This third installment displays some of the landscaping features and methods used on my layout.
I used a variety of landscaping techniques, including paper towels soaked in plaster of paris, plaster cloth, cardboard strips to support the plaster cloth, molded rocks, etc. Attached are some before and after photos.
The dirt ground cover I use is real dirt from my back yard. I fill up a bucket with dirt. I then spread is out on a large oven pan and bake it at 300 degrees for about an hour. This dries the dirt thoroughly, but also kills anything that was living.
I then sift the dirt through a strainer and I end up with very fine granules of dirt. To apply it, I first brush on a thick layer of diluted white glue, then sprinkle the dirt on top, then spray it with soapy water. After it dries, I apply any vegetation that seems to be appropriate.
The use of cardboard strips has been very successful, particularly for mountain building (see photos). You can build amazing shapes and contours, and the end result is very effective.
I will send more photos of landscaping features next time.
The video represents fully automated operations. None of what you see is being controlled by a person, but all by computer.
A huge thanks to Joe for another cracking installment! I do love seeing a layout being created from the very start.
And if it’s inspired you, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
That’s all this time, folks. Keep ’em coming.