After years of hearing about it, I decided to give Lou Sassi’s ground goop a try. I found a few online resources with the recipe, including a video on the Model Railroader site, with Lou himself mixing it up. The recipe I found was
- one part Cellulite
- one part fine vermiculite
- one part dirt-coloured paint (I found a recycled paint at Rona called “clay” for cheap)
- 3/4 part white glue
- Lysol for storage
- water to taste
You’re supposed to mix this to “the consistency of oatmeal.” So, I did, and I was very disappointed. The stuff was more or less impossible to make flat, sticking to whatever tool I used to push it down and making a very rough surface.
That’s when I watched the video. I guess Lou likes his oatmeal substantially thicker than I do. The stuff he and others seem to mix is more like the consistency of peanut butter after all the oil has separated out and you’re just left with peanut paste at the bottom of the jar.
So, I tried again, this time aiming for dry peanut butter, and the result was much more manageable. The first batch is in the background, while the second batch is in the foreground.