Laurence shows us how he built his roads and tunnels

“Hi Al, I wondered if this would be of interest to your readers.

You put on line the layout Santa’s little helper at the end of December and as I have taken photo’s of the build in progress I thought your readers might like to see how I constructed the bridge and roadway.

I got quite a few wonderful comments and some readers couldn’t understand how I got so much on a 5’x3′ board, some even thinking it was “N” gauge. It’s “OO” gauge and I think the secret is not to clutter it up with too many buildings.

I hope the pictures are ok for you to use and hope it will give encouragement to some of your readers to have go at something different.

Best Wishes

Laurence”

A huge thank you for Laurence for sharing this – it’s wonderful to see all the different ways folk come up with to acheive an effect.

If you missed Laurence’s last post, it’s here.

It’s also quite a topical post, because today is the last day you can grab the tunnels and bridges print-out-scenery at the launch price of just $10.

You get three buildings (two tunnels / bridges and a grain elevator) for just $10.

I’ve had a number of emails asking about whether the bridges (and all the print out scenery) is suitable for O scale. Yes, it is, but only if you can print out at A3. So you need a friend who has an A3 printer for O scale, or you can take it to a print shop:

“Just to let you know that my son has blown the pictures you forwarded up by 118% which is virtually A4 to A3 and they look stunning – in fact the quality of the printing of his office printer in A3 is vastly superior to my old Epson printer in A4.” – Andrew.

Here’s what the tunnels / bridges look like if you missed them:

If you’ve been mulling the bridges / tunnels over, you can grab ’em here at the launch price. But today is the last day.

That’s all this time folks. A huge thanks to Laurence.

Best

Al

PS Looking for the Beginner’s Guide? It’s here.

19 Responses to Laurence shows us how he built his roads and tunnels

  1. Dominic P. DeMonte says:

    some pretty sharp I like it.
    Domie

  2. James Sulkosky says:

    Thanks for the tips keep up the great work.

  3. Andy Evans says:

    Love the pictures.
    Is it just me, or is the type getting smaller every day?
    Putting the lettering over various colored backgrounds can also make it harder to follow all of Laurence’s efforts.
    Thanks!
    Andy

  4. Brian Messenger says:

    Well done Laurence. Looks very good and keep it up. Brian

  5. Franco says:

    It is tips like this that allow entry level folks gain the confidence to do more work on their projects.

    We need more of this for the new guys! Now I wish I had saved my Plaster Molds I used for making buildings & other structures. It was so easy using plaster, however…it did make the layout very heavy. Foam is the way to go nowadays!

    Thanks for the step-by-step. It applies to a lot of designs.

  6. Thanks to Laurence for demonstrating a layout can look good without a huge clutter of buildings.

  7. Thomas Murphy says:

    Way to go Laurence, your ability is quite impressive. I want to try your techniques.

  8. Perry says:

    The white lettering stands out better that the black lettering over the layout.

  9. Perry says:

    PS: The dark lettering stands out well over the solid light colored background in the first two slides.

  10. wow nice work
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn in long beach calif

  11. paul Otway says:

    nicework so realistic

  12. NJ Mark says:

    I love seeing the extreme talent of so many model railroaders. It is truly amazing to see the various techniques and materials used to get such great scenery!

    Cheers! NJ Mark

  13. George says:

    Very nice work on the road and the rest of the board ,it makes it look to easy
    to be true !?
    Al. I wish I had a good camera to be able to send you a few pics of the layout I am building for my Grandson I finally got some worm days in the front room to start gluing down the road bed and work on the P.to P. upper level and a start on the road bed on the lower level including the tunnel at the one end ! Be well and stay safe every one !
    George

  14. David says:

    Like the shape of the road with the hedging very realistic. hope to see more, thanks for sheering.

  15. Glenn Berkhimer says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’ll give them a try.

  16. d j howarth says:

    Nice job you have done Laurene ..and good tips ..Dangerous dave

  17. rob billing says:

    Very well done, as already mentioned the type is almost to small to read, you may want to use a bigger font great work even so.

  18. Don says:

    Was wondering what type of paper you are using, anything special??? Thanks for sharing…

  19. Don says:

    The paper used for printing of tunnels and so on…. Sorry, last post was not worded right….

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