• Blending Commercial Grass Into Your Layout
    16:55

    So you want to build a desert model railroad scene, but you’re unsure how to attack the unorthodox terrain. When working with model railroad desert scenery, it can be challenging to create a realistic landscape that doesn’t require months to complete. That is, of course, unless you know how to utilize the proper materials to

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  • 4:01

    In most cases, when it comes to creating buildings for your model railroad scenes, the more weathered the scenery the more realistic it will appear. That’s because very few railroad towns feature polished train stations with freshly painted exteriors, but rather chipped siding and distressed coats. There are a variety of model railroad weathering techniques

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  • Adding Delicate Model Train Parts: Telephone Poles and Lines
    6:20

    The goal when building a model railroad should always be to make the scene appear as realistic as possible. Naturally, if your layout is modeled after an area with paved roads and homes with electricity, there are bound to be other signs of modern life–most notable among them telephone poles and lines. Some modelers tend

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  • 3:15

    When it comes to model railroad layouts, it’s the tiniest details that create realism and separate good scenes from remarkable ones. A customized sign here, a mini scene there–small touches make viewers focus in and pay attention to all that your scene has to offer. This fact applies especially to model railroad water scenes, where

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  • Adding Model Railroad Signs to Buildings
    8:54

    There are seemingly infinite ways to customize the layout and design of a model railroad scene, from track path to landscape and every aspect in between. And one such component of a scene ideal for improvisation according to available space and personal preferences in order to make the scene come to life is the visual

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  • 3:53

    When creating model railroad backdrops for horizontal scenes, the goal is to make the border between in-scene objects and the backdrop as seamless as possible, if not entirely invisible. In order to do so, most layouts require a bit of careful blending to take the viewer’s attention away from the fact that a border even

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  • Adding Depth and Dimension with Model Railroad Accessories
    10:57

    Next in our discussion of methods that add intrigue to a large horizontal portion of a model railroad, we look at ways to increase the dimension and depth of a scene. Previously, we showed you some of our favorite techniques for making small changes to the layout that improve spacing. Now, we’ll insert model railroad

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  • 4:26

    When you look at a model railroad scene built by an expert, you’ll notice that almost all spaces are filled with something that keeps the viewer’s attention and makes the scene appear realistic. You’ll rarely find gaps where nothing exists, unless the train is travelling through wide open expanses. However, in the case of an

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  • Adding Details to a Flat Model Train Layout
    14:12

    Certain model railroad scenes are bound to be flat and empty; not all portions of a railroad can have the bustling downtown or the narrow pass with the severe drop off. But just because a model train layout doesn’t have any towering mountains or expansive bridges doesn’t mean it has to be boring. You can

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