“If you use home water filters (Brita style) cut them open for the charcoal – great “coal”)
If you make tea from teabags, dry them after use and save the tea – great “dirt” and ground cover. Coffee grounds work too.
For ballast, buy roofing granules. They come in a 5-gallon pail for about $25, assortment of colors, and you can size them for your scale by sifting through window screen or some other material.
I’ve heard concern about iron in the material that could interfere with electronics, but I have not experienced it.
“About the only landscaping tip I can think of is on my former layout I had the tracks rise in elevation.
The way I hid all the blocking was to cut foam rubber pieces ( came from and old couch) 1” thick by about however long was workable. I would glue to the track bed and then to the table bed. I would brush or spray glue on the foam and sprinkle grass or dirt ( it came from the vacuum cleaner. Easy embankment.
You are no doubt already aware of this but, in case you are not, I printed one of your buildings directly to card stock. By doing this the step of gluing to an empty cereal box or whatever is being used is eliminated and greatly speeds up the process. Further, the card stock accepts the glue far better than cereal boxes and appears to be quite sturdy.
I strive for convenience whenever possible. As the Pennsylvania Dutch say: Ve grow to soont ald und to laid smardt.
I keep meaning to move all the print-out buildings in to one place, but I haven’t got round to it yet.
Pretty much all of the buildings in the video below are from the first store. Hard to believe they are all made of paper.
Lastly, not long ago, I asked for your ‘best tips’. And some of you posted some wonderful, smart advice. So I thought it worth ‘reprinting’ some none of you miss them – they really are gold:
“When laying track, “that’s good enough” never is. Mutter some select unprintable words and do it again.
“Don’t let any one issue bog you down when it cones to scenery. Sooner or later you will come up with a better idea anyway. I have more redevelopment projects than the city of Las Vegas.
“Design your layout so you can always work on it easily, this is a life time hobby enjoy it,have rests from it and even make some changes now and then.Most of all it has to give you a laugh and good times with some mates.
And of course, hundreds more tips like this in the Beginner’s Guide.
That’s all today folks. I’m in a screaming hurry – lucky to get a post out today.
Thanks to everyone.
Please keep ’em coming because it’s all getting a bit thin on the ground this end.