My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Scenery - Mountains

7 Steps to Realistic Rocks

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
60
Author:
Joe Whinnery
Description:
Using ceiling tile to create rock layers.

Adding Character

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-06
Page:
105
Author:
Lionel Strang
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author decided to remove a section of his mountains to model a rock retaining wall, which includes two water drainage pipes that flow water. The describes the whole process and the article includes some construction photos.

Building Believable Buffs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
140
Author:
Robert Smaus
Scale:
HO
Description:
Simple, step-by-step procedure for building realistic bluffs to cover the area between two tracks at different elevations.

Building Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
110
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
How to overcome your fears of doing scenery for the first time on your layout.

Casting Boulders

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-03
Page:
30
Author:
Doug Geiger
Description:
The author shows his step-by-step process for casting loose boulders using molds and Hydrocal.

Clay Rock Construction

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
32
Author:
Paul Rising
Scale:
N
Description:
This article shows how to create shallow-profile rock cuts.

Creating a Landslide

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-10
Page:
55
Author:
Tom Troughton
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author described how he dealt with the dark shadows formed by the mountain on the layout's backdrop.

Detailing Tunnels

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-10
Page:
115
Author:
Lionel Strang
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he cast tunnel interiors.

Geodesic Foam Scenery Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-02
Page:
75
Author:
Joel Bragdon
Description:
In this installment the manufacturer of this product shows us how to make rock castings, painting the rocks, and installing them.

Geodesic Foam Scenery Part Three

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-03
Page:
83
Author:
Joel Bragdon
Description:
In this installment the author describes how he paints the rocks, adds ground cover, trees, bushes, water, figures, and other details.

Geology: The Basis for Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-12
Page:
140
Author:
Mark J. Camp
Description:
The author describes the how and why of mountain formations and how we can model that.

Inexpensive Molds for an Infinite Variety of Rock Cliffs and Crags

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2010-11/12
Page:
83
Author:
Roy Buchanan
Description:
Making rock molds using bathroom silicone, shown in step-by-step photos.

Low-cost Scenery

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-10
Page:
38
Author:
Timothy Morris
Description:
Using heavy-duty moving paper to form the scenery base shell for the layout. Two layers are all that's needed before applying scenery materials.

Making Rock Molds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-09
Page:
66
Author:
Jeff Johnston
Description:
Step-by-step text and photo guide on how the author makes his rock molds. He shows two methods, one using a single large rock and one using a board full of smaller rocks (to make a vertical rock wall, for example).

Modeling Cuts and Fills

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-09
Page:
96
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
A brief how-to article on how to model cuts and fills (land above and below the track level).

Modeling State Line Tunnel on the NEB&W

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-09
Page:
84
Author:
John Nehrich
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article covers the construction of the tunnel. It includes prototype and modeled photos that share a striking resemblance.

Mormon Rocks

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2006-02
Page:
28
Author:
Ted York
Scale:
HO
Description:
Creating a 3D backdrop of the famous Mormon Rocks, Utah. Includes step-by-step photos of how the author built this scene.

Paper Shell Scenery

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-01
Page:
50
Author:
Howard Zane
Description:
Instead of using plaster, the author used red rosin paper to create base of his scenery. Has lots of scenery construction photos and talks about how to create a tree mat forest.

Permanent Snow Fences

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-01
Page:
93
Author:
Harry W. Brunk
Description:
A description of and how to model wooden snow fences. These fences held the snow back from the track during th winter months, but were left in place during the rest of the year. Includes scale drawings, prototype and model photos. and example trackplan placement of the fences.

Realistic Rock Castings from Molds

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-09
Page:
26
Author:
John Ostler
Description:
Using coal as a mold source for outcrop-scale rock structures.

Rocks Along the Right of Way

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-08
Page:
28
Author:
John Ostler
Description:
Includes prototype photos of track close to mountains.

Rocks Aren't Hard

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
70
Author:
Tony Koester
Description:
About attempting to match rock formations to the area we are modeling. Model and prototype photos. How did the Appalachian mountains form? How did the Rocky Mountains form? Includes a full geological map of the U.S. and Canada.

Rubber Rocks, Wire Weeds, and Other Scenery Tips

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-12
Page:
156
Author:
Bernard Hughes
Description:
The author describes how he makes rocks using cut-up sponges. From the left-over parts he makes ground foam. The article also covers making small weeds using multi-strand electrical wire.

Scenery Colors and Textures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-08
Page:
98
Author:
Jim Kelly
Description:
How to paint rocks and surrounding terrain using water-based paints.

Selective Compression and Landforms

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-06
Page:
30
Author:
John Ostler
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using selective compression to bring mountains closer to the track.

Snow at Condor Pass

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
136
Author:
Roger Baker
Scale:
N
Description:
Creating a scene in a portion of the author's layout separated by a view-block. The author discusses how he created "winter trees".

The Bread and Jam Method of Cliff Building

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-10
Page:
24
Author:
John Ostler
Description:
Creating near-vertical cliffs.

The Scenery Clinic Pt. XII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-01
Page:
56
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
This installment covers how the author built rocky cliffs using plaster castings.

The Scenery Clinic Pt. XIII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-02
Page:
61
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
This installment discusses how Paul paints his castings to make them look like realistic rock.

The Scenery Clinic XI

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-12
Page:
66
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
Making rock castings from molds.

Timber-lined Tunnels

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-09
Page:
62
Author:
John C. Stutz
Description:
This article describes the tunnel on the Southern Pacific's Santa Cruz - Olympia line. Includes prototype photos and scaled drawings.

Using Rock Molds

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
70
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built the walls of a rock quarry by using real rock of which he made the molds.

Weathered Rock Surface

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
66
Author:
John Gerdes
Description:
Carving heavily weathered rock faces.