How to Create Mulch for Your HO Scale Model Train Layout

Pencil Shavings for MulchJosh sent in this tip for using pencil shavings to model mulch for your HO scale layout scenery:

If you take a pencil sharpener and empty out the shavings into a plastic bag or Ziploc bag and crush them up it makes good mulch for your HO scale train set or any scale if it matters.

Have you used pencil shavings in other ways on your model train layout? Share your technique in the comments area below.

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Rick Brock

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  1. Hi Rick,

    I would like to make a link im my website to yours. Can I?

    greetings from Bavaria


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