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B438 Crossing Shanty with Tool Shed
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B440 Goods Depot
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4 Easy Methods for Model Train Scenery
Hill or Mountain Construction

Making model railroad scenery can be one of the most interesting aspects of building your own railroad layout. Not only do you get to use your creativity to its limit, you also get to do a lot of experimentation. The great thing though, is that there is no right or wrong way to go about it. You can make anything and see how it goes with your theme. If you don’t like it, you can redo do it and learn new techniques in the process. Remember, practice makes perfect. So the more structures and scenery you construct, the better you will get at doing it. Here are some quick model train scenery construction tips for you:

Making Hills and Mountains

Hills, mounds, and possibly mountains can become an essential part of any scale railroad. Although in mentioning that; some train layouts, such as shelf switching layouts, are usually perfectly flat. However for the purposes of this we’ll look just at setups with mounds, hills, or mountains. Trains running through interesting scenery look amazing.

The first thing to mention is that when it comes to construction there are various methods for making raised areas on a railroad. And, despite what other modelers in this hobby might say, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional methods that have been used for decades. It’s just that there are more modern materials such as styrene and insulated foam that are preferred by many modelers. It really is a matter of what method you personally favor and are comfortable using. Here are some construction method explained briefly for you starting with the more traditional methods.

1. Paper Mache

In early days the glue for paper mache was made using a mixture of plain kitchen flour and water at a rate of one part flour to four parts of water. The paste was sometimes boiled gently to make it a smoother consistency. Some people added a dash of sugar or salt to help preserve the paste and prevent it from becoming moldy. These days many modelers use white wood glue instead. They mix it 50/50 with water. Whichever method you use, it is probably best not to glue the paper mache directly to the baseboard as you might want to relocate the mountain or hill at a later date.

The paper mache technique basically involves soaking strips of cut up pieces of newspaper into glue or paste and then gluing lots of glued pieces over top of each other to form the shell for a mountain. You can glue the pieces over large rolled up balls of paper or possibly chicken wire which can serve as the internal structure. After several layers are applied, the mountain can be left to properly dry out before painting or covering with ground cover or other scenic features. Old bits as rock rubble scattered around the bottom of cliffs can look very realistic.

2. Wire and Rocks

The things you would require to make a hill or mountain with this method are chicken wire, some model rock, wire cutters and a little water. The chicken wire will make the structure of your hill. Since it’s easy to mold with hands, shape it any way you like, depending on the type of hill you are trying to create.

Cut the model rock as per requirements and then wet it. Start gluing the small pieces on the chicken wire until completely covered. Once you are done, leave the structure overnight to dry. You can add more glue to strengthen things, and remember to ensure there is enough strength under the rock so it doesn’t collapse. You can spray paint this hill according to your wishes. Also add some scatter to make it look more realistic. Your trains will look good against scenery like this.

3. Plaster Scenery

A number of materials can be used with plaster including: window screening, chicken wire, or cardboard webbing which gets covered in kitchen paper towels soaked with a “soupy” plaster mixture forming the basic substructure. Although this technique can be messy the thickness can be built up and later carved and shaped to form the landscape contours you want.

Latex molds can be purchased (or you can make your own) for the purpose of constructing cliffs and rock faces. Latex molds can prove a timer saver when compared to carving out shapes. If you want to make your own latex molds you can make the molds using lumps of coal or real rocks. You can buy latex from hobby shops and online scenery supply stockists such as Woodland Scenics.

The thing to remember when mixing your plaster; is to add the dry plaster mix to the water, and not do it the other way around. The wet mixture needs to resemble a thick pancake batter. Trying to add more water to the plaster mix after it has started to set is usually not a good idea. It won’t necessarily slow the setting time, but it could make the plaster become crumbly in which case it is best to start over.

Hydrocal plaster can be used with a softer finishing coat of specialist molding plaster. Some modelers prefer drywall compound for their terrain-shaping. Most plasters are simple to stain or color.

4. Insulated Foam

Perhaps the most popular technique these days for train scenery construction involves using insulation foam boards (available from a DIY or Hardware Store). The blue or pink colored insulated foam can easily be shaped using a hot wire tool (Woodland Scenics sell them), or you can use a serrated knife. The foam board is lightweight and can be built up in layers and easily shaped with a sanding block or knife. It can also be covered with plaster impregnated gauze (similar to what orthopedic surgeons will use when making a cast for a broken leg).