John’s been back in touch with some very good model railroad tips:
You’ll remember him from his last post, which included a very impressive lift bridge.
Here’s a pic to jog your memory:
But perhaps you’ll remember him most from his previous mountain layout:
Well, he’s been kind enough to send in these tips after I posted things were a little thin on the ground this end:
A couple of quick tips.
1) Tired of ballast sand going everywhere but in between the ties?
How about painting the cork roadbed to look like ballast – paint it all grey, then dry brush black.
Looks pretty good, and no sand in the points!
2) Need quick and easy tunnel liners?
I make mine from 2” dense insulation board, easy to punch a hole with a hole-saw, then trim with any saw.
Paint black and trim as needed, as an example on several on my tunnels, 2 sections cut in half (can’t see the side closest to the viewer), hot glue and done.
3) Need a quick way to carve in strata rock on a cliff?
I use a course wire brush, and try to time the drying of the plaster so it’s not super hard, but won’t clog the brush.
Works pretty well I think.
John From Baltimore”
A big thank to John – some very useful tips.
I have to agree as well, I think his rock faces look spot on. And so simple too.
Now on to Rob:
I’ve got another video for you.
This time I packaged up all the track laying wisdom I have learned over the last 12 years of building layouts and laying track.
In all I pass along 12 items of experience. It has proven very popular on my channel.
I hope your readers can find a nugget or two that will help them.
Thanks to Rob and John for sharing his model railroad tips.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PPS HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.