Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Nick8564, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. Nick8564

    Nick8564 Member

    What can anyone tell me about how to build montains and the best stuff to use, and everything else to, grass, roads or any thing to help me on this end? Thanks
  2. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

    I think your best bet is to get a good book like Dave Frary's book on Realistic Model Railroad Scenery. I think that Lou Sassi has a new book too.

    Dave's book has sure made my MRR life a lot easier and I'm sure improved the quality of my scenery.
  3. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Hey Nick, welcome aboard! That's quite a large topic with many different answers. Lots of us have had success with different techniques and have our favorites. All of the things you ask about have been talked about in past threads several times on The Gauge so you may find some quick info right here by clicking on the "search" function up above.
    If you have more specific questions I'll bet you'll get a bigger response.
    Jim's idea about finding a popular book about scenary is a good one.
    Best wishes,
  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    If you want realistic asphalt roads, get a rooll of the AMI rubber roadbed material. I don't know how good it works as roadbed, I didn't buy it for that, but it makes great asphalt roads. I little white or yellow chart tape will make realistic center lines on your road.
  5. trains1972

    trains1972 Member

    There are several ways to make mountians it depends on what type of material you have handy or how much money you want to spend. I put up a drop ceiling in a bedroom and had a lot of scrap tiles. I put the tile over an edge and hit the tile to break it off into about 1 to 2 inch strips. The uneven edge looks great for rock forms. After I had a bunch I started to glue with white glue paint side down and stacked them like bricks. I even ran a knife along the top of the tile to make thinner pieces. The tops of the mountains I use balled up newspapers and spackle mixed with water the mix should be watery. I took paper towels and I cut them in half and dipped them in the spackle mix then placed the paper towel flat over the newspaper.
    To paint the mountain I used spackel mixed with water and a dark brown paint dye it looked like light gray paint. I used a brush and put that on heavy and let it dry. Then I used washes of different colors start with the darkest use as many coats as needed to get the right base color. I used 4 coats of the dark brown before I went to the lighter colors. I put the wash on with a paint brush I hardly had to touch the tiles the wash will run over the mountian. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of how it looks. First picture is just the tile no paint, second picture is with the spackle mix with the dark brown paint and the last picture is as far as I got done. I still have to add a wash of black on.

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