luxury I enjoy at the moment but please keep the inspirations coming. Great job.

  17. sundaram says:

    Just fantastic

  18. Exemplary! Gives me some great new ideas. Thanks!

  19. kevin says:

    love love the trees. make all my own trees and would love to make some like yours. could you please send in a quick lesson on the process. I know you gave a brief discription on your last post but would love more detail. Thanks. Kevin PS. keep up the good work and if your ever bored you can come and paint my backdrops.

  20. I agree about what everyone is saying about your trees the waterfall and mountain scenery. Just breathtaking!

  21. Lyndon Vickery says:

    Great job,
    your mountain back drops remind me of Bob Ross paintings?

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