Just thought I would share a few tips with you about scenery.
Being very green behind the gills when it comes to making scenery and especially rock formations I thought about how I could use household waste and free materials to get the basic out line etc. in my next email I will send you a photo of the result so far.
I used toilet roll holders to obtain height and basic out line of what I wanted to do. Next I used the free new diaper that gets thrown on my drive way every week and glued it around the toilet roll holders the rest if the newspaper was use for paper mâché around a long balloon for the ends. Before I fitted the ends I went yo my local masters hardware store (here in Australia ) where they have samples of wall paper plain white or cream are deal with a pattern on it – some even look like a rock face.
I then glued it over the paper and curled it round to form the rock and Rock face. For the top ( as I wanted it to be the village look out I used cardboard to form an even top.
So the basics were now all completed, to make the the parking area I used 1200 grade wet and dry sandpaper cut to size and to cap the end I use 80 grade course brown sand paper.
After that I painted it with poster paints and threw reptile grey/black sand at it whilst still wet. The end result I don’t think looks to bad, albeit thy instill have the fence, hedge and greenery to and. Over all to date it has cost me time an just $5 to make! That covers the cost of sandpaper, glue, and reptile sand used.
The rock seems happy enough because it has formed a face at one end which was totally unplanned.
Simon in Australia”
Just a couple of photos of my O gauge layout as it progresses.
I did make a neophyte mistake and tried to put too much of my dream into the layout initially. Pulled a bunch of peripheral stuff and extra track out, simplified, and am almost ready to glue and plaster-scape. The initial wiring shouldn’t be too terrible, as I’ve conceptually broken the layout into 3 blocks with 2 common sections…but then we’ll see, won’t we
I’ll take any advice for anyone who sees my layout.
Big thanks to Simon and Steve. Can’t wait to see how Steve’s pans out.
Please do keep ’em coming.
Thanks for all the comments on the ebay cheat sheet. It’s on a roll at the moment. Latest one is here.
And if today is the day you get going on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.