Question by tom s: Model railroading (terrain models): what to use as the base / floor?
Looking into building a “Terrain Model” just like the ones used for Model Railroading (except I will be using it for Toy Soldier collection). I can pretty much figure out how to make a frame, also “decorating” or coloring etc… what I’m looking to know is what to use for the exterior base of mountains etc…
Do you use Styrophom and carve it out? Plaster and shape it? Paper machett formed around frame? or something else?
I want something inexpensive I can use a lot of.
Thanks for your help.
Answer by Steven D
I’ve used Styrofoam for many years. It’s easy to work with and shape. I use a serrated knife and a hot wire cutter. I also use a thin coat of plaster to give it a bit of rigidity. You can get a large broken piece of foam at any insulation shop or check a house site for scraps. Usually you can get them for free.
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