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Does anyone have a good formula for home made plaster? I have some plaster cloth, but it sucks and I figured I could make something better. I did once in cubscouts. That was a long time ago and I can't remember how. I think using flour will work. But what else to mix with it beats me. :dunno:
 

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Yeah, that works and as good as I am at making bread I could sell it as a lethal waepon. ;)
I was hoping there was something to add to the flour and water to make it more like cement.
Maybe sand from the soil in the yard? :confused:
I will just have to experiment.
 

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I did my whole layout with plaster cloth, and I think it's the easiest way of handling scenery. The important thing is to make sure the bumpy side is up, then just smooth the bumps after dipping it in a pan of water. No muss, no fuss.
 

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I did my whole layout with plaster cloth, and I think it's the easiest way of handling scenery. The important thing is to make sure the bumpy side is up, then just smooth the bumps after dipping it in a pan of water. No muss, no fuss.
Could you explain a little more and maybe post some pics? I am new to this and can not imagine plaster clothing an entire layout. :(

I do know how to use the stuff its just..................???
 

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Sure,

Here are some pictures:


This picture shows all of the foam risers installed, this is a 4x8 layout for HO





Next I installed some flat foam, and tunnel sides to keep the trains safe as they go through the mountain You'll notice that I've formed newspaper balls under the layout. This allows me to get a very organic shape, quickly and easily

I hope this helps!

Josh


The plaster cloth goes over in at least 2 layers, in some spots I did 3, but the entire thing is fully plastered here, and painted with a wash of coffee and other watercolors. I just splash the color on the sides and let it run down and blend together.


Now I just added the beginnings of foliage, ballast and track. Things are starting to look good


Proto 2000 DCC w/ Sound Conrail engine running on the layout. Notice the lights are now working across the layout. It was a real pain feeding the wires through the layout. I used a coat hanger to feed everything through.
 

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I use some flat pieces of foam as a base around buildings and stuff, but yes, everything on the layout has at least 2 layers of plaster over it, so that it's all blended together and is one seamless shell, that takes paint, and other supplies evenly.
 

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Wow! :thumbsup:
I really did not expect a reply.
That is very impresive and now I can see what you are talking about.
Also, that is like the layout I am trying to create. Just no inclines because my loco is crap and this is a trial run and learnig layout for me. ;)I did make a mountain. :) It does not look as good as yours, but hey, what can I say. :dunno:
 

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The liquid pigment earth colors are amazing, you can just keep adding water over and over again, and the color just keeps on coming!
 

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plaster scenery

Hello Alfalfa and welcome

I tend to over research things before I do anything,
so I purchased the WoodlandScenics video that shows how to
create a layout the way sptrains has done. The video does a good job of making the whole process seem very simple.

It was worth watching

Aaron
 
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