Make magnificent mountains

Build your own mountain range with these extra photos and a list of resources
mountains_making
Wayne Wesoloski
In the Summer 2019 issue, author Wayne Wesoloski documents a mountain-making method perfect by Gary Martin in the Phoenix area. We had more photos and resources than we could fit into the print magazine, so we're sharing them here!
mountains_making6
Get some friends together and make mountains!
Wayne Wesoloski
Tips for peak performance

• Model any mountain or rock formation you wish. Wikipedia has a list of rock formations around the world, many with photographs.

• Look at the color(s) of rock you wish you model. Refer to reference photographs for inspiration.

• When “mountaineering,” don’t work during extreme heat, as you don’t want the stucco mix to dry out too quickly.

• Mixing the stucco goes more quickly if you use a large paint mixing paddle mounted on a power drill.

• Don’t feel you need to complete this project in one day. You can do a few feet at a time and not make this a monumental project.

• If you do want to get more work done in one day, make it a party! Invite friends, family, or fellow club members to join in the fun.
Related GR articles

How to make outdoor hard-shell scenery, Aug. 2018
Hardscaping using cement products, Dec. 2014
Hardscaping using cement products, part 2, Feb. 2015
Mountainscaping, Feb. 2010
The Eagle Mountain Railroad, April 2008
Hiding an ugly fence with gulapata, Dec. 1997

See a Tracks Ahead video of the Eagle Mountain Railroad, only on Model Railroader Video Plus!

mountains_making2
This frame section is covered with hardware cloth instead of filled with foam pieces. Use heavy gloves when working with this material, as it has sharp edges.
Wayne Wesoloski
mountains_making4
Add a small amount of concrete or stucco coloring to create a base color for your mountains. Coloring is available in powder and concentrated liquid at hardware stores.
Wayne Wesoloski
mountains_making5
Prepare several strips of burlap and roll them up. Use scissors or a hacksaw to easily cut the burlap.
Wayne Wesoloski

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Read and share your comments on this article
COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

Want to leave a comment?

Only registered members of GardenRailways.com are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
0

FREE EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Get the Garden Railways newsletter delivered to your inbox twice a month

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Garden Railways magazine. Please view our privacy policy