Modrock plaster / or fluffy quilt ?

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Chuffchuff
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Modrock plaster / or fluffy quilt ?

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I was taking a look at videos on building scenery using mod rock ( plaster bandage) and found a couple of videos where lightweight insulation blanket was used.

The videos were American based using “batting” and the closest U.K. material I found is polyester 2 oz quilt (aka wrapping).

Web searching the railroad sites, the use of this material seems popular as it avoids the weight, wet plaster slurry using plaster. Painting the quilt, provides a textured finish which can be used as a basis of further work.

Has anyone tried this idea, or any thoughts about its use ?

https://youtu.be/9C6aHEoUWYg Describes the method.

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Sorry, never used either. I use polystyrene stuck together with no nails type adhesive then add kitchen roll dipped in thin plaster. A few layers seems to give a strong but light surface. I only use scatter, static grass and trees on top so it doesn’t have to be too strong.its also a cheap method which suits my tightness and desire to use some recycled materials.
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Mod roc is expensive but buy it as plaster of Paris bandage from either eBay or Hobbycraft and it is as cheap as chips. The quilt/slurry you describe sounds very messy by comparison.
Create a support from either strips of card or insulation board first and paint the whole thing with brown emulsion before adding scatter or static grass.
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For an even cheaper method; I used corrugated cardboard as contour formers, forming a latticework, then filled each 'cell' with crumpled paper. Strips of paper were then criss-crossed across and then wetted with thinned pva.

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I use anything to form the contours but plaster of paris bandages (very cheap) for the surface.
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Thanks for your replies.

Going back to the quilt idea, it sort of gives a base that can be personal choice of finish and colouring. The alternative solution is to use something like Jarvis model grass which comes in rolls.

For a more structured look with cliffs, rocks and trying to make a scenic to resemble the beauty of Dartmoor landscape , a harder plaster finish is the the place to start.

Just exploring my options, I yet to lay any track.

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