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    Matt Snell’s earliest interests in northern New Jersey railroading began as a railfan in the early 1980s. When he started his model railroad layout planning, he turned to what he most familiar with – Conrail New Jersey in the 1980s, and modeling the gritty industrial areas of north Jersey. In Part 4, Allen Keller discovers… Read more »

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    If you’re looking for one single, easily added detail that can take your layout to the next level of realism – think signage! In the next in his video series on the Conrail New Jersey, Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller finds out from builder, Matt Snell, how easy it is to make model railway signs…. Read more »

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    Want to know one simple step to take in structure building that will make your scenery come alive, and your work stand out as different from any others? It’s adding small details outside model railroad buildings that makes all the difference in the world. And as we see in this video tip from NMRA Master… Read more »

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    Most model railroaders aren’t blessed with enough space to model a whole three-dimensional city. So, building a model railroad means making a series of comprises. Expert modeler Tom Lund shares some tips for creating the illusion of a large city in a compressed space using building flats – or flat buildings. And best of all,… Read more »

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    If you’re fortunate enough to be finished with trackwork and basic scenery and are looking to add super-details to your layout, here’s a tip for a little-modeled aspect that your visitors will love to discover – cattails! They’re perfect for model train water or marshy areas adjacent to tracks and roads – and they’re easy… Read more »

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    As well-known as it is for its operations-aspect, Lee Nicholas’ Utah Colorado Western railroad has a national reputation for spectacular scenery. In this segment with Great Model Railroad’s Allen Keller, UCW’s resident- scenery expert, Kelly Newton, demonstrates the techniques used to achieve such realistic and believable effects using model railroad plaster. The secrets and tips… Read more »

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    As we’ve seen in an earlier clip, the scenery on Ray and Renee Grosser’s large Soo Line layout features very lifelike scenery, and one of the most notable aspects are the model railroad trees which number in the hundreds. Each has been handcrafted by Renee, and she shares her secrets to making convincing deciduous trees… Read more »

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    Unless your layout is unscenicked, we all have the need for building model railway roads. It’s one of the basic and most common modeling elements. In this video, watch modeler Jim Kelly build a small concrete road with a road crossing using joint compound on his layout. While Jim models in N Scale, the techniques… Read more »

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    If you’re tired of spending your hard-earned money or your kids’ inheritance on your layout scenery, look no further than Mother Nature for an easy and inexpensive method of making model railway bushes! While they say “money doesn’t grow on trees,” lichen or fungus do – and they can be transformed into very realistic bushes… Read more »

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