by Dan Crowley
techniques have been used to create asphalt roads. Many articles have been
written outlining the use of Plaster, drywall compound, styrene and fine grade
Wet/dry sandpaper. I won't go into any of those, but I will show you a
technique that I developed that gives outstanding results.
craft store sell something called "creative hands flexifoam". This
stuff is available for less then $2.00 for an 8 X 11 inch sheet. It is
easy to cut and the technique I am about to show you gives results that are
second to none. I have prepared a photo essay that outlines the steps
required to build a city street.
The following pictures show how the road and curbing are
the road has been cut to size you layout and the curbing added, comes the messy
part. Take some plaster and mix it to the consistency of Latex paint.
I usually add some black acrylic craft paint to take the brightness and the
whiteness out of raw plaster. Once this is mixed up, brush it over the
roads and curbing you have installed on your layout. Allow it to dry
paint the sidewalks and gutter a concrete color and allow to dry. Darken
the road surface by painting it with black acrylic craft paint. Once
dry you can lighten it with a dusting of white plaster to give it a better look.
Using a straight edge and pencil draw in the concrete details, such as expansion
lines and concrete cracks. In the example I drew in a gutter drain.
can easily distress this asphalt with an exacto knife. The following
images show how I made a pothole with my knife and then just filled it with a
trace of sand
comes the part that will make your pavement outstanding. The plaster
coating you painted on the road surface is dry, hard and brittle. The
underlying foam is soft. Push into the road with your finger tips and
observe what happens!!!.. Cracks appear. Beautiful naturally forming
cracks. The more you push the more distressed your pavement becomes.