While searching Youtube, I came across a video. Its a normal train layout, toww loops and a few trains running, but the interesting thing is that the landscape is NOT made of LEGO.
Cab View (Terrible Quality)
It shows that you can have alot more freedom when you do this. for example:
-you can get more details, such as grass or trees or cracks in the cliff instead of studs
-You can have running water in a more natural looking enviorment (Once again, going back to the Brickster's topic on water)
-You can make your asphalt road actualy look like asphalt
-Roads can now do many things (go slantways, crossways, and upways without the restriction of a baseplate)
-less bricks are involved, so that means more $$$ (Or Euros if you are non-American) to be spent on LEGO.
Its simple to do this. i spend alot of time model railroading, so i find alot of videos on how to do model railroading stuff.
(Supplies can be bought here. If you are in the model railroading hobby, you must surely know of Woodland Scenics. Good, quality model railroading supplies. I am not advertising though, ok )
(I will make a seperate topic, but I will tease you with how to make a road)
WAY 1: Good for people who want flat land
For this one, you will need
woodland Scenics Vinyl Turf
(Scroll down the product page) #RG5151 - Road Kit with instructional video on how to use road kit on vinyl turf.
1. Take out vinyl turf and road making kit
2. follow instructional video (if not, I THINK there are instructions that come with the kit)
4. scrape off all the turf in your marked area
5. color the road black with the paint and paintbrush included in the kit
6. mark the dividing lines 0.3 - 0.4 inches or 1 stud thick
7. MAKING SIDEWALK: Make the sidewalk 2 inches wide or 6 studs wide
8. copy steps 4 and 5
9. add details with a pin or toothpick
10. if you want the road to look like it has been repaired recently, mix the black paint with glue. using a thick toothpick, dip it into the mix and spread across the road, creating a tar effect
11. If you dont like a black road, either use the sidewalk color or use a mix of a little black and some white
12. add your cars, minifigures, and other what-not to the street and road.
Hope I opened your mind to a new and innovative way of doing your scenery
This is Brickstarrunner, signing out!
Edited by TheBrickster, 11 October 2009 - 09:20 PM.