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Quick & Easy Terrain



Budget Modeler

Submitted By:

Buck Hedges


Here are some of the tricks I use to simplify making terrain.

EASY CRATERS: Styrofoam (expanded polyurethane foam) will dissolve in the aerosol from spray paints. To make craters, take a sheet of styrofoam, and spray a spot for 1-5 seconds with spray paint. Wait and see how far it dissolves. Repeat if necessary, then line the edges with sand, small rocks, ruined models, whatever, and paint it.

DIRT: Instead of buying flocking from hobby stores, I went to where snowplows had pushed up piles of sand the previous winter. A gallon jar of sand yielded a good collection of small stones, fine sand, and coarse sand. Spread the sand on a newspaper in the sun for a day to let it dry. When it is thoroughly dry, sift it through some fine wire mesh (I use a noodle strainer--much to my wife's dismay).

To glue it to your base, paint the base with water-thinned Elmer's Glue. Sprinkle on the sand, and let it dry for about 10 minutes. Shake off the excess and paint it with another layer of thinned-out glue.

For fresh dirt, unsed (or dried out used) coffee grounds work very well.

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