“Hey Al . . . Here’s a tip for making soft, damage-resistant and super light-weight rock faces . . . Use dense foam padding (as found in many old chairs and pieces of furniture) . . .
Cut this material into chunks with scissors, then shape roughly with the scissors (or scalpels or one-sided blades). Once done, rub these pieces with a sticky material like No More Gaps. Then roll the pieces in rock dust, and allow them to dry thorou8ghly.
Once dry, you can assemble them into whatever size rock wall you like, using an appropriate glue that won’t eat into the foam . . .
This is ideal for layouts that need to be moved, or for exhibition layouts!
This just a small note i was going to do some water on my layout but after extensive research canned it due to the cost. then i found a site that gave me the easy cheaper option using plaster sheets and sealant for windows and bathrooms etc. This was my first attempt and i think it looks pretty good.
“A diorama I’m building at the moment. Yes foam very easy to use and shape.
Just a couple of scenery tips.
Tip number 1 mixing plaster.
When you mix plaster, tip some brown water based paint into the mix.
It will give the plaster a natural earth brown, if the plaster ever gets chipped it will show a brown surface, not a white surface.
Tip number 2 printing back drops or card board building kits.
Clean the printer head first, just press settup on the printer, then press maintenance, then press clean printer heads.
After you have done that the printing quality is improved, no grainy lines in the printing job.
Big thanks to everyone who has contributed. And if you’ve ever thought of sending something in, now’s the time to do it. We’d all love to hear from you…
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming – I really want to hear from you, especially if you’ve made a start.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.