As with all other scenery components on a layout, weathering the walls of your structures is highly important for adding realism and intrigue to your model railroad. Many real railroads feature buildings, tunnels and other structures in towns and along the tracks that were constructed from stone and concrete, so it’s only natural that some of the structures on a scale railroad should be built with similar materials. And creating realistic stone and concrete walls for the structures on your layout is a fairly simple process that only requires basic weathering tools and a bit of time.
In this lesson, expert modeler Mike Tylick teaches you how to use styrene, gesso and paints to build concrete walls that can be utilized throughout your layout, from tunnel portals to small railside buildings. You’ll learn how to add texture to your styrene walls to give the appearance of stucco and stone, and highlight the walls with watercolors to demonstrate age through rust and dirt. Take advantage of these expert methods to make the walls on your model railroad structures look more lifelike and interesting!