• MRA 014039f_U0866U_c Finishing Models PREMIUM
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    Every seasoned modeler begins to accumulate various weathering techniques over time. Each modeler has different tips and tricks to offer. With numerous techniques and products available to weather buildings and trains, its just a matter of discovering what ones work best for you. Finishing Models C.J. Riley explored many weathering techniques while building the Kanawha

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  • MRA 014042f_U0869U_c Making Trees PREMIUM
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    In part seven of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, C.J. Riley offers a step-by-step tutorial on making trees. He demonstrates how to make them on one of his sheet foam ridges on his layout. In this video, he is in the middle of adding the trees to the particular section so he walks

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  • Creating Realistic Model Railway Trees
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    Allen Keller describes Dick Elwell’s scenery as “state of the art.” Unlike most modelers, Dick doesn’t use sawdust, zip texturing, ground foam, or poly-fiber to create model railway trees. He has advanced from these techniques and uses 90% wild oregano for the foliage on his Hoosac Valley model railroad layout. Creating Realistic Model Railway Trees

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  • Techniques for Creating Model Scenery with Hydrocal
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    There are multiple ways to create model scenery, but Dick Elwell swears by Hydrocal for his Hoosac Valley layout. Hydrocal is a mixture of plaster that hardens to create molds. It can be handy for making mountainous formations and other various model scenery. Dick believes it is a great product to use, but many people

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  • Tips on Detailing Model Railway Roads
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    All the scenic material used on the Hoosac Valley Railroad comes from Dick Elwell’s backyard. Using natural materials such as soil from the earth on your model railway roads enhances your layout and bring the realism to new levels. You can purchase materials from a craft store to create model railway roads, but why not

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    Dick Elwell’s childhood memories fuel his inspiration for scenes on the Hoosac Valley model railroad. Model railroad train inspiration can be extremely diverse. For example, some modelers find inspiration from traveling, others from dreams and some from other modelers. It’s clear that influence can come from an unlimited array of possibilities. Adding the Details to

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  • Model Train Scenery Plaster Techniques
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    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

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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

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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

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