phase 2

Focal Length:5mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Phase two – Adding Terrain to the elevated section


Visually, I had what I wanted to do in my head and since terrain modeling isn’t precision by nature, I just started building up a frame with scraps of wood I had lying around. The idea in back was to form a mountain with an area in the back corner that I could cut a hole in the table and kids could go underneath and climb up and sit back there.




I did this in sections but once the framing is in place, I put aluminum window screen over it using a staple gun.


I put crumpled up paper stuffed under the framing to give it a little more shape and soften the edges.


Then screen over top tying it in with the road surface.



Having done civil site grading, this wasn’t to difficult to visualize but I could see the bridge area being tricky if I didn’t have that background experience to pull from.


Next, paper mache. There are all sorts of convenient surface modeling supplies for train layouts but this is the most economical method of covering the screen. You can use flour & water and newspaper. I had an old container of vinyl spackle which I diluted with water and then used scraps of plain white paper.




after I finished, I laid the track back down and stapled 3/4″ strips of foam board at the edge of the road so the track will sit flush with the terrain.


I then used undiluted spackle to blend the edges where the terrain meets the flat table.


Phase 3 – Painting the terrain surface

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