Getting some roadwork done.

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jeffrey-wimberl, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Just putting in a bit of road. Don't let the high sides hang you up. The surrounding terrain will be built up like embankments, like the local roads here are.

    This shows they are the right size.

    To make the flangeways for the railroad crossings I used lengths of waxed dress shoe strings laid next to rail. I then put drywall compound into the rest of the space and let it dry, then gently removed the shoe strings.
  2. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Looks good Jeffery, What are you using to make your roads, plaster?
    That's a good idea about the shoe strings...might have to try that..Thanks.
  3. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    I'm using plaster of paris for the roads and Sheetrock joint compound for the crossings.
  4. Old_Bob

    Old_Bob Member

    From a retired general contractor:

    Try one of the fast set drywall compounds; it will be a LOT easier to work with than plaster of Paris. Get it at a home center that handles drywall. It comes as a dry powder to which you add water. The label on the bag or box will give you a setting time like 30, 60, or 90 minutes. That is the time it takes to set up, but you really have to wait overnight to sand it. But it does sand and it doesn't shrink much if at all.
  5. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Old Bob: I use Sheetrock Drywall Compound (premixed) for the railroad crossings. I'm gou=ing to use it for the rest of the roads as well.
  6. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looking Good Jeff.:dance:
  7. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I like using drywall compound too. Jeffery I really like your back drop trees and buildings. Makes the scenes seem to go on for miles!
  8. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    You know, I didn't even think about how the backdrop would look in a pic when I put it up. I just put it there because it looked a whole lot better than the wall. Then I took some pics of the layout. Nothing really to shout about until I looked at one that showed part of the backdrop. I was so amazed by how realistic it looked that I almost fell off my chair, after I picked my lower jaw up off the floor that is.

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