• Disguising Your Scenery-Backdrop Joint

    Seamlessly blending your backdrop into your model railroad scene can be tricky at times. Tony Koester offers some helpful tips for blending streams, rivers and roads with the backdrop. To help avoid situation where the scene intersects the backdrop and forms a 90 degree angle, Tony recommends using a photo backdrop; buy them commercially or… Read more »

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  • Making Model Train Scenery Trees

    When it comes to making scenery for your model railroad layout, sometimes the simplest techniques are the most effective. Especially for forested areas, you can fill a ton of space on your layout without much effort by creating basic model railroad scenery trees that are inexpensive and look highly realistic. On Tony Koester’s HO model… Read more »

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  • Building Model Railroad Tunnels

    There are certain elements and structures on a model railroad that can be more daunting to create than others. You know, the features on the layout that make you groan and say, “I guess today’s the day I do that part.” Model railroad tunnels are one example of a feature that most modelers will save… Read more »

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    When it comes to painting and decorating the landscape and scenery on your model railroad layout, there are a wide variety of techniques you can use to create the aesthetic you desire. Whether plaster and latex or styrene and watercolor, the choices are seemingly endless. On David Barrow’s HO scale layout of Cat Mountain &… Read more »

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  • Using Flat HO Scale Scenery to Your Advantage

    If you’ve ever visited Kansas, you know that the largely flat but sometimes hilly terrain of the state’s open country can seemingly roll on forever. For model railroaders, it can be difficult to accurately depict this region’s terrain with HO scale scenery while maintaining a viewer’s interest. For a good example of HO scale scenery… Read more »

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  • 3 Scenery Tools

    When it comes to spreading small pieces of landscape on your model railway layouts, few tools are more apt for the job than your fingers. You can quickly spread large amounts of ground foam, dirt and sand onto your layouts without much trouble, and end up with fairly realistic looking scenery. However, while you can… Read more »

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  • Creating a River with Plaster

    Adding a well constructed river into your model railroad landscapes can help turn an impressive scene into a remarkable scene. Generally, when modelers build a river into their scene, they opt for the usual technique of using resin and materials like EnviroTex. However, this method isn’t necessarily always worth the time and effort it takes,… Read more »

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  • Technique: Creating Quick Trees

    The process of creating clusters of trees for your model railroad landscape scenery doesn’t have to be painstaking; in fact, it can actually be enjoyable if you use the proper methods. With the right techniques, you can build an entire wooded area of Aspens and other deciduous trees in just a few hours. In this… Read more »

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    When creating landscape scenery for your model railroad layouts, the goal should always be realism, i.e. using objects that appear as lifelike as possible. To capture a scene that is most realistic, modelers generally utilize scratch-built or commercial elements, or, in some cases, the real things themselves. For model railroad scenery trees, the latter is… Read more »

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