Want to know one simple step to take in structure building that will make your scenery come alive, and your work stand out as different from any others? It’s adding small details outside model railroad buildings that makes all the difference in the world. And as we see in this video tip from NMRA Master Model Railroader, Gerry Leone, it just takes a little extra time and effort to finish your structures, but it really pays dividends!
Trackside Model Train Building Modifications
Using a fairly generic trackside model train building which he scratchbuilt, before he places it on his layout, Gerry always plans on adding small external features to make the structure unique and come “alive.” Since the building will sit along the tracks, he decided a small loading dock would be appropriate below the boxcar freight doors on the backside. Using basswood stripwood, he scratchbuilt a small loading dock and what a difference it suddenly made. The model was no longer generic – it had a purpose. Now it’s time to add small details like barrels, pallets, boxes and crates to further “enliven the scene.”
Finally, using Woodland Scenics’ Accent Glue which allows repositioning with its tacky properties, Gerry selects a human figure and affixes it to the dock and the scene is complete -= and uniquely yours!
With very little time, effort and expenditure, adding small details to model railroad buildings can really make your scenes stand out and appear more realistic.
Here are more ideas for making model railroad buildings for your layout.