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Modelling Tip Of The Day – 32

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 32

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 32

This Modelling Tip Of The Day is an ongoing series, in which we’ll be posting a modelling tip that may be of use to the newbie right up to the seasoned modeller.

Today’s tip is:

Re-use Waste Items

Before throwing out waste items ask your self can I re-use this on the layout? One example is when making the hills & landform on your layout. Save any waste plaster that has set that you may have left over after using on the layout. Break the waster plaster up into small bits to form whats known as Talus. The Talus has many uses on the layout such as mineral wagon loads, riverbed rocks & stones, Scree on hillsides & embankments. Paint or dye the Talus to suit the scene you’re modelling. To give you a few ideas see the photos below.


Talus in its unpainted state.



Talus after having dye applied or painted. To give a more natural looking stone.



 Example for using Talus is to recreate mountainside scree slopes as seen on the right.



 Example for using Talus: Stones & rocks along & in a river as seen in this example of a river in Glenfinnan in Scotland.



Example for using Talus: Rockfall as seen in this example taken in the Chalamain Gap, Cairngorm, Scotland. Bigger pieces of Talus would be needed to recreate this scene.



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