Paul’s been in touch with a great ‘how to’ on model train restaining walls.
Hi Alastair, I thought I would share how I made some stone walls.
First thing is to get some white foam board at the dollar store.
Next peel off the paper cover on both sides. This can be facilitated by wetting the paper. You can use the board as a single layer or glue two pieces together with PVA glue as I did.
Next get some cheap ½” brushes and cut off the bristles right down to the metal binding. Using a drill remove the bristles down below the metal at least 1/8”.
This leaves the metal binding exposed which will make the stone impressions in the foam board.
You can make few different brushes and bend the metal into different profiles. Mark the tools you now made with different markings so the you will get different shape stones.
After you make all your impressions in the foam to form your wall you have to paint on the colors that you want. Make notations of the steps you use and the colors so that you get uniform walls.
My walls were colored with the following procedure:
Two layers of Burnt Umber wash allowing drying between coats.
Add the different color stones as you like.
A coating of dry brushed black using a fan brush.
Lastly a single coating of a black wash to emphasize the grout lines between the stones.
I thought I would send you some photos of how to easily and quickly make tin or corrugated roofing. I used a artist’s paint tube squeezer that I got on Amazon for less that $6. You can salvage the metal stock from aluminum drink cans as I show in the photo.
Now on to another Paul
A big thanks to paul for his ‘how to’ on model trains retaining walls, and to the other Paul too.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to stop dreaming and start doing.