I haven’t been 100% happy with the approach module so the committee of one decided to change it .First the hill was cut down on both sides of the track by 20mm and cleaned up.Next the cutting sides were added using long styrofoam blocks cut from a large sheet 1.2mtrs x 600mm x 35mm.Using a water based cartridge construction adhesive these were glued in place and left to dry overnight. The next task is to shape the styrofoam that was achieved by using a Stanley Surform this tool is indispensable if you want to get a good result.After shaping the plastering takes place,casting plaster is used and mix with water and a squirt of pva glue to make it spread easier. Apply it with a well used 25mm paintbrush and a plastic scraper.By brushing the plaster vertically to the cutting sides a good uneven representation of a cutting is achieved.If your not happy with it try again.After all that let it dry and harden for a couple of days as it will be ready for the next stage.



Retired 69 year old model railway enthusiast.Likes, NSWGR LNER railways.Music, Mozart Beethoven, Elgar, Beatles, Rolling Stones,Miles Davis and many more.
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  1. Phil says:

    Looks great, but I trust you have a good vacuum cleaner. My experience with the surfoam tool is that it creates one hell of a mess. However, from what I can see from your photos, the worst is over. To minimise the mesh and subsequent complaints, I tended to carve with large knife first and then get the final shape with the tool.
    cheers Phil

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