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Getting Started with Sectional Track

In this class, you’ll see how easy it is to get started with model railroading in any of the major scales using sectional track. The idea of using sectional track is the building block concept with fixed, straight, and curve radius pre-fab sections. It’s hard to go wrong using sectional track, especially as there are…

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Model Paints and Tools

Model painting and the associated tools are an essential part of our model railroad hobby. In this class, your instructor Doug Hodgdon will show you the assortment of paints, solvents, stains, brushes, and other tools that he uses at his own workbench, and how they may fit into your creative process. Doug’s idea is to…

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Creating Rock Scenery Class

A key component in turning a model railroad track plan into a layout is realistic scenery. Regardless of what part of the world you model, there is a high probability that the terrain includes some rocks. Whether they are huge mountains, bluffs over a river, or a shallow rock cut through rolling hills, rocks are…

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Techniques for Spectacular Scenery 5: LIVE Event

Join us for an MRA PLATINUM LIVE event with Ron Marsh, who will discuss the Techniques for Spectacular Scenery PLATINUM LIVE Course and answer any questions you may have. More in this series: Techniques for Spectacular Scenery 1: Scenery Base Techniques for Spectacular Scenery 2: Rocks, Texture, and Color Techniques for Spectacular Scenery 3: Water…

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Techniques for Spectacular Scenery 3: Water Effects

In this session you will learn how to apply and color rocks and other ground texture to your scenery base in preparation for scenic details. You will learn about a variety of materials and methods for making scenic rocks. You will also see a demonstration of how to mold, install, and color your own plaster…

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Techniques for Spectacular Scenery 1: Scenery Base

In this session you will learn the importance of a good scenery base. You will get an overview of several different types of scenery base and a variety of materials used in building them. Considerations for planning your scenery will be discussed. You will see a demonstration of two of the most common and popular…

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Techniques for Spectacular Scenery

Nothing has a greater impact on the realistic look of a model railroad than scenery. Whether your layout is a small diorama, a 4’ x 8’ starter layout, or a basement empire, realistic scenery can make your layout look spectacular. Absent or unrealistic, toyish scenery, on the other hand, can detract from the otherwise beautiful…

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