Category Archives: Rock molds

Working on my layout aisle being a river or bay

I have a concept of the walk-in aisle of my layout being a river or small bay, so I am making my scenery (rocky banks etc.) all come down to a common level as it would be meeting a bay.

Series of shots, showing rocky banks coming to a common level.

Bank by the concrete arch bridge

Continuation of banks at bay level

Further along the bank

This showing my suspended edge, not yet fully built up with scenery

This shot from a low level showing the way the edge is built

My thought is to build a rolling cart with an area of bay level water that can be raised into position anywhere along the walk in aisle, for photography of the layout, with extended water.

Further post on the bridge

The next step was to airbrush the bridge with aged concrete.

Airbrushed bridge in spray booth

Then test fitting the bridge in place

Bridge in setting

Then working out the river area under the bridge with aluminum angle, foam, plywood, masonite and caulk

Working out the river course

Then fleshed out a little more with rocks, sculptamold, and the start of scenery

River and banks starting to take shape

More scenery and bridge weathering in a future post.

New batch of rocks

Rocks cast in Hydrocal, from many different molds from several manufacturers, and from my own mold shown in last post from a previous casting. Most will be used in the mountain area around the logging branch.

Hydrocal, cast rocks, scenery

Batch of cast rocks and the molds on the right

Large casting from one of the molds

Hydrocal, cast rocks, scenery

Large cast Rock

Hydrocal rock casting

I use a lot of different rock molds from various manufacturers, including Woodland Scenics, but I just came across a rock mold I made a while ago from a fine grained piece of rock  found in the garden.

scenery, Rock mold,

Latex rock mold

Nice detail in the rock and think the cast from it is going to make a nice outcropping in the river valley. Just needs some coloring and weathering plus some small evidence of vegetation.

Rock mold, Latex, Scenery

Hydrocal Plaster cast made from latex rock mold