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Plaster and Ground Foam
Following are several pictures of the plastering and ground foam application. I was surprised how messy the plaster was and how unfinished it looked. However, after the application of the ground foam, the scene is beginning to take shape.
Here is the first picture of the left hand module. As you can see, I have installed the fascia board which has been cut to match the elevation of the ground. (For more information of this process, please see Bill Carl's clinic
on the FCSME clinics page) I have covered the rails with blue tape and have already finished the plaster work.
A couple of things to notice.
First - Where there are going to be buildings and roads, there is not plaster.
Second - The plaster is not even. My backyard is not as flat as a piece of plywood, neither should the ground be on my module.
Third - in this and in some of the other pictures, you will see that we wrapped the plaster/ newspaper over the top of the fascia board. I believe this will give us a better overall appearance than having the scenery die into the fascia board.
Before you begin sprinkling on the ground foam, you need to protect where the buildings are going to be located. You do not want to put the ground foam under the buildings 'foundation'. If you do, you will end up with an uneven surface for your building and it will not look good. I applied the blue tape where the buildings foundation are going to be so that I did not get any grass under them.
Next you need to paint the plaster with brown/ dirt colored latex paint. You only paint a small area because you will sprinkle up to, but not all the way to the end of the wet paint.
You need to be able to keep going so you stop short so the paint wont dry before you finish applying on the ground foam. Once the paint is applied you, Sprinkle, Sprinkle, Sprinkle.
Sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle. As you can see, I stopped short of the wet brown paint. Now, I will keep going to the right.
Here is an end view of the completed left hand module. Well, the first step in the ground foam saga is completed. Notice in the back that I have cut a piece of cardboard to the size of the buildings footprint. It looks much better than leaving it unfinished. Compare this picture to the first picture.
Here are two pictures. A before and after if you will. This first one shows the plaster wrapped over the fascia board.
This second one shows how this will look when it is complete. Wow.
Here is a picture of the center module. See what I mean about it looking really sloppy? I will be adding more pictures in the near future, wait to see how it looks with ground foam.
Another picture of the center module that looks really messy.
Here is one of the right module. Messy, messy, messy.
And the last picture for now is an end view of the right module. Come back to see more progress and let me know what you think.