Magazines » Model Railroading - August 2002 » Page 28 Text View Magazine View

Page
of 72

August 2002 - Page 28


Modeling Streets and Roads Part 3B A s p h a l t
1

by Doug Geiger, MMR
Photos by the author

2
This prototype photo of a newly laid (less than three days old) asphalt road clearly shows its medium gray color. As an asphalt highway ages, it gets much lighter.

T

his month, we continue with asphalt road construction. Another technique used for making an asphalt road uses another commercial product: a medium-cell foam sheet. Several manufacturers sell this; Route 66 is one such company. They offer sheets printed in several roadway widths (both in N and HO scale) and curves. Although one side has the printed roadway markings (all in white), the opposite side is plain and can be cut to fit the road pattern. A sheet is approximately six square feet. Scraps can be fitted together to eliminate waste. Powdered chalks are a key ingredient in this technique and are used to vary the color of the foam material. A black marking pen is used to create the tar repair seams. Although the price-per-foot is high, using this material can create some very effective asphalt roads.

Route 66 markets a medium-density foam material that can be used for roadways. By applying some weathering, the dark black material can be considerably lightened.

28 MODEL RAILROADING

AUGUST 2002

Added April 1, 2011 - Share
0 comments