Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Wildcatfootball, May 19, 2006.

  1. Calling all master builders out there. In your experince, what is the best way to make accurate roads on a layout? :wave:
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    There have been some good threads here on dirt and paved roads. Have you tried a search?

    The answer to your question really depends on what type of road you want, in what location, and what era... Give us some more info about what you want to do, and I am sure someone will have an answer for you ;)

  3. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    I built mine with hydrocal. Pain in the.... need i go on.

    But it works! all you need to do is be sure its level if you plan to put buildings or anything on it. In my case, so much of my layout ( being closer to the urban side of the spectrum) was pavement i just poured it down in huge areas, and and as it turns out iprobably could have flattened it better, but its all already painted.

    Once laid down, you can take a hobby knife and cut all sort of lines and cracks out, and it looks good. Look at this concreat loading dock! i still need to decide the scenery around it, but as you can see, it has an aged, cracked look to it. you can take a nobby knife and add the indidividual concrete squares with a straight edge. when i get the rest of my roads done, i'll start adding the weeds we all know will erupt out of those cracks!

    Its pretty messy though, and speed is important. I reccomend making smaller batches then the instructions say. I only get about half way through before it starts becomeing to set to work with.

  4. Well, era is present day. Small town feel, sidewalks on all the roads, that kinda thing.
  5. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    You could go with Woodland Scenics Roads. There plaster like. There is also Bucsh Roads and also Walthers has a road system also. If you don't want to spend much or have roads that are stuck there forever, you could use black sandpaper found at the hardware store.
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I use the backside of asphalt shingles weathered with powdered chalks then fixed in place with Dulcote. Then I run my lines and markings with a straight edge and Elmer's Paint Pens.

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  7. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    plaster with fine sand sprinkled on top for asphalt painted weathered black, plain for concreat painted gray .some times i also add plaches with differedt colored paint.
  8. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    Woodland SCenic's top coat has fine sand stuff in it already. its not enirely obviosu until you paint it on a smooth surface.
  9. abutt

    abutt Member


    I think the question that's already been asked is what type of roads? My layout in the early 1950s does not show a grat deal of asphalt. many of the major roads and minor roads were cement. So I just smooth some plaster on, paint them grey, and add tar line separations with a No.2 pencil, and I've go roads. Dirt roads is simply a brown wash over a not so smooth plaster (try and show tire tracks) and you've got dirt roads.

    KISS, Allan
  10. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    I use colored black paper and paint lines with yellow or white pens for my N scale layout.
  11. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think asphalt roads in ho scale is one of the few uses for the AMI uncured rubber roadbed. It isn't very good for roadbed on the railroad, but makes good blacktop roads.
  12. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

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