Stone Walls

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modelbob

Administrator
I'm looking for a source for HO stone retaining walls like the PRR used. These are large square cut stones.

Does anyone make anything like this, or will I have to carve my own?
 

sushob

Entrepreneurial Teen
I don't know if anyone makes them or not, but I do think it would be a fun project to cast each stone individually and build the wall the "prototipical" way :D I've been casting stones for my N scale display/diorama recently. I just pressed some rocks into "Sculpey" clay to make molds and used plaster to cast them. The clay has an almost rubber-like quality, so the plaster doesn't stick. The clay doesn't seem to air-dry either, so if you decide you don't like a mold, you can just roll it up in a ball and start over. Of course, individual stones probably wouldn't be very practical for any sizable project :rolleyes:
 

modelbob

Administrator
sushob said:
I don't know if anyone makes them or not, but I do think it would be a fun project to cast each stone individually and build the wall the "prototipical" way :D
So... Are you offering to that work for me? The section I need is about 8 feet long (real, not scale, btw) and ranges from 1 to 3 inches high. Let me know what other info you need to get started. :)

Seriously, that's just not an option. Between work and this website and all the other layout work I want to do, scratchbuilding a wall, or much of anything for that matter, isn't going to happen any time soon.
 

George D

Member
In case you are forced into carving your own - I made a small wall using blocks carved from a strip of styrene. It's not as time consuming as it might appear. The size of the blocks are based on the size of the piece of styrene you use. Here's a picture of the carved blocks and a picture of the completed wall.

George
 

sushob

Entrepreneurial Teen
Are these the type of wall you're after?
http://homepage.mac.com/jjakucyk/Transit1/prr/pages/page_10.html
http://homepage.mac.com/jjakucyk/Transit1/prr/pages/page_9.html
http://www.railfanusa.com/pics/mine/mtc_83.jpg (minus the orange cones, of course :D )
http://www.jerseycityhistory.net/embankment.html

Here's some info (scroll down to stone work).
http://kc.pennsyrr.com/model/prrflavor.ws4d

And here's what they suggest.
http://www.choochenterprises.com/html/8310_cut_stone_wall.html

How about handbuilding a small master section and then making a mold to cast the rest? :D I'd love to, but I'm afraid it would take awhile, unless you can talk my chemistry teacher into easing up on the homework a bit :)
 

CBCNSfan

Registered Member
Staff member
WOW! haven't got to finish the tour yet, what terific photos fantastic thanks for posting the links even though they took a nice chunk of time out of my morning but it was worth it :D
Cheers Willis
 

George D

Member
Thanks, Nate. I liked your first link. There are some other scenery ideas besides the walls in those photos.

George
 

modelbob

Administrator
sushob said:
Are these the type of wall you're after?

Yes, that's exactly what I have in mind. The first one really shows it well (minus the brick portion, that seems to be a later addition.)

The orange cone one was great too, and included a detail I'd forgotten, those distinctive railings that PRR used.
 

sushob

Entrepreneurial Teen
Glad you guys liked the links! Hope they helped! Good luck with your project Bob...let us know how it turns out.
 




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