Looking back on p.3, your transition between lower rock formations and added ground covers looks great and amazingly real. I will continue to follow your progress. Thanks for sharing your skills with us.
Thanks Rick and Rich. With some paint and some carving with the dremel you can make blue foam look like rock. Spent last night with washes of acrylic to add some color to the rock facings. More pictures to follow.
You are a master of blue foam scenery with Dremel carving. I like the brown forest litter you use. From your description I am assuming it’s a mixture of materials.
You’re making great progress.
Thanks Mike. Yes, I am using Scenic Express ground foams. Hard to say this but their light and dark brown fine "dirt" looks better to my eye than the old standby real sifted dirt. Just ordered another 42 ounce bag today.
While not as glamorous as the number two spot working its way to the Linville interchange with a load of logs, electrical wiring is extremely important on a model railroad.
With a foam sub roadbed on a shelf, there is very little depth to hide the jungle of wires so common in Model Rail Roads. The side profile is quite thin, at best 2 inches.
Working with the foam means the lightweight mountains, hillocks and hills can easily be removed.
The whole layout can then be turned up on its side to do the dirty, non glamorous work of electrical wiring.
The inexpensive “router” attachment for the hard working Dremel tool is used to cut grooves in the underside to a depth of a 1/2”.
Next the wiring is pushed in to the groove and secured using dabs of hot glue. “ Suit case” connectors make easy work of splicing in to the wires in the grooves
After labelling the connectors that will go to the electronics box below the shelving the layout is brought back to place on the wire shelving and it is on to the more glamorous work of building the Linville LDE for the On30 East Tennessee and Western RR.
Thanks for looking. Hope this mini tutorial wasn’t too boring.