I made my first set of these awhile ago and made straight sections as well as some curves, For the curves I copied the curve from some pieces of HO scale slot car track I got from my father, if you have something like this available its a nice easy way to get nice even curves for your roads. I am going to be making more straight sections only for this how to though the technique is the same for curves.
|Jigsaw, flock, glue, textured paint, and a HO scale slot track section used as a template|
|Floquil Textured Diorama paint (optional item)|
|HO scale slot track curve and a completed straight section of road.|
As far as what size to make your roads that will depend on a couple of things, I am making mine for Flames of war, thus 15mm scale and I am not trying to match roads I already have. Mine are 3 Inches wide and length would vary depending on your individual needs, the one shown is 10 inches long though I am going to go up to 20 inches with some of the ones I am making now. If you have some roads already and want them to match up you would just make them the same width as what you have.
First off simply mark out the length and width you need for your roads and cut them out with your jig saw. I decided to do a 4 way crossing as well just because I had a scrap piece left over and it seemed like a good use for it.
|Cut to size and ready for a roadbed|
The next step it to spray them with the floquil diorama paint and then wait for that to dry, I let them sit over night.
|The floquil paint gives a nice texture and color for dirt roads|
Now I put some glue down the sides of the road and then add my grass flock. you could also dress them up a bit with little stones or logs lying on the roadside if you wanted to. once this is dry you could spray a flat coat over it to help hold the flock together, however I have been using the first set I made for almost a year now and I don't think it needs it. Total cost for supplies is minimal assuming you already have flock and sand to cover with all you need is the MDF and that can be had for around $7.00 or less for a sheet which more than enough for a good set of roads.
|I run a line of glue down and then spread it out with a stick or tooth pick|
|once I put down the flock I let it sit for a minute and let the glue grab into the flock|
|shake off the excess flock and let dry|
|The completed roads, the sheet they are sitting on is part of whats left from the original sheet for other projects|
on a final note this could be adapted to a number of other features as well. I have been planning on making rivers in the same way as well as making more like the roads and putting down rail track and flocking and ballasting the track which will make it look better on the table than just putting down loose track. Of course with track it becomes a little more expensive to do as you will have to add the cost of the track.