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chuck geiger

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Building Up Scenery To Roadbed
« on: January 07, 2015, 09:11:25 PM »
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What is the best method for building the surrounding landscape/scenery/table top up
to the track level or roadbed level? This is the first layout where I've used roadbed on
sidings and spur tracks. DFF does it great, please weight in on the process.
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Re: Building Up Scenery To Roadbed
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2015, 10:38:13 PM »
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I'm going to guess he uses lightweight spackle.

I've had good luck with drywall compound, but it's heavy and cracks if put on too thick.

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Re: Building Up Scenery To Roadbed
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2015, 10:41:59 PM »
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And basswood foundations for structures?
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Re: Building Up Scenery To Roadbed
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2015, 01:39:06 AM »
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On mine, which is definitely NOT portable, and is VERY solidly attached to the walls, I used sand for much of it.  Plain "mortar sand", from a masonry supply, which, 15 years ago, sold for $20 a ton.  Then the finish scenery, dirt, foam, etc, went over that.  Foundations and roads were built up from whatever material seemed most useful at that locations, usually balsa or styrene, although a couple are plaster poured in balsa forms onsite, just like a concrete slab.

No, I didn't buy a ton.  The boss and I couldn't figure out how to weigh a cardboard box on their truck scale, so we decided it probably held a little under 100 pounds, and rounded up to a dollar.  I still have some of that box of sand, and found more at a remodeling project near where I worked.  They dumped a big pile in the parking lot, and after finishing, left a small pile.  I helped clean the lot...
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Re: Building Up Scenery To Roadbed
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2015, 06:55:30 AM »
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Chuck,

Thank you for the compliment.  Ed is right.  The scenic forms on my layout are roughed in with 2" foam and then lightweight spackling is used to blend it all together and fill in any gaps.  I'm using styrene for roads and foundations.

Hope this helps,
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