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I am about to start landscaping my 4 x 8 layout (HO scale) and will be incorporating a 2% grade in some areas. Landscaping for elevation will be mainly done with rigid insulation and plaster cloth (DIY version).

Since I am a complete novice at this, would it be best for me to invest in risers from someone like Woodland Scenics rather than trying to create a proper grade freehand.

My aim is to create the grade correctly and do it on my first attempt.

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being a novice at trains really has nothing to do with building the correct grade... if you are doing this on a straight away, you could probably do it fairly easily. There is a thread on here some where regarding how to do this... I will look around for it quick and get back to you.

That being said, I am using the Woodland Scenic, except I am going with the 4% as the only thing going up the incline will be locomotives not pulling anything.
 

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Brad ... I was just about to point him to the same link/thread ... you beat me to it!

TJ
I was actually going to say, "TJ, this is for you" then post it. I actually found it by a post you had where you put the link in.
 

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Thanks for pointing me to the thread. The grade will probably be partially on a straightway but some will be on a curve. I think I'll probably go the Woodland's route.

As far as being handy, not really but sometimes I do surprise myself with how well a project turns out - actually my wife is more surprised than me when it happens.
 

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you can do a lot with the Woodland incline... if you paint it correctly, it can look like a man made incline, or you can easily cover it and make it look like a natural incline... pretty awesome stuff... not to mention, that you can get it in 4, 3, and 2 degree inclines.
 
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