Building roads for HO

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by mikebalcos, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

    I'm much of a novice on model railroads. Currently, I want to do roads easily with accessible materials. My location is in Quezon City, the Philippines, and there are no model railroad shops here. It is of my current interest to use plaster of paris for the roads. Can this be done? How do I do it, from how much water to be mixed per part, to how could I color the plaster? Are there other materials that can be used as well? Should there be other materials, they should be available here. Sorry for the parameters.
  2. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I've used joint compound for drywalling right out of the container. Spackle too, if you have something like that available.
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    From a guy who lives in hurricane country to a guy who lives in typhoon country, asphalt shingles can be a plentiful commodity to use for model roads. I use the back of them, cut to size, weathered with chalks and lined with Elmer's yellow and white paint pens. The grade crossing how-to can be found here>>>

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  4. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    shaygetz, that looks very nice
  5. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Wow. That's an interesting technique, and not one you usually see in books. It looks quite realistic - it should, since it's the same material as the real thing. The chalk markings look good. The texture of the road gives them that speckly, worn look like they have in reality. My only quibble would be that roads aren't that dark unless they've just been paved.
  6. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    I use polly filler (plaster of paris) every time, speckling compoud is also a good option.

    There are lots of threads here concerning roard building, use our search option to find them easily

    announce1 Also please post your progress. that would be great.
  7. CaNadiaN

    CaNadiaN New Member

    I personally use foamies (found at nearly any craft store).
  8. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    That is a great idea CaNadiaN, I have tons of that stuff and never thought of using fo roads, I'll have to try that one out, sounds like it would work and look cool:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  9. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks, I saw it used a a train show and never went back to plaster. As for the color, the sunlight makes it appear darker than it actually is. I even go so far as to allow it to be sunbleached for several months before I use them.
  10. kitsune

    kitsune Member

    I've always used matboard, but wow, that shingle technique has me wanting to tear my roads up.
  11. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

  12. alexander

    alexander Member

    i use Tile Grout, mixed up, pour it on, spread it thinly, but its not the eaisest to do
  13. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Wow, Josh, your method really produces outstanding effects for an asphalt road! I never saw such realistic cracks in a model road surface so far, and also the pothole looks very convincing. (Poor suspensions of the passing cars! :) )

    I think I've seen such foam boards in a handycraft shop - and I'll give your technique a try.
    Thank you for the link!

  14. Santa Fe Jack

    Santa Fe Jack Member

    I've got to agree -- Josh, that looks great! I vote for that technique for distressed roads, and the asphalt shingle technique for a newly-paved road. The yellow and white lines done with the paint pens works well, too.

    As for the PEP BOYS truck in the photo, though -- aren't they a relatively recent chain? How could their logo be on such an old truck?
  15. Alan Bickley

    Alan Bickley Member

    I just use dark grey undercoat paint and tissue paper. I simply put paint down in the desired area and then carefully spread the paper on top of it. The paint soaks through and when dry, the joins become barely noticeable.
  16. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I love the technique you posted Josh! My next road will be made that way!
  17. Me Toooo

    Got my vote shaygetz, looks just great!!!

  18. jcrowell

    jcrowell New Member

    road shingles

    Doggone it! Two weeks ago we got a new roof, and NOW I look at this concept!!!!
  19. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    You're all welcome, I saw this about a year ago, and recently found it again. I love it.

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