DIY Scenery Material

thetramp May 17, 2022

  1. Mike VE2TRV

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    I used 400 grit black sandpaper (600 is good too) that I very lightly sprayed with gray primer to lighten it a tad (way too black as is). I tried printing road textures but every print seemed to be slightly different in tone from the previous one.

    Back to scrap yards. Here's mine with the latest additions:

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    Pile of rusty pipes and stacks of crushed cars are the latest.

    CN 44-tonner #1 spotting a couple of gons with scrap loads too. The scrapyard owner is also what we call here in Quebec a "patenteux", someone who cobbles together various bits of stuff, junk and bric-a-brac to make something useful, fun, or both.

    Someone who would be right at home at Possum Lodge...
     
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  2. thetramp

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    Today, I started a new project. I cut out a piece of 1/8" masonite the size of my gondola. I painted that black and saw it was sitting too low in the car so I hot glued some cardboard risers on the bottom. That worked out pretty good. More to come as I move along on this project.

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  3. in2tech

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    What is that?

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  4. Mike VE2TRV

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    Exactly - it's a "What is that?" generator. :ROFLMAO:

    I found that - a toy - lying in the street in front of my apartment. When I saw it, I right away thought it would be right at home in my scrapyard, as a wacky project constructed by the scrapyard's owner.

    It used to be a horrible shiny lavender color (which made it easy to spot on the asphalt). So I painted it to look like some amusement park ride nacelles. The backstory is that the scrapper got hold of some old amusement park equipment and cobbled together an oddball vehicle on a chassis from an off-road amphibious thingamabob. It went down like a lead ballon with the local law enforcement so for now it's parked.
     
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  5. Shortround

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    That's what I was thinking. The Tea Cup Ride.
     
  6. thetramp

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    Continuing with my project, I had some rock looking material in my scenery container. This material is what is used in a mechanic shop to put on spilled oil and such. Yes, I am still cheap. I strained it to get the smallest I could. I then hot glued the "rock" to my masonite board and also put watered down glue over the top to hold down any loose ends. Then into the car it went. But wait, the project continues after this one.

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  7. Mike VE2TRV

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    Welcome to the club...;)

    Brita water filters are cheap supply of coal-like material after they're spent:

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    Dumped a load of it in the hopper, set it with Scenic Cement, and tinted it with some diluted black craft paint. Makes a great way to ballast the cars up to NMRA weight standards too.

    Like the bird says, "Cheap-cheap-cheap!".

    I also sprinkled some around the tracks near the coaling tower - coaling a steam loco is a messy business. Ask the fireman.
     
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  8. Shortround

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    Do you mean the clay for cat litter boxes? I have a 5 gallon bucket full. It's a lot cheaper than 'Floor Dry
     
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  9. thetramp

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    Don't know what it is called but I retired from a company that had it's own mechanic shop. The shop foreman gave me a grocery bag full of that stuff as he liked model railroading also. So to me it was free:D. I am all about free if I can.
     
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  10. Shortround

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    Same stuff. I was a machinist and got it there. Filled up my lunch box.
     
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  11. thetramp

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    Using the same process as the gravel load, I made a scrap load for that gondola.

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  12. Mike VE2TRV

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    I like that! Looks even scrappier than the ones in my two gondolas!(y):)
     
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    Today, I the wife didn't have anything for me to do :X3: so I got a few items together to experiment. I got together cardboard, dryer sheets, hot glue, white glue and plaster of paris. Picture 1, I hot glued cardboard braces then hot glues dryer sheets to that. After that, I spread white glue on the sheets to make them stiff. Picture 2, I put plaster of paris over the dryer sheets to form a mountain. I had made too much plaster so I crumpled up some tin foil for rock molds and made a few. To have more working for the plaster, I put a dab of vinegar in the water before I added the plaster. That worked well. Next, I will try my hand at applying ground cover. It has been about 6 years or so since I have tried applying ground cover so we will see what happens.

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    Same concept different load. For the risers, I used match sticks and I used a thin paint stir stick for the base. The stir stick was the exact size to fit into the gondola. I had to just cut it to length. I than tore aluminum foil into small pieces and hot glued them to the board. Now I have an aluminum load for that gondola. Not sure is the aluminum chunks are to big. What do you think?

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    Made some ground cover yesterday with sawdust and colored that green. Will need to strain it to get the chunks out.

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  16. Mike VE2TRV

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    Nice!:)

    Just hope that no one will try to make tea with it...:eek:
     
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    After passing the sawdust through a strainer, it came out almost like a powder. Just like you would buy fine turf from woodland scenic. In the pictures, it doesn't look that fine but when you pick it up between your fingers, it is fine.

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    I had bought this black diamond media years ago and never used it so today I decided to give it a try and make a coal load for the gondola. After I looked at the pictures I took, I realized I had some bare spots so those were filled in and it looks better. I will need to put some watered down glue to keep everything in tack than I think I will spray it a clear coat.

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    For dirt effects, I colored some sawdust brown than pass the chunks through a strainer and this is the results. Also made some more green.
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  20. Mike VE2TRV

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    Nice!(y)

    It looks somewhat like ground coffee after a pour (or something else more icky after a plop). :cautious: Hmmmm....

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    An experiment is in order.:sneaky:
     
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