• 3:17

    Building a Model Railroad Bridge into an Existing Scene

    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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  • How to Build Model Railroad Scenery with Beadboard Foam
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    How to Build Model Railroad Scenery with Beadboard Foam

    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

    Tips for Building a Model Railroad: Minimizing Spaces

    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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  • 1:40

    How to Make a Model Railroad Road Disappear

    One of the greatest tools of the model railroader is forced perspective. The illusions you can create with proper scaling and the right angles are seemingly endless, and these illusions can often be essential for a realistic model depending on the scene and space constraints with which you are working. An important illusion that expert…

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  • 1:04

    Hide a Hole in Your Model Railroad Backdrop

    Oftentimes, holes and gaps in a model railroad backdrop are essential in order to have a train end up somewhere else in the scene. These holes in a structure help give it more depth and add to the aesthetic appeal and realistic nature of your model. However, when left exposed they can have the opposite…

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  • 4:41

    Build Model Railroad Scenery for Depth and Realism

    Here’s some great news for all you artistically challenged builders out there: adding realistic backdrops to your model railroad doesn’t require a degree in the arts or a great eye for detail. You no longer need craft lessons or expensive equipment to build model railroad scenery; thanks to photo-editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop, adding…

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  • 1:55

    Introducing Bob Hayden’s C&DR Railway

    Travel the lumber-hauling tracks of Carrabasset and Dead River Railway as they existed in 1941 with Bob Hayden’s remarkably executed HO scale model. In this behind-the-scenes tour of Bob’s C&DR Railway, host Allen Keller shows you around the small towns and breathtaking landscapes that made up 20th-century Maine. You’ll enjoy a closeup look at some…

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  • Making Removeable Model Railroad Structures
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    Making Removable Model Railroad Structures

    Cleaning and maintaining your model railroad layout can be a long and painstaking process, especially when it comes to those tight corners and smaller objects. Dust, dirt and grime build up over time, and if you want to keep your layout in tiptop shape without losing your patience, it’s important to find ways to ease…

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  • 4:01

    Model Railroad Weathering Tips for Stock and Structures

    As Bob Hayden puts it, you can spend as much time and energy as you want trying to wear down and finetune the components on your model railroad, but more often than not, it’s paint that’s going to give you that aged and worn out appearance you’re after. Experienced modelers like to utilize different kinds…

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