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Building Scenery

Building Scenery

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Kalmbach-Model Railroader
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PRODUCTS
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NFORMATION
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TATION
Buildingscenery
 
B
een procrastinating? Sooner orlater all the track is laid and wired,the trains are running, the equip-ment has been detailed and weathered,and you can no longer put off buildingscenery. Fortunately, it’s easier todaythan it was, say, 20 years ago, thanks toall the quality scenery products nowavailable. You can get nearly everythingyou need at a well-stocked hobby shop.Remember that no stretch of sceneryhas to last forever. If you don’t like it,you can just knock it out and try again.(Lots of fine modelers have done justthat more than once.) You’re out only afew bucks worth of materials andyou’ve gained valuable experience. Likemost everything else in this hobby, themore you do it, the better you get.
The three elements
As my friend Bob Hayden says, thereare three elements of scenery-making:form, color, and texture. Get all threeright and your scenery will be right.Let’s start with form, the shapes of things. Your best friend here is obser-vation. Our memories don’t serve uswell; looking at the real thing and study-ing photos is much more reliable.After considerable squinting andhand waving over imaginary contoursyou’re ready to start. Figure 1 showstwo popular techniques; I’ve listed someadvantages and disadvantages witheach. Modeling with extruded foamboard is extremely popular with today’smodelers, so if you have difficultychoosing, choose that.
Color and texture
Once we’ve modeled the ground, it’stime to paint it. Lots of modelerschoose browns that are too dark. Soilsare lighter than we think, plus our lay-out lighting doesn’t approach the inten-sity of sunlight. Medium tan in a flatlatex wall paint works very well formodel railroad scenery.Usually we thin the latex paintabout 50-50 with water, brush it on,and then begin sprinkling scenery mate-rials on immediately to take advantageof the paint’s adhesive quality. We can
Some sceneryfundamentals
Materials andtechniques for trans-forming a PlywoodCentral into a realisticmodel railroad
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Fig. 1 MODELING SCENIC FORMS
B. Foam board method1. Stack up layers cutfrom foam insulationboard; 1" and 2"thicknesses work well.Bond with LiquidNails for Projects.2. Smooth surface with hot-wiretool, knives, Surform tools,whatever works. (Hint: Hot-wiretools are great.) That’s it. You’reready to paint the surface withtan latex paint.First foamlayer supportedby wood risers.
Advantages
1. Controllable, easy toachieve the shape youwant.2. Lightweight and quitedurable (especially goodfor modules andportable layouts).3. No wood formers everneeded.
Disadvantages
1. Slow, particularly ifbuilding a large layout.2. Expensive if foaminsulation board ispurchased. (Scrapscan often be picked upat construction sites.)3. Can be messy, although ahot-wire tool eliminatesmuch of this problem.
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1. Hot glue vertical1"-wide corrugatedcardboard stripsin place.
2. Weave in horizontalstrips and staple (orhot glue) where stripscross. (Stapling ismuch faster and easier,but requires apliers-type stapler.)
2. Weave in horizontalstrips and staple (orhot glue) where stripscross. (Stapling ismuch faster and easier,but requires apliers-type stapler.)
3. Lay on surfaceof hand-sizedpaper towelstrips dipped insoupy plaster(messy method),or plaster clothstrips (neatmethod). Plastercloth is soldin hobby shops.4. Apply finishsurface withputty knife,using plaster(messy), orSculptamold(very neat).Sculptamoldis sold inhobby andcraft shops.
3. Lay on surfaceof hand-sizedpaper towelstrips dipped insoupy plaster(messy method),or plaster clothstrips (neatmethod). Plastercloth is soldin hobby shops.4. Apply finishsurface withputty knife,using plaster(messy), orSculptamold(very neat).Sculptamoldis sold inhobby andcraft shops.Cut strips acrossthe corrugations.
Advantages
 1. Inexpensive(particularly withmessy methods).2. Fast (particularlyon broad expanses).3. Easily modified.4. Lightweight(particularly ifSculptamold isused).
Disadvantages
1. Need carefullyapplied finish layerto hide outline ofstrips.2. May needmodifications toobtain final shapedesired.3. Messy (unlessplaster cloth andSculptamold areused).
Fig. 1 MODELING SCENIC FORMS
A.Cardboard Strip MethodIncrease flexibility by bendingwhile pulling across a handy surface.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY KELLIE JAEGER

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