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    Backdrops were the exception on model railroad layouts a half-century ago, but nowadays most layouts feature a painted backdrop of some sort to add realism, depth and conceal unwanted background features like walls, pipes and water tanks and softeners. In this video, Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shares some tips on selecting an appropriate material… Read more »

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    If you’re thinking about a good material to form the background to your layout, consider using masonite as a model railroad backdrop. Masonite is one of the most inexpensive and curvable materials to use, and Master Model Railroader, Gerry Leone, share some tips as to how he has mounted ⅛” masonite for model railroad backdrops…. Read more »

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    Those of us model railroaders who have urban scenes on our layouts are often dismayed at the high cost of buying building kits to create realistic scenes to fill vast spaces. Finding enough variety of building shapes and architectural styles is also problematic. Watch as Expert Modeler Tom Lund creates urban model railroad buildings at… Read more »

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    In a layout as large as his (25’ x 62’), painting clouds on a model railroad backdrop can seem a daunting task and, in fact, Bruce Carpenter had never painted a cloud only two years ago. But he shows MRA’s Allen Keller a quick and easy method he learned for creating realistic-looking clouds using inexpensive… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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    Designing and building the most realistic model railroad layout possible requires attention to detail and a huge amount of labor. From the backdrop to the timetable, every aspect of a worthwhile railroad should be meticulously thought through and executed. Some modelers believe a good railroad takes decades to finish, while others say it’s never truly… Read more »

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  • Tips for Painting Backdrops for Model Railroads
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    Nothing completes a model railroad quite like a well made backdrop. You can add a remarkable amount of realism to your model railroad layouts by setting the scene for a nice blue sky day with a room-brightening backdrop. To create your own illuminating backdrops for model railroads, all you’ll need are a few basic materials… Read more »

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  • Disguising Your Scenery-Backdrop Joint
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    Seamlessly blending your backdrop into your model railroad scene can be tricky at times. Tony Koester offers some helpful tips for blending streams, rivers and roads with the backdrop. To help avoid situation where the scene intersects the backdrop and forms a 90 degree angle, Tony recommends using a photo backdrop; buy them commercially or… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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