How to start your railroad scenery

You have quite a few options for scenery. Most modellers prefer foam insulation board. But you can also use newspaper with ‘plaster bandage’, or cloth smothered in glue(leave it to dry a while) to shape your scenery.

If you are short on space and want to make a ‘portable layout’ use foam. It’s a little fragile around the edges – but it’s by far the lightest option.

Don’t worry about the different brands and colors. Just by the cheapest. I’ve never found any difference in any of them.

Cutting the foam is easy. You might hear some folk go on about using hot wire cutters – but I’ve also found my old bread knife does the job a treat.

To make your mountains, just stack the foam boards up and glue them together and then get busy with your knife – that’s all there really is to it.

I prefer to use foam for the bigger mountains, and newspaper and plaster bandage for the more fiddly stuff.

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  1. Martin

    Glad my photoes helped to visulize your tips about the use of foam. If you want to know the actual type of foam in the photo’s? it’s called; Phenolic Foam.

  2. Geoff H

    Another useful tool for this carving work on Insulation sheeting is to go to an OP SHOP or a Flea Market and for about $2 to $3 buy yourself an electric carving knife.
    Mine was still brand new in the box and after many years I still haven’t worn it out. :wink:

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