Building the RK&M III: The Mountain

Tompm Nov 16, 2006

  1. Tompm

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    I finished the paper towels and plaster.

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  2. MK

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    Tom,

    Keep posting those pictures! I'm interested on how you will make those paper towels look not like paper towels.
     
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    Here is how the mountain area looks after I gave it a layer of plaster over the paper towels.

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    Next put the buildings in their places temporarily to define where I need to smooth things out.

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    Using Sculpta-mold I smoothed out the base areas for the buildings and for the road.

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    :thumbs_up: Your steady progress is inspiring. I have yet to master the use of Sculpti mold. It often sets up in the mixing bowl before I use it up. I try to mix smaller batches but then I'm mixing multiple batches. Any tips you can share for working with this stuff?
     
  7. Tompm

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    Thanks John!

    I am mixing small batches. I mix 1 cup of water and 2 cups of Sculpta-mold. To do the bases and the road took 5 mixes. Yes it can be a pain but I found like you if I go too big I have an unusable clump in the bucket. Also mixing small batches allows me to take a break. With my shoulder and back reaching can qucikly become a problem for me.
     
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    I have finished painting the ground with Folk Art Honeycomb.

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    I am also using the photos to track down those areas I missed.

    Next rock coloring and road building.
     
  9. BALOU LINE

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    [FONT="Trebuchet MS"]Ahh yes, the mysterious white spots. No mater how much paint you put on or how careful you examine the job, these little buggers always show through. And they will show through ever layer of scenery material so get 'em covered now! I know thats why many people add color to the sculpta mold (or whatever). To me it seems messier. I have been doing mine white like yours but I use reject gallon latex paint. With a big brush (taping often required) I get good coverage. In the long run a $5 gallon is a better deal than a case of even the cheapest craft paint. Latex paint can also be tinted with craft paint so subsequent layers can always have the same base tone.
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    Thanks John!

    Using Woodland Scenics Talus I added talus to the mountainside.

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    And a talus field
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    Using Woodland Scenics Smooth-It I built the road over the mountain.

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    Connecting to the Farm House Diorama
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    Looking down from the top of the mountain
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    I need to smooth out some bumps and add things like cracks.
     
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    I finished coloring the rock faces:

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    Very nice rock, Tom. I have seen my share of prototype tunnels, You captured the feel very well!
    I like how a few straggler pieces of talus are in the ballast and such. Just like real rockslides. Very nice!
     
  15. BALOU LINE

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    [FONT=""Trebuchet MS""]I agree!:thumbs_up: The coloring in the rock faces brings out the feeling of depth also.
    Your road is looking real good too. I can see how you are building the layers up similar to how the prototype is built. That kind of methodical work will show in the final results.
    As always it's great to see this whole layout evolve from bits and pieces.:shade:
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    Thanks!

    Here is one side of the mountain with green added. I used Woodland Scenics Blended Green Turf. I ran out toward the end and had to finish with Medium Green Fine Turf.

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    Tom

    Again, fantastic job, I have really enjoyed watching this thread, Congratulations
     
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    Thanks!

    Next I added some Woodland Scenics Coarse Turf to the Mountain.

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    Question about Sculptamold

    I haven't worked with Sculptmold yet, and am curious about some of its characteristics. First off, is it tougher than the plaster? By tougher, I mean less brittle. Second, why not just use all Sculptamold, rather than plaster with some Sculptamold?
     
  20. Bernard

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    Tom,
    What a great tutorial! It answered a lot of future questions I'll have when I build my mountain on my layout. Two questions, is there a side access to the trains once inside the mountain and after you sculptamold the mountain, you take a crumpled piece of tin foil and press it into the sculptamold for texture?
     

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