> 1. If money were no object, would you use cardboard strips or styrofoam
> to construct the basic scenic structure?
with cardboard strips attached to it. Using a hotglue gun with this works
great, however make sure you have PLENTY of ventilation since melting
styrofoam puts out some *** fumes. It is not as much of a problem if you
use a low temp hot glue gun.
Cardboard strips have the advantage of making the hidden track under the
scenery more easily accessible from underneath with open benchwork.
> paper towel and plaster approach, or would you use Rigid-Wrap?
2nd Choice: Plaster-Cloth
3rd Choice: Plaster-Cloth
I have tried both methods and plaster cloth is WELL WORTH the extra cost over
the paper towel and plaster approach, in terms of speed, cleanliness, and
> a problem)?
at $5.25 per roll. That's an almost 25% discount compared to retail prices.
Cheapest I have found (so far). However, if you or someone you know works
at an orthopedic clinic, they might be able to let you "borrow" some rolls of
plaster cloth. It is used to make casts to mend broken bones. Medical
plaster cloth has an expiration date, so alot of clinics just throw the stuff
away once it has expired. It'll still work for model railroads.
How much should you buy? I found that the plaster cloth works best when it's
at least 2 layers thick, as was suggested at the Woodland Scenics clinic at
the NMRA convention. This worked real well for me a couple of weeks ago when
I went thru about 13 rolls of the stuff. It's 8" wide by 5 yards long (10
sq. ft), so doing a double layer gives you about 5 square feet.
> - Evan Smouse
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