• Weathering Structures with Water Colors

    How to Weather Model Trains with Watercolors

    When you look at some of the best model railroads built by experts, you’ll notice that they don’t usually feature buildings with clean white walls and elements fresh from their boxes. There is almost always some form of weathering, especially for scenes set in rural scenes or in past decades. That’s because weathering components of…

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  • Getting Started

    Preparing Model Train Layout Kits for Assembly

    Model train layout kits can be a modeler’s best friend. For scenes that involve an extensive downtown layout or maybe a variety of elements, building everything from scratch gets old pretty fast. Luckily, hobby shops and craft stores release more and more products by the day to help you remove some of the stress of…

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    Bringing Layouts to Life with Detailed Modeling

    Model railroading is largely dependent upon the amount of effort and patience you are willing to show a layout. If you take the time to add small details that give touches of realism to your scenes, those scenes are going to come to life and grab and hold a viewer’s attention. With that in mind,…

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  • Adding Depth and Dimension with Model Railroad Accessories

    Adding Depth and Dimension with Model Railroad Accessories

    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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    Model Railroad Scenery Techniques: Creating Vegetation

    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

    Adding Details to a Flat Model Train Layout

    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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    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

    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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    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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