Got this in from Dan.
Don’t care how many times you’ve made rock formations – there’s some good stuff here.
“Good morning I enjoy receiving your emails and the various links great ideas here is one for making ledges and rocks .
I spend a lot of time outside but am always on the look out for things I can use in my N scale railroad . I have found tree bark a very good item to use for making rock ledges and rocks – search out trees that have thick layered bark such as hemlock or ash – I prefer hemlock as it has a reddish colour to it which gives it a good colour for rocks and ledges . Also I have sanded the bark on a belt sander 60 or 80 grit to get the sanding dust ( wear a mask) and the dust can be used to give you a wash out effect below the ledge or rocks . But I also found it can be painted any colour you want.
I usually wire brush the bark to clean it out then break it of in irregulary pieces to suit the size of ledge I need – the I make a hole in the foam insert the bark and finish arround it with trees etc . The other thing about layerd bark especially hemlock is if you seperate the layers the between layers looks like boulders . Check out the photos .
photo 1 – inbetween layers of barks – gives you rocks
photo2 – bark on edge place in foam with palster
photo 3 finished ledge with other cover
photo 4 CN loco passing rock ledges made from bark inset in foam with palster still needs trees shrubs etc I think folks will get the idea
A Big thanks to Dan.
And thanks also to anyone that’s emailed in about the ebay cheat sheet. Glad you like it. Latest one is here.