Doug Hodgdon

Creating Rock Scenery Class

with Doug Hodgdon

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.

  • 9 Sessions
  • 1h 25m

Doug Hodgdon

Douglas Hodgdon has been a part of the Model Railroad Academy since 2016 and really enjoys helping folks follow their passion for trains. He got his first train set for Christmas at just three years old. It was a Marx wind-up and he was mesmerized by it! He’s had model trains ever since. Doug worked at a hobby store as a teenager, and that evolved into a business of building model railroads as a full-time vocation for over 50 years. He’s worked on model railroads from Z scale to 1 1/2” to the foot (1:8) scale. As you may know from Track Talk Live, he models in S scale, the Proto 64 variety, operating his Southern Pacific “Citrus District”. It’s a 2’ x 18’ switching layout and uses a waybill system. Doug’s theory of model railroading is that it’s called “The World’s Greatest Hobby” for a big reason. It can be a fantastic hobby with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. It can truly be three dimensional art. In hosting classes for the Model Railroad Academy, his goal is to create a shared inspiration for the hobby.

Bonus materials available after purchase

Printable Class Guide PDF

Download this Guide as a reminder of the key details you’ll see in the video instruction

Video: Meet Your Instructors

Download this short video to meet your class instructors, Doug Hodgdon and Mike Swiridow

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