Creating an Agricultural Scene

with Doug Hodgdon

$39.99

You Get with Your Class:

  • In-depth Instruction, over 90 minutes
  • On-demand video access ­anytime
  • Indefinite access. Pay once, view forever
  • Bonus materials, including printable supplements
  • Access to Class-only Q&A with Railroad experts
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Model railroad layouts typically depict towns or industrial areas where the action of the railroad happens. These scenes are usually separated by some open country scenery.

But what should we depict in that open scenery? What can we model that will fill the space while creating interest?

One good option it to model agricultural scenes. Farms and ranches add a sense of life and action to what otherwise might seem a very static, lifeless scene.

In this Model Railroad Academy class, “Creating an Agricultural Scene,” you’ll learn start-to-finish how to model an agricultural scene depicting a hay field and a corn field during the fall harvest.

You will see how to plan and develop the scene; how to build up the scenic base to add drama and interest to the overall scene; and how to detail the scene to depict the corn harvest.

You’ll be introduced to materials and techniques to help you depict the earth in a farm field, fence posts, individual corn stalks, wet earth, and more. You will also learn how to select colors that tell the story of the scene, depicting realistically the right season in the right location.

When you are finished with this class you will be able to create an agricultural scene for your own model railroad layout that is realistic and dynamic.

In addition to your video instruction, you’ll get a helpful Class Guide downloadable PDF that you can print out and use as a reference as you plan for, and work on, your agricultural scene.

Doug Hodgdon

Douglas Hodgdon has been a part of the Model Railroad Academy since 2016 and really enjoys helping folks follow their passion for trains. He got his first train set for Christmas at just three years old. It was a Marx wind-up and he was mesmerized by it! He’s had model trains ever since. Doug worked at a hobby store as a teenager, and that evolved into a business of building model railroads as a full-time vocation for over 50 years. He’s worked on model railroads from Z scale to 1 1/2” to the foot (1:8) scale. As you may know from Track Talk Live, he models in S scale, the Proto 64 variety, operating his Southern Pacific “Citrus District”. It’s a 2’ x 18’ switching layout and uses a waybill system. Doug’s theory of model railroading is that it’s called “The World’s Greatest Hobby” for a big reason. It can be a fantastic hobby with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. It can truly be three dimensional art. In hosting classes for the Model Railroad Academy, his goal is to create a shared inspiration for the hobby.

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