Free Scenery Material

traingeekboy Sep 27, 2020

  1. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    All you have to do is gather it yourself.

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    It's amusing to think how much hassle I've gone through in the past to make things look like rocks.

    A quick trip to the Free Model Railroad Scenery Material Store and I have nearly enough of this Inorganic All Natural Rock Product to put on the layout.

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    To think I used to assemble and blend plaster when now I can assemble and blend these fine scenic "rocks" which look just like "rocks". ;)
     
  2. Metro Red Line

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    Coincidenally, I just got finished re-doing this canyon scene on my layout that looks very similar to your prototype pic. I used consecutive washes of craft acrylics thinned with 70% isopropyl alcohol on a couple of Hydrocal rock mold castings. I used washes of Tan, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber and Burnt Umber, finishing with a spray of India Ink/alcohol wash to bring out the detail:

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  3. rray

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    I too collect natural rocks, dirts, sands, and decomposed granite for use on my modeling projects too. Where I live, we also have sagebrush, which roots make very convincing oak tree trunks.
     
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  4. HemiAdda2d

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    Nice one! I did the same many years ago, and basically have a lifetime supply of location-accurate material!

    Two key notes: bake it on a disposable cookie sheet in the oven for 250° for an hour or so, to kill bugs, bacteria, etc.

    Also, run a strong magnet through it to grab iron and steel particles. It's amazing how much you'll find, and this stuff has a tendency to migrate into model locomotive motors (via their own magnets) and can wreak havoc inside them.
     
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  5. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    Wondered when you'd find this discussion.

    I assume you can tell exactly where I am gathering my pressure treated silt rock simulators from.

    I have a picture I will not post here that I can show you if you have any doubt. It was taken inside Tunnel #2.

    Also, now we are both safe from the Dirt Hurt prototype crowd that would criticize your non prototype rock on your layout.
     
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  6. HemiAdda2d

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    I recognized the spot immediately.

    Waitaminnit, I have non-protypical rock on my layout.... :p :p
     
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    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    Kind of an amazing selection of rock colors up there.

    I need to gather some more. :p

    I expect yours is safe if you got it at Rainbow cut.
     
  8. HemiAdda2d

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    I actually got it at Crescent, in the cut near the parking spot.:sneaky::cool:
    The rock strata in Rainbow Cut is so neat to explore.
     
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    Was at an N Scale Weekend in Ohio years ago, a Lady was selling her late Husband's estate. He had worked for a PA coal company. Got a case of COAL SAMPLES in plastic bottles. This was probably 10 years ago and I'm still using them. You NEVER know where you'll come upon scenery items: Keep yer eyes OPEN.
     
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