Re: Modeling and craft how-tos
Dennis L. Haynes (HAYNESNPA@AOL.COM)
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 20:30:11 -0500
Regarding model landscaping....
Being a model railroder, (N Scale...and how my wife giggles over 'scale dirt'
<g>), and an ex-architectual model maker, there are a variety of landscaping
methods. You, apparently, have tried some. I would have thought, however,
the boys would have gotten a kick out of the mess they could make,
er.......ah.....creativity of use (that's it!) for the paper mache or plaster
There are others:
Make a form for mountains, hills, etc using scrap wood with screen stapled to
it. Cover with newspaper dipped in modeling plaster (from your local hobby
shop). Let dry, paint add features.
Instead of screen, you can use strips of cardboard, hot glued to the wood, or
use cardboard forms in place of the wood. More flexible.
There is a starter kit made by Woodland Scenics, I believe, that will give
you everything you need for a single reasonable price. Available at your
hobby shop, plus some Toys-R-Us and Playco locations.
A favorite of mine, but more expensive, is to set up a form, as above, with
wood, cardboard, or wire. Go to a medical supply house (maybe your local
pharmacy has this) and get rolls of gauze having plaster soaked into them.
Thes can be cut while dry to any length or shape you want. Place the piece
in warm water for only a few seconds, then place on the form. Smooth out the
surface by hand. You may need more than one layer for strength. Put on the
next 'til done. Let dry, and it is a strong as a cast. It can then be
paintes, rocks, trees, etc. added.
Lastly, a lightweight method is to use 1" styrofoam insulation board,
obtained from your local hardware supplier in 4'x8' sheets. Thes can be cut
in a contour, with additional pieces *white* glued on top of each other. The
board requires a sharp knife, which dills very quickly. The terraced edges
can be smoothed out using a special file tool, also available at the store.
You can then (once the glue is dry) add plaster by brush to add interesting
details, then paint, rocks, trees, etc.
These are some basics for landscaping, and, of course, there are more ways to
model details (Water, structures, rocks, trees, grass, *scale dirt* <vbg>).
Let me know if there is any interest in these items, and I will be happy to
share what I have.
I'm sure there are other ways to do the above and would be interested in
hearing about them. (The train set is *never* finished, you know.)
Hope this helps.
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