Making roads

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by pwheeling, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. pwheeling

    pwheeling New Member

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    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advise. I have my train track layout how I want it. I do not have any scenery yet but have the plans for it. I want to make the roads for the scenery and bought some all ready made road from the LHS,just say not to impressed. I saw the powder to make the roads what is the best technique when making the roads? Thanks all.
  2. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    I am in a similar phase as well, except i have all buildings and highway bridges i need finished. My layout is a semi urban one, so I need lots of roads and sidewalks I was looking into useing styrene sheets, because thats what everyone else seems to use, and it works pretty good apperently.

    I was also curious about useing scuptamold on portions of my layout. what works best?
  3. lester perry

    lester perry Guest

    I use a slow setting plaster I picked up at Home Depot. Don't remember what it is called. Then I painted it gray and added stripes using a very fine point artist pen for yellow and used a dental tool to scratch gray paint for white.

    Les
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Check the scenery threads here. Lots of techniques for roads, and variations depending on what type of road you want.
    Cardboard and plaster are common. I have concrete stuff in a tub. Woodland Scenics makes a kit using plaster. Scenery granules glued down for dirt/gravel.
  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I use the back side of asphalt shingles, weathered with powdered pastel chalk and marked with Elmer's Painter's paint pens. A coat of clear flat seals it. Here in hurricane country, shingles are like fall leaves up North. :thumb:

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  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    I mostly use styrene, I've posted some photos before, so instead of reposting them, Here is a link to my Railimages page, the last photo there shows how I create the crown fro a concrete road. As David said, there have been quite a few threads on roads, you may want to search for them.

    http://www.railimages.com/gallery/garypfeil
  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I've used both spackle and joint compound with mixed success.
    Ralph
  8. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    That is neat Bob.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  9. johnny b

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    Hey there . I'm an X ho modeler who was forced into N scale do to lack of room. In my layout I actually used shirtbox cardboard for the road surface and have had some nice comments on the look . It's very easy to layout , cutout and apply. I hand paited all lines and other details but stickers or decals would work also I suppose. If you're interested I do have some pictures posted in the N cale section under the title "first pics of my layout".
  10. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    I went to a local home improvment store and picked up an interior door skin which is about 1/8" plywood. It was primered white on the one side. I use a jigsaw to cut whatever roads I need and paint it with craft acrlyic paints, feathering out the edges of the road with modeling clay.
  11. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    I've used several methods over the years, but I've settled on cardboard being my favorite, because it works well with my "cheap, fast, & easy" philosophy ! :D

    In this scene, I used thin "shirt board" for the street, & mat board (used for mounting & framing pictures) for the sidewalk...
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    On this section of my old N scale layout, I had tracks buried in the pavement...to do this I used corrugated cardboard on the outside of the tracks, & filled in between the rails with sculptamold, using a hobby knife to clear the flangeways...
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  12. pwheeling

    pwheeling New Member

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    Awesome photos Drew. Thanks for the pictures and suggestions.
  13. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Great looking stuff Drew!
    Ralph