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Old 06-27-2019, 02:02 PM   #11
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<laughing> Two of my trailers have "skirts" (the third does seem to be on its wheels) and they all have steps already; I have a Woodland Scenics "Rusty's Regret" and I saw N scale cinder blocks somewhere; and I've already got the Woodland Scenics "Dogs & Cats" and the Noch "Dogs" sets. There's a Preiser set called "Hounds" at hobbylinc.com. Maybe I should get it. I was going to use my Woodland Scenics "Wooden Shed" as a chicken coop, but I couldn't find N scale chickens - so it's a big doghouse.

Update: The N scale cinder blocks were at hobbylinc.com, but they're OOS like almost everything scenery from Atlas/BLMA.
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Old 06-27-2019, 02:07 PM   #12
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TY Michael E. If I go to using blonde sandpaper for "dirt", that's a better option for asphalt than Gorilla tape.
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Old 06-27-2019, 06:02 PM   #13
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I'd go with Traction fan's ideas. If you want something that looks realistic, green paper isn't a good route.

Those grass mats will work fine, or you can do what Traction fan suggests. The only thing I'd do differently is to skip the white glue. Paint your surface with dirt-colored paint, then sprinkle the ground foam grass on while it is still wet. You can add more later using the white glue method if you want, and add trees, bushes, and other ground cover as well.

I get a little more finicky with roads. I use strip styrene to make a frame, which I fill with drywall mud -- this has the perfect texture for HO asphalt. Each lane should be about 13 scale feet wide. Level the drywall mud with a scraper made from styrene (for ultimate realism, it should have a slight crown (about 6 scale inches) in the middle. Airbrush it any shade of gray (new asphalt is almost black, it weathers to a very light gray). Add patches of a different shade, make cracks with a Sharpie, paint the pavement markings. You can do a lot to make roads look realistic. Finish up the edges with a little fine ballast to simulate the crushed stone road bed.
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Old 06-28-2019, 12:40 PM   #14
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Thank you everyone. I think next time I order from hobbylinc.com I'll get a Woodland Scenics Grass mat and a "Desert Sand" mat and see what I can do with them. To quote one of our fellow members: "If no one has ever done it that way, it might be fun to try." - Lee Willis
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