Scenery modeling - Doing a terrain transition

08 Jun 2016

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30:06 - Scenery modeling - Doing a terrain transition (2012)

Expert modeler Mike Confalone builds a transition scene from a photo backdrop to three dimensional terrain. Mike shows how to use florist's foam to build the scenery base, then mixes up some of his "universal mud" and ends up with applying this mud to blend the contours between the foam and the surrounding scenery. Includes 3 video segments in all.

For the previous video segments on building the scenery in this area, see Casting, blending, and coloring rocks

Part of the Scenery Modeling Outside the Box DVD, volume 2.

•Building terrain with florists foam (14:10)

•Making "universal mud" (5:10)

•Using the "mud" to blend contours (10:46)

This HIGH DEFINITION version of our STD-DEF DVD content is available free to TMTV members (HD version costs extra to purchase and is only available as a download).

All the Allagash quarry project segments in this series include:


Mike's also put his entire Allagash layout story in writing in his comprehensive 4-volume eBook series containing over 400 pages and hundreds of photos illustrating his points. Learn more about the Allagash Story eBook here.


You mention this stuff dries as hard as a rock; does this pose any noise problems when applying it right up to the track?

Pinman, I've never noticed any problems with noise. The mud mixture works great for a variety of things. Give it a try!

Mike: I've stayed away from the floral foam until I saw how you used it in this video last week. The timing is perfect; since then as I used the foam to fill in an odd shaped area that would have been tough to work up using my customary cardboard strip/plaster towel method.  Worked great, quick, simple. And the razor saw worked great to shape too! I'm going to be using a lot more of this material going forward. Thanks! Joel