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I use foam for most of my scenery. Its easy to work with, and gives a fairly nice result. I use a paper template to represent the footprint of the foam on the train table. I then use a hot knife (Tippy) to carve the foam. I use acrylic caulking  and wooden skewers or toothpicks to hold the layers of foam together. I have used computer packaging foam, blue insulation foam and pink insulation foam. They all work well. The caulking also fills any holes and seam lines. I then paint the foam with my base colour of dirt (50% paiant-50% water) and sprinkle with grass and dirt coloured ground textures, when still wet, so they stick and give a good base. Then I add more layers of detail. I do all this in my workroom, which is in a different room than the train room. The acrylic paint seals the foam well enough that I do not add an other sealer.

This picture below has N-scale houses on a rock face, to represent the housing used by the miners, located on the back wall beside my mine scene.

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The rock face below is made of foam. This was done in stages, and still has my first attempt at using foam for rock faces. I will have to re-texture my first attempt some day, when I get around to it, eventually, as I have learned so much since then.

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