Returned from my Big Boy/Golden Spike trip a few days back and was ready to get back to modeling. Ended up having a very productive day adding a good amount of scenery and detailing to roughly 1/4 of the layout. Overall I'm satisfied but would like some recommendations on a few minor problems I'm facing.
First, here's a general overview of what I did today.
The hill so far looks ok, but in my mind doesn't quite look complete. I'm thinking of adding some rock casting to the center portion of the hill. Wonder if anyone can recommend a method for applying such a rock surface after you applied most of the scenery like I did here?
I had trouble with the ballast in most places. There are blotches where the ballast absorbed more scenic cement than others. Anyone here face an issue like this?
Finally, you can see a minor detail I'm for whatever reason greatly proud of. Unsure of what to do with the inch of space between the tracks and layout edge, I decided to add a footpath. You can also make out the roadway which I created with zip texturing. I ran a passenger car over the texture to create wagon ruts.