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Old 26th July 2010, 18:55   #31
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A lot of nice parks are bordered by forests. Trees can be a lot of work but they are certainly cheaper than buildings.
I like your trees idea. I'll take that into consideration.
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Old 31st July 2010, 10:52   #32
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Most streets arent entirely lined with buildings. Add gaps like Parks as has been suggested, or maybe a carpark, even a scrapyard if you want to. You could even go for something like a garage or forecourt of some kind.

Perhaps split it into two urban areas with a gap of common land in the middle
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Old 20th August 2010, 05:09   #33
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Default An N-Scale Road Made of Paper

A friend of mine was sealing the driveway and I got a clever idea. Why not use some of the black sealer to make my shingle road look more realistic?

I applied a coat of sealer and it looked fantastic--color wise. The problem that I didn't see right away was that in N-scale a roofing shingle is too thick. I placed a figure next to the road and the surface came up to his tiny knees.

What do you think about using fine gray sandpaper as a road surface for my N-scale world, my AMR friends?
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Old 20th August 2010, 05:15   #34
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I just got another idea. How about some of that wood filler to make a smooth transition from the shingle to the layout surface? Is that filler difficult to work with? Which would you choose, shingle + filler or sandpaper?
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Old 20th August 2010, 05:38   #35
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The filler would be appropriate for most roads - they call it the shoulder. But I tend to think that a shingle really is too thick for N scale.
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The sand paper idea work for me I would rough the edges to look like cracking .
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Old 8th September 2010, 05:43   #37
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Here's what I did...I used roofing shingles for the roads so I was able to make my roads at the bench and then place on my layout. After paint the road a basic gray color, I took regular masking tape and outlined the place on the road where I wanted the stripes - about 1/16 inch apart. My road surface was rough so the tape didn't adhere perfectly but that was ok. I then covered the rest of the road and surround bench area with rags and such, leaving only the desired stripe areas showing. Using a yellow spray paint can I sprayed into the air above the road about 16 inches up. This would allow the spray to fall, at its own pace, onto the surface. Don't spray directly at the road - you will get too much paint and it will run under the tape. Do light passes, adding a little more each time. It does not take much and I discovered that when I thought I needed more, after removing the tape it turned out that I didn't.

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The sand aper idea work for me I would rough the edges to look like cracking.
I used fine grit black sandpaper for my road, and it looks good. I've already glued it down though. Can I still rough the edges? How would I go about doing that?
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A friend of mine was sealing the driveway and I got a clever idea. Why not use some of the black sealer to make my shingle road look more realistic?
Oops. I KNEW I'd already mentioned the driveway sealer! Forgive me my AMR friends for bringing it up again in another thread.
However, I abandoned the shingle as being too thick and made a road strictly from the blacktop sealer stuff. It looks better.
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I have used a white gel pen to draw lines on my H0 scale roads. The tip of the pen is quite small so it might work for N-scale roads too.

Example of gel pen

The gel pens come in all sorts of colours, like yellow and red.
Thanks for the link with the picture.
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