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Posted by gramps-xrds on Monday, September 17, 2012 11:29 AM

I've used roofing paper with great success. After it's glued down I put a wash of medium light gray over it and with something sharp scratch some cracks into it.

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Posted by oldscalemodeler on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6:20 PM

This is a method I have used quite successfully in the past. Use a board of appropriate size fopr a base. Take some pre-mixed joint compound ( for use with wallboard) and run a medium thick coat over the pavement area. Use a hairdryer on hot setting to dry quickly. You might want to practice this a couple times because how hot the hairdryer is and how closely you hold it to the compound will effect how much it cracks. This will make it dry quickly and even crack some to replicate real asphalt. Use thinned grey and black washes to color. I like to put them in a spray bottle and just mist it on then let it dry (you can use the hairdryer again but not on hot) until you have the shading you want.  I've used this technique a number of times to replicate everything from newly laid asphalt to an old abandoned parking lot. It sounds more complicated than it is and a small tub of joint compound will make you quite a few roads. Good luck, and please post some pics of your results.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:12 AM


For the texture of the road surface you could use sheets of sandpaper and paint them black. I have never tried it but is might look good. Just a suggestion.

or if using wet-dry paper, it shouldn't need to be painted, since its already black, just have to get the right grit for the correct scale look. i've seen it used, and it's good

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Posted by twistedswift on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:23 AM

[View:[/IMG]:600:0]i made on on black foam board and it looks ok  also try stone paint it looks great as road .

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:32 AM

For the texture of the road surface you could use sheets of sandpaper and paint them black. I have never tried it but is might look good. Just a suggestion.

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Posted by Aleks Padilla on Friday, July 13, 2012 1:57 PM

You could use a piece of wood for a base and a gray sand for a road surface, whit yellow stripes as you mention.


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Posted by peanutgallery on Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:03 PM

Go out and look at various road surfaces to determine road surface colors. A solid flat black would work if the the road was just paved. I think a medium shade of gray may look better.Sounds like a cool was to take pics.   Good luck



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need some idea's
Posted by claysstang on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:10 PM

I was needing some idea's (some HELP) I'm wanting to make a drag strip look a like were i could do pics. of new models at time make a street scene racing like old days...I was going to use a piece of foam that you can paint now its got a rough look would flat black be best look for payment yellow stripes in center have some figure dropping a rag like in old me out some colors....and matieral thanks...



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