I just noticed you're right down the road from me.Hope I don't put my foot in mouth ... But just about any other scenery material is better than plaster of Paris.
You have done an amazing amount of work in a short period of time. Going to look really good.
Check out Jim's thread .. Building the Pinnacle Creek and his scenery methods. It's a "sticky" by hoexplorer.
Rather than edit your post .. I'll just add my thoughts. I am old school, so take my comments lightly, please.I just noticed you're right down the road from me.
Just curious, what is wrong with using plaster of paris? Does it have a history of failing or is it just there are better choices/materials out there?
What would you recommend in place of it, I've read Ultracal 30 and Hydrocal are both good but difficult to find. Doesn't seem like Lowe's or Home Depot carry either.
Thanks I truly appreciate the recommendations and feedback. I've never done any molding/sculpting like this before so it's uncharted territory.Rather than edit your post .. I'll just add my thoughts. I am old school, so take my comments lightly, please.
On my former layouts, I used Hydrocal, paper towels, and newspaper. Hydrocal is much stronger than Paris .. And a 1/8 inch thick, or even less, shell is all you need. Paris will break or crack with lot less stress.
On the thread I mentioned, Jim uses a plaster cloth. I have no experience with this, but he seems to do wonders with it.
Check evil bay for plaster cloth .. You can get it in almost any quantity. On his first layout, he used stucco patch for most of his rock work. On the layout he is building as we speak .. He is using ? Sculptamold, I believe. Check out his thread.
Yes, we are close .. I am near Anza Rd on 79. Maybe I can visit you one day when you are working on your layout?
I have zero experience with N scale .. I just like all trains!
Thanks lasm, good to hear I'm not the only one using the cardboard frame and then coating. How's that weather, ae you guys finally thawing out up there?Steve, Can hardly wait to see your finished landscape. There are a bunch of guys on youtube doing the landscape the same way you are.
Great Job, lasm
Agreed, I don't think I'll be using anymore plaster. It's way too messy for me and some of the way the final product looks is a result of that. As you dip and remove the excess plaster that excess starts to dry up on the gloves and then crumble, which starts to fall off at any given time. I had a few chunks that fell off into the plaster I had already laid down. I tried to remove most but I think the pieces left behind will have to be painted to look like a few boulders in the terrain.I have to agree, even uncolored the plaster cloth looks better to me. (BTW, I have read that putting coloring in plaster weakens it, or at least can.) As for the cost, there may be cheaper sources of plaster cloth than the WS branded material. But looks like you are making great progress!
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