Suggestions: ( mistakes made and techniques refined )
-Use 1” thick segments carved to profile of mountain; placed vertically.
-Cover with nylon netting…hot glued
-Use either thin paper towel material or ( even better) old rags material cut into 1’ squares soaked in dilute plaster —to apply over netting ( cost effective vis-a-vis orthopedic plaster roll materials ) …creates a shell of the mountain.
-Hot glue smaller pieces of pink foam board to the shell just created —for outcroppings, ledges, waterfalls, etc
-Buy in bulk…25# or more….
-When mixing sculptomold, use at least 50% cheap gray paint…with the water ( you’ll appreciate the gray paint when drilling holes in the plaster cast to plant trees. )
-After Scupltomold dries, “dry brush” or “wash” various colors ( burnt ochre, sienna, etc )
-Dry Brush acrylic white paint over Sculptomold to bring out the texture of the material….makes the scene “pop”!
-Add snow…commercial or sifted plaster material.
-If prefer greenery, mist matte medium over dried Sculptomold and “blow” fine greenery over the vertical faces of the mountain…
b) Wood Frame:
-Basically same concepts but more amenable approach to cover staging yards, helices, etc. ( see my pix)
-( I have never used the cardboard strip approach….I guess I’m too lazy to cut all those strips )
-Various materials available…plaster casts, etc
-Don’t forget to paint interior of tunnel with black paint “deeply” into tunnel past tunnel entrance.( amazing how far a visitor can see deeply past the tunnel entrance! )
3) Mountain “Relief” against a wall:
-Hot glue a thin ( 1”) segment of foam board against the wall adjacent to the track “scene”.
-Carve / round off – the top edge.
-Apply a thin coat of sculptomold to the face of the foam board and “scenic” as above.
-Amazing how much depth this adds to a narrow scene….( see my pic of the Bietschtal Bridge—just behind the bridge is this technique )
That’s all for now…thanks for the opportunity to share…
My name is Joe, I am a Diesel Electrician with Union Pacific Railroad. I start my HO layout in 2009. At the time I was Diagnosed with leukemia, so in between treatment I would work on it as much as I could. I am now in remission and back at work after a long battle, but I still love working on it. I build everything out of wood myself accept the electrical substation. I still need all the scenery. Your website is great and I enjoy it very much.
This is Mike again; you published a “how to” of mine a couple of months ago on a cheap way to make multi terminal blocks.
You have said a couple of times recently how you like to see layouts taking shape from inception to completion, so I hope you might be interested in mine. A fairly lengthy explanation first. (If you choose to publish this, please feel free to edit the expalanation.)
Having had my loft converted specifically for the model railway, I started work on building the base framework in March 2015. It is a large project measuring 22’ x 20’ with 2 internally projecting islands & with 1000 feet of track. I was going pretty well until I unfortunately broke my shoulder in early September & the operation to replace it went disastrously wrong, leaving me very ill & unable to even get up to the loft until the end of January. Since then I have been spending every spare minute up there – not as much as I would like as, although 70, I am still working & my work involves a lot of travel; I have already been abroad for 8 weeks this year with another 2 weeks coming up in July. I am figuring at the present rate of work, I will need about 3 years to complete the railway.
Now the thing is, in February, while the loft conversion was being finished, I was diagnosed with stage 3 terminal cancer but I am very positive & am fighting it with everything I have. They said 3-5 years but I’ll show ‘em – 8-10 at least. I’m not looking for sympathy. Don’t want it. Never have. Never will. But I think the need to finish the project & leave it as a finished running railway for my grandkids to remember me by, is a strong motivator to keep me going. I am absolutely determined to finish it! If you see fit to publish this, I hope it may prove an inspiration to any others out there in the same position as me. Just because you have a terminal illness does not mean you can’t build a model railway & have fun!
So, to the pictures: Firstly I have included the plan, designed with AnyRail (great programme). The video first to show the size of the room. Then pics 1-3 showing the construction under way; then pics 4 & 5 showing the first completed section, which had to be made as a unit & then moved, because once it will be in place (see pic 6) in the corner, I won’t be able to reach it easily!
A huge thanks to Mike, Joe and Alan. If they have inspired you to get going on your layout, then what’s stopping you?
You have everything you need, so why not join the fun?
Please do keep em coming.