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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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  • MRA 010526f_U0169U_c
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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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  • 011388f_U0729u_c-Inexpensive Scenery Idea-Using Fungus-2
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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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  • 010545f_U0188U_c-Building Assembly
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    Have you ever been on a layout tour and been just a bit underwhelmed with the way the model railroad buildings appeared? Even if the painting and weathering look good, you can’t quite put your finger on it, but something looks, well – off. The walls don’t quite look square which leads to a cattywampus… Read more »

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    As with all other scenery components on a layout, weathering the walls of your structures is highly important for adding realism and intrigue to your model railroad. Many real railroads feature buildings, tunnels and other structures in towns and along the tracks that were constructed from stone and concrete, so it’s only natural that some… Read more »

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    Every modeler has their own preferences for how they like to weather the components on their model railroad layouts. For some it’s paints and chalks, for other it’s knifework and sanding. Whatever you choose, the fact is, weathering is an essential aspect of creating a realistic layout. One weathering technique that often goes underutilized is… Read more »

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    As with all components on a model railroad, the stuff that goes under the tracks is highly important for the functionality and appearance of your layout. From the framework to the subroadbed to the ballast, each component serves an essential purpose toward making a realistic and effective railroad. This is especially true for the model… Read more »

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    In large scale and small, ballast is a vital component for a successful railroad. Good, uniform ballast on a full-scale railroad helps secure ties and keep them dry from the elements. On a model railroad, ballast serves to add realism and depth to your scene (when done correctly). When it comes to selecting model railroad… Read more »

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