• Model Train Scenery Plaster Techniques

    Model train scenery plaster is a useful product to utilize if you are looking to add mountainous terrain to your layout. There are many types of model plasters and several techniques for putting them to use. In this video, modeler Jim Eudaly highlights the best products to use and demonstrates specifically how to use the… Read more »

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    Jim Hertzog had no choice but to master concrete model train roads for his Reading Railroad layout as they are typical of Pennsylvania. Concrete can be tricky to recreate as its subject to cracking and breaking over a period of time. Jim has developed a simple method of creating concrete roads by using styrene and… Read more »

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    Jim Hertzog’s Reading model railroad layout is built on narrow shelves of about 12-16 inches, meaning the seams are fairly shallow. He developed a way to avoid running into scenic issues while working with limited horizontal shelf space. Because Pennsylvania has a very mountainous terrain, Jim was able to work vertically with the model foliage… Read more »

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  • Making Trees for Model Railways: Techniques for Your Layout

    Model scenery begins to appear realistic with the integration of foliage. It brings dimension and detail to a model railroad layout. With such importance, making trees for model railways can be a tedious step in your designing process. Typical railway scenes require vast amounts of greenery. The process can be especially exhausting if you are… Read more »

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    George Sellios is notorious for the eye catching model railroad scenes in his Franklin and South Manchester layout. Look closely and you will find city folk scattered all around. Scenes of fishermen, window-shoppers, farmers, policemen, and pedestrians bring the layout to life. Incorporating accessories into trackside scenes does an incredible job of transforming your layout… Read more »

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  • Model Railroad Layouts and Scenery

    Flatland or prairie railroading can be challenging when it comes to blending scenery into the backdrop. A mountainous layout is much easier to hide the interception, but there are a few methods to blend the joint in a flatland layout. Allen Keller shares two distinctive ways to blend your model railroad layouts and scenery. Blending… Read more »

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  • Model Railroad Tips

    Enhancing the quality of your model railroad layout doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are various common household items that can transform the overall look of your design. NMRA Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shares four of his favorite model railroad tips that require few resources but ultimately produce significant upgrades to… Read more »

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  • Model Railroad Scenery Techniques

    As many model railroaders know, blending water into the backdrop can be challenging. In this video, expert modeler Tom Lund shares some of his model railroad scenery techniques for blending scenery into the backdrop with rocks, trees and water on his Lake Superior layout. Painting model railroad backdrops that blend seamlessly When building realistic model… Read more »

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    In this segment, George Sellios says adding large model railroad mountains to a scenery can be challenging, but ends up being visually beneficial to the overall layout. Watch as George demonstrates his unique technique for constructing large mountains and the reasons he uses this method. Find out what materials are needed and tools to use… Read more »

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