While I was waiting for some weathering to dry on the model, I have decided to do a small base for the AML.
In the past I have used plaster of Paris for the base, this time I wanted to use something different, something that would give me bit more time to play with the surface structure and texture. I decided to try air drying clay and put in on small wooden base, that I had for a long time.
I rolled the clay into desired thickness with small brass tube and then cut it into the shape to fit on the base. Unfortunately as I masked the edges of the base with tamiya tape, pieces of the paint of the base tore off as I was removing the tape. Lesson for the future, for now, I will have to touch it up with some brown paint.
I have shaped the road structure and using the spare wheel from the AML kit I have made some wheel marks on the road surface.
Using ballast for railroad modelers as well as some sand and dirt collected from the backyard in the summer, I added usual stone & soil structure. I fixed things in place with sand & gravel filter, though for some larger pieces I needed also mix of water and white glue and even some super glue.
Once dry, I have airbrushed the whole surface with black for preshading pretty much the same way as on the model.