Phase 8 – Building up the forms

Focal Length:5mm
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Camera:Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

So after I was comfortable with the basic track configuration, had supports under the elevated sections, bridges roughed in and foam board track support sections, it was time to start creating a framework for the topography.

There are two things that make this section unique compared to my previous landscaping. One, I was trying to get as much track on my new real estate as possible and therefore a lot of my terrain is almost vertical… so I’m looking at a lot of cliff faces. And two, I wanted to add a lake feature in this section.

For the lake, I figured I’d cut a hole in the table, slope the terrain down to the hole and then attach a painted board from the bottom representing the lake surface. So here are the forms and I also beveled the edge of the hole a bit.


Next, lakes don’t just happen, they’re fed by something so this is a small inlet into the lake coming under the road.


On the other side of the road, I’ve made a form for a waterfall and the water will be coming out of a culvert or something at the top from under the upper level track.


In many cases, the walls were so vertical I simply cut sections of wood and glued them in vertically figuring I’d give it a slight slope when I staple the screen in.

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Other sections I cut contoured forms to staple too.



Next step is to create a mesh surface from window screen to support the plaster. I prefer to use aluminum window screen as it holds it’s form better. However, I ran out of aluminum screen and resorted to fiberglass and after being forced to work with, I did find that I like it in certain scenarios. Unlike aluminum, it’s easy to get the edges to lie flat with FG. It works really well for patching small areas together. I found that hot glue works well with the fiberglass although I still used a staple gun for the bulk of it.



The lake slopes, I did with aluminum but I added fiberglass around the edge at the bottom to smooth the transition.


This is fiberglass on the left and aluminum on the right. The aluminum worked best on the freeform steep walls as it holds it’s form as apposed to the FG which drapes.


And at last, ready for plaster.


Phase 9 – Adding Plaster and Paint

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