Ron Marsh

Benchwork Essentials Class + DVD

with Ron Marsh

Building a model railroad is a very exciting prospect, but a quality layout requires a quality foundation.

In this class, you’ll learn what it takes to build benchwork that will provide the strength and stability you need for your layout, fit the specific requirements that will help you attain your goals as a model railroad builder, and not break the bank with extra, unnecessary materials.

To this end, your instructor for the class, Ron Marsh, will cover these details for you:

  • Several crucial decisions you need to make before you start building your benchwork.
  • Various styles of benchwork that will suit every layout type and situation.
  • Different materials that can be used in building benchwork.
  • The tools you will need to work with each of these building materials.
  • How to build one popular style of benchwork start to finish.

As you learn each of these elements, you will get illustrations and demonstrations of a variety of techniques that will help you produce not only strong and stable benchwork but quality craftsmanship and a professional looking product as well.

You’ll see principles put into action as we build the benchwork for a layout together.

In addition to your video instruction, you’ll get a helpful Class Guide PDF that you can print out use as a reference as you build your own layout benchwork.

NOTE: You’ll receive this Class video instruction in two forms: As on-demand streaming video (in your MRA Account); and as a physical DVD, mailed to you.

  • 7 Sessions
  • 1h 21m

Ron Marsh

Ron grew up on a farm between the mainlines of the Gulf Mobile & Ohio and Missouri Pacific Railroads in the 1970s. Thus he has been a rail fan for as long as he can remember. When he was in his mid-20s, Ron discovered the hobby of scale model railroading – a hobby he has loved ever since. Over the course of more than 20 years, Ron has built three layouts in N scale. He enjoys many facets of the hobby, but is especially fond of scenery building, structure building, and operations. Ron is a member of the National Model Railroad Association and the N Scale Enthusiast. He is also the producer of his own model railroad YouTube channel, a contributing editor for the Model Railroad Academy, and a regular columnist for the e-Magazine The Modeler’s Journal.

Printable Class Guide PDF

Download this Guide as a reminder of the key details you’ll see in the video instruction

Video: Meet Your Instructor

Download this short video to meet your class instructor, Ron Marsh

Bonus materials available after purchase

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