• 21:13

    Decaling is an excellent way to add realism and visual appeal to your model railroad boxcars, and it’s a relatively simple process that takes only a little bit of time and patience. When it comes to applying model railroad decals, you have a few different options depending on the level of detail you want to

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  • Building Sturdy Model Railroad Bridges
    26:30

    For those bridges that cover wide expanses, it’s important to the integrity of the railroad and the safety of your trains that you reinforce your structure to guarantee that it is sturdy enough to endure repeated use. Model railroad bridges are similar to the real things in that they must be first built solidly and

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  • 3:17

    Building a new model railroad landscape feature into an existing scene can present a difficult challenge for any modeler, but it can also be a fun little task if you know what you want to install and how to use the proper technique to make the new component fit properly. One such feature that can

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  • Making Model Railroad Scenery for Flat Areas
    28:09

    The best model railroad scenes utilize space well and maintain balance between buildings, tracks and landscape. Achieving proper balance in an expansive scene is important for both the overall aesthetic and the impact of each component of scenery included. For instance, if you place a single large factory at the curve of a track surrounded

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  • 16:23

    Mountain scenery can add a great deal of authenticity to your model railroad, especially when built with care and constructed realistically. For railroads such as modeler Doug Tagsold’s On3 scale recreation of D&RGW, model railroad mountains and rock faces are vital to the scene, as it is set in the rolling hills and high mountain

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  • How to Build Model Railroad Scenery with Beadboard Foam
    4:33

    When setting out to build model railroad scenery, there are a number of methods you can use to create the landscape that makes up your layout. For hillsides and mountains, modelers most often opt for wire mesh and plaster molding, but if you think this process takes too long or seems too messy for your

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  • 14:52

    Oftentimes when building a model railroad, it can be difficult to avoid flat, empty areas in your scene. Maybe the landscape upon which you’ve designed your layout is made up mostly of cornfields, or perhaps your train’s tracks pass through an industrial town without much other than a few buildings. For those straightaway stretches of

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  • Weathering Model Railroad Cars with Artist Oil Paints
    10:28

    Weathering the cars and structures on your model railroad can be a great way to quickly and easily add realism to any layout. Real railroads, after all, don’t look fresh from the box, so neither should your models. You can give your scene components an aged and weathered appearance in a number of different ways.

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  • 15:13

    For most things, sharp and new and freshly painted is a great thing. On a model railroad, you want the exact opposite. To make your model as realistic as possible, you want your trains to look used, dirty and weathered. After all, trains are meant to be beat up as they conquer the tough terrain

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