Making Roads

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by platypus1217, May 4, 2008.

  1. platypus1217

    platypus1217 Member

    I have been putting this off for a long time on my layout and was hoping I would get some inspiration from you guys! I want to have asphalt roads probably. It is for an industrial area.

    What type of material to do you use to model roads? Any tricks, etc. that you use when modeling them?

  2. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    For asphalt roads I use the real thing. 3 tab asphalt shingles.
    I got the idea from a post by Shaygetz. Here's a little pic.


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  4. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    The current issue of Model Railroader mentions using shingles for roads on page 61....a tried and true idea that yields nice results as members have shown!

    The MR article mentions sanding down the shingles to remove as many of the granules as possible before gluing it down with construction adhesive.

  5. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Every time I see the roads posts (about once every 3 months), I post this one:
    Ashphalt roads
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thank you for the plug, Loren. I do use plain asphalt shingles turned colored side down for my roads...


    Seems to work well for my LPBs...

  7. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Nice photo's Shaygetz, I see you like smokey and the bandit too:thumb:.
    As for the plug, your threads are great and deserve it.

  8. platypus1217

    platypus1217 Member

    The plaster and flex foam looks good Josh, I like the easy cracks. For you other guys that use shingles, what scale do you model in? I am in N and I am not sure if it would scale down as well.

    Thanks for your input
  9. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I do HO, the flex foam looks to be the route you'd want to take. I'm using that on my portable N scale one and find the joints a bit of a challenge.
  10. Denyons

    Denyons Member

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  11. DeckRoid

    DeckRoid Member

    I have a whole roll of tar paper from a small sheep shed I put up. I had to buy a whole roll, even when I only used 16 feet of the stuff.

    Would that work?
  12. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Fine grit grey sandpaper also makes a convincing road and you can weather it with chalks.

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