Paul’s been in touch with a great ‘how to’ for a stone wall:
Hi Alastair, I thought I would share how I made some stone walls. The album I sent should play as a slide show so that it will repeat all the photos.
First thing is to get some white foam board at the dollar store. Next peel off the paper cover on both sides. This can be facilitated by wetting the paper. You can use the board as a single layer or glue two pieces together with PVA glue as I did.
Next get some cheap ½” brushes and cut off the bristles right down to the metal binding. Using a drill remove the bristles down below the metal at least 1/8”. This leaves the metal binding exposed which will make the stone impressions in the foam board. You can make few different brushes and bend the metal into different profiles. Mark the tools you now made with different markings so the you will get different shape stones.
After you make all your impressions in the foam to form your wall you have to paint on the colors that you want. Make notations of the steps you use and the colors so that you get uniform walls. My walls were colored with the following procedure:
Two layers of Burnt Umber wash allowing drying between coats.
Add the different color stones as you like.
A coating of dry brushed black using a fan brush.
Lastly a single coating of a black wash to emphasize the grout lines between the stones.
Bill’s been in touch again. He’s cracking on with his switching layout – his last post is here.
Just sharing an update on the first section of my modular switching layout.
I’ve had a few hours each weekend to enjoy my hobby and now I am finishing up cutting and test fitting everything together for the track.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll get the cork in place and I’ll start wiring the switches and other track components then I’ll put the track in place and start to power it up. I’m using a mix of cork for road bed. I’m using HO scale for the mains. Then I will transition to N Scale cork on less important segments. Finally some of the track will go directly on the foam.
It is fun to see how much I can put on a 4X8 table and still have room for the yard and service bulldings that are yet to come.
A note on my bench work – I did add a second cross brace to each side of my portable legs. I needed to crank on the T Handle knobs hard. to keep the legs true as I move it around. By added the other cross brace I now have a true ‘X’ brace and everything stays aligned nicely.
Bill in Virginia”
A huge thanks to Paul and Bill. I do love seeing how your layouts are coming along and how you make stuff. Thought Paul’s wall was excellent.
That’s all this time. Please do keep ’em coming though.
And if you think now is your time to start your layout, you won’t go wrong with the Beginner’s Guide.