- Placing trees near buildings is much more effective than placing trees in an open plane
- Having Interior lighting makes a very real effect if you want to have night scenes
NEW- A Guide to making mountains
| A Mountain that I Am currently building |
for my layout
Making Mountains is fun but sometimes can be challenging. On my layout I have one large mountain that I Built at 3 diffrent times. I am currently working on my third mountain for this layout. This mountain connects both of my tables (Before i had two tables placed about 30 inches apart from each other) and the two old mountains were separate
Bath Tissue/Toilet paper*
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NOTE you will either need plaster Cloth or Elmer"s glue to complete this Project
There are many ways to start building a mountain for your layout. You can use 2X4s chicken wire and plaster cloth to make the mountain or you can make a "screen out of cardboard and staple it to some 2X4s. Sometimes these methods can be a little bit pricey though so i prefer to use a much cheaper method that works just as well as the other two methods.
The method i will teach you about has crumpled up newspaper to support plaster cloth or paper mache
To start you will need to crumple up newspaper. Start from the corner and work your way to the center. Tape this together and set them aside. You will need a lot of these. Stack and place these newspaper balls in the shape of your mountain. Then take plaster cloth and lay over the Newspaper rolls. Let this dry and then paint. ----------Plaster cloth can also be replaced with paper mache, bath tissue, and newspaper strips.--This is the method i used
Making billboards can be fun and easy. All you need are some pecies of copper wire, hot glue and some advertisments for companies that can be printed off of Google Images. Print the mini advertisments onto buisness cards (you can laminate them if you want) And Print them. Then Take two 4 inch strands of thick copper wire and hot glue them to the back. Let this dry then apply to layout.
|Tools needed to make realistic water|
- Sponge Brush
- Mod Podge
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Black Tempra Paint
- Brown Tempra Paint
- Model Magic Clay
- Start by clearing an area out where you want to put the river or body of water.
- Take the cork and tear it into strips that are 3-10 inches long and about 1/2-1 1/2 inches wide then paint each strip dark brown LET THE PAINT DRY OVERNIGHT TO ENSURE THAT NO PART IS STILL WET!
- Spread a layer of model magic around where the river will be. Before the model magic drys pound a sponge into it to make a wave effect. Let the model magic dry for 24 Hours.
- Paint the model magic black.
- After the black paint drys spread 2 thick layers of mod podge LET This Dry for at least 2 hours
- Stack the cork strips up in stacks of 4 and hot glue together
- Glue the cork so it is pushing up aginst the model magic ( See photo A1 [top Photo] for an image of how it should look)