What to use for road's & street's?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Heath, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Heath

    Heath Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2006
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi all,
    Was just wondering what you all are using for making road's/street's/highway's?
    Store bought "rolls" of street's with highway divider lines, etc. or use other material? Wood, plastic?
    Heard a few people mention about using styrene, paint it, weather it.
    In addition, what about sidewalks & curbs?
    Any suggestions?
    Help would be greatly appreciated.

    Heath
  2. CRed

    CRed Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    620
    Likes Received:
    0
    I was thinking of just using Styrene my self.If I want it to look like Blacktop I was thinking of using super fine sand to give it some texture,not sure how that would work out though.

    Chris
  3. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2007
    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    0
    I use a mixture of sand blasting grit- can also be used for model coal, matt black powder paint and plaster(in powder form). Ratio: 2 (Sandblasting grit) : 1 (Matt black powder paint) : 1 (plaster).

    This gives me satisfactory results.

    Will post at a later date, as soon as I get pics.
  4. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2006
    Messages:
    2,574
    Likes Received:
    0
    I sometimes use 800 to 1200 grit sandpaper. It gives a surprisingly realistic appearance of a macadam or asphalt road surface.
  5. Alan Bickley

    Alan Bickley Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2003
    Messages:
    107
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a method that I discovered by accident a few years ago. I paint the desired area in a thick layer of dark grey undercoat and then put sheets of tissue paper down on it, using the same brush to flatten the paper and allow the paint to soak through. When it's dry it looks just like a faded road surface. It's cheap to make and if done carefully, the joins in the paper hardly show up!
  6. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    MIx the sand with laytez paint, then you can just apply it kind of like plaser. Dry wall compound works for smoother roads.
  7. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,709
    Likes Received:
    0
    Old-fashion adhesive tape, sticky side down and paint the fabric backing to match whatever you like. Comes in wide rolls suitable for road widths. Not good for curves, but works just fine for city streets, and don't forget to show the expansion joints if you model concrete road surfaces.

    For sidewalks, drywall. Remove paper - it now comes without any paper - carve curb lines and expansion joints - place and paint. Viola'!


    I uise drywall for country roads, because the road should be built-up on a grade for drainage just like RR track. This sets up the grade automatically. Scupt shoulders and you're good to go. Easy to model potholes, too.
  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Messages:
    3,877
    Likes Received:
    0
    I use the backside of asphalt roofing shingles, cut to width and marked with paint pens. The I weather them with powdered pastel chalks sealed with Dulcote. My grade crossings are Campbell's bridge ties, stained with dirty paint thinner.

    [​IMG]
  9. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2007
    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    0
    shaygetz, tthat road of yours looks so realistic- cool!
  10. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2007
    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    0
    Heres an example of my way- that is a layout I built for my LHS, sorry about the bad lighting.

    Attached Files:

  11. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,810
    Likes Received:
    0
  12. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Messages:
    3,877
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks...I can't claim its originality, I saw it on a module at a show, I just used paint pens instead of pin striping tape.
  13. Heath

    Heath Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2006
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0
    Long overdue thanks

    HI all,
    Thanks for all the great suggestions and photos. Have been sick last while so delay in responding. Better now and want to get back into it.
    With thanks,
    Heath:thumb:
  14. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2007
    Messages:
    203
    Likes Received:
    0
  15. bspun2

    bspun2 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2007
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    well i used

    Hey Heath, I used a sheet of foam art board as a base and cork board for where my buildings set with enuff space for a side walk. I covered the cork board premixed wall plaster mixed to a gray color when dryed i sanded smooth never losing the color of concrete it made drive entries easy to make realistic. I just paint the roads with black paint and planning on using auto pin stripe for my street lines. Pin stripe for the curbs too.

    Attached Files:

  16. stripes

    stripes Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    0