Doug Hodgdon

Creating Rock Scenery

Doug Hodgdon
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Creating Rock Scenery
  • In-depth Instruction; over 86 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $39.99
This introduction will provide you with an overview of the example rockwork project for the class. You will also be introduced some of the materials and supplies you’ll be working with as you create your own rockwork.
Gathering the right supplies in advance saves a great deal of time and frustration. In this session, you’ll be introduced to the materials you will need to cast your own rock work, install it on the scene, color it realistically, and blend it into the surrounding scene.
Planning is the key to success. The best way to create a scene that is pleasing to the eye and operationally viable is to plan it out well in advance. In this session, you will see how to plan the placement of your rockwork in relation to track and other scenic elements. You will also learn the importance of preparing for the mess that can be created as scenery is built.
In this initial installation phase, you’ll see how to attach rocks to your scenery base. Here’s where your prior planning will pay off as a guide to installing the rocks in just the right location.
In this session, you’ll see the value of expanding construction foam as one method for filling in the voids behind rockwork to support the surrounding scenery.
With the rocks installed and the area behind the rocks filled, this session will show you how to apply the scenic base material and prepare it for subsequent scenery.
In this session, you’ll learn how to extend your rockwork by adding subsequent vertical layers of rocks. You will see a second method for filling the void behind the rockwork and more details on preparing the surrounding scenery base. You will also learn some great techniques for blending the rocks together and maintaining a great looking rock texture at the same time.
Coloring will make or break the realism of your rockwork. Here, you’ll learn methods for using pigment washes or stains to get very realistic results to match the rocks of the area you are modeling.
In this final session of Creating Rock Scenery, you’ll learn how to tie it all together as you add texture and color to the surrounding scenery with ground cover. You will also learn how to bring the scene to life using trees, talus, and other scenic elements.
9 Lessons
1  hrs 26  mins

A key component in turning a model railroad track plan into a layout is realistic scenery.

Regardless of what part of the world you model, there is a high probability that the terrain includes some rocks. Whether they are huge mountains, bluffs over a river, or a shallow rock cut through rolling hills, rocks are a common element in scenery nearly everywhere. Adding rockwork, therefore, is a great way to add realism to your model railroad layout.

In this class, Creating Rock Scenery, you’ll learn how to add rockwork to your layout. You will be introduced to the tools and materials you’ll need to cast your own rocks, install them on your layout, and blend them into the surrounding scenery.

In the class, you’ll see rockwork added to existing scenery, but the techniques presented will work equally well if you are working on new scenery.

You’ll learn how to plan your scene so your rocks look natural but do not interfere with your railroad’s operations. You will learn how to cast your own rocks from plaster and install them realistically on your layout. You will see multiple techniques for filling in the area behind your rockwork to prepare for the surrounding scenery. You will learn how to create the scenic base for the surrounding scenery as well.

Once installed, you’ll see how rocks can be colored to look very realistic and match rockwork in your area or in reference photographs. Finally, you will learn how to add scenery texture and other elements to complete the scene.

With the techniques and skills you’ll learn in Creating Rock Scenery, you will be equipped to add beautifully realistic rock scenes to your layout.

In addition to your video instruction, you’ll get a helpful Class Guide PDF that you can print out use as a reference as you plan for, and work on, your rock scenery.

Doug Hodgdon

Douglas Hodgdon joined the Model Railroad Academy in 2016 and has a passion for helping fellow railway enthusiasts pursue their love of trains. He received his first train set at just three years old, a Marx wind-up, which captivated his interest. Since then, Doug has maintained a fascination with model trains. His journey began as a teenager working at a hobby store, eventually evolving into a 50-year-long profession dedicated to constructing model railroads across various scales, from Z scale to 1 1/2" to the foot (1:8) scale. Doug specializes in S scale, specifically the Proto 64 variety, where he operates his Southern Pacific "Citrus District" layout, spanning 2' x 18' and utilizing a waybill system. Doug believes that model railroading, often referred to as "The World's Greatest Hobby," offers a fantastic avenue for learning, growth, and the creation of three-dimensional art. In his role as a host for the Model Railroad Academy, his aim is to inspire and unite fellow hobbyists.

Doug Hodgdon

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