How to make small roads with RC construction vehicles

Fancy some small roads for your garden? Then builld some using RC vehicles.
Christopher McFadden

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Do you have a lot of spare time on your hands? Is your garden missing a network of miniature roads for your fleet of RC construction vehicles? Then why not kill two birds with one stone by building some small roads using your currently idle RC construction fleet?

The process is a bit of a labor of love, but the final product is simply stunning. Follow this guide to find out how. 

diy mini road complete
Source: Construction General/YouTube

As you can imagine, you'll need some tools and materials before you get started.

Materials and gear needed

  • Lengths of wood
  • Basic tools (shovel, etc)


With all your gear in hand, it is time to get on with this great little build. 

Step 1: Prepare the ground

The obvious first step is to map out where you want your roads to go and plan any junctions, etc, that you want to build. Once that is done, you can begin the project by breaking ground. 

Clear away vegetation, flatten areas where needed and excavate banks, etc, as needed. You can do this by hand for maximum efficiency, or if you want to go full RC-realistic, use your fleet of miniature RC construction vehicles to get the job done. In this case, the road is being built around a small brook, but you can build your roads wherever you want. 

diy mini roads break ground
Source: Construction General/YouTube

Be sure to remove any large stones or rocks as you go too. You want the remaining soil to be as fine-grained and large-chunk-free as possible. 

Dispose of the waste soil, rocks, etc, away from the site - obviously. Whenever you complete a small section of road, fire up your RC steamroller and compact/flatten the soil as needed. If the RC machine isn't really up to the job, you may need to do this by hand. 

diy mini road steamroller
Source: Construction General/YouTube

Step 2: Begin to lay the road proper

Once the main route for the road or roads has been finished, you can now begin the road-laying proper. Take some trowels and cut a pair of channels on either side of the main carriageway. This will be used to add camber to the road to improve the drainage and longevity of your masterfully crafted road surfaces. With this done, you can then add other features your may deem necessary, like mini working traffic lights. 

diy roads traffic lights
Source: Construction General/YouTube

Once happy, you can now begin to actually lay the main road surface. You can use either real tarmac (though likely impractical), or simulate it with dark-colored (preferably black) sand or other material. 

Transport in batches to the road and deposit using your mini-dumper trucks. Then spread the "tarmac" out using some of your other RC vehicles - like a bulldozer. You may want to help your little RC vehicles out a bit by defining the edge of the road surface using lengths of scrap wood or similar material. This will help give the edges of the "tarmac" a clean line finish. 

diy mini road tarmac
Source: Construction General/YouTube

If this takes too long, you might want to consider giving your construction vehicles a literal helping hand. Continue until the entire road surface is covered, as needed. Level off/compact the "tarmac" using your steamroller as needed too. Keep going as needed until your predefined miniature road network is finally completed. For extra added realism, you could also add road markings to the road surface using paint? You could, if you so desired, even construct and install other road features like direction signs, speed limits, warning signs, etc? Let your imagination literally run riot. 

Once you are finally happy, your mini-garden road network is now complete and ready to officially open for business. Well done you!

If you enjoyed this little project using your RC construction machines, then you might want to put them to more work on a new project? How about, for example, using them to build your very own miniature soccer pitch? You could even consider adding it to your freshly minted road network? Happy days!

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