• Making Roads From Sheet Styrene

    In the mid-20th century, most roads and highways in the United States were built from large concrete squares and ascribed with expansion joints to prevent cracking. These roads often abutted and ran across railroads, so it makes sense that they ought to be included in N scale model railroad layouts, or any other scale for… Read more »

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  • Creating Urban Street Scenes

    When it comes to creating an urban model railway road surface, the technique is a little bit different than the one you would use to construct a rural road. There are a few components that are featured in an urban road that require some simple techniques to make the model railway road surface appear as… Read more »

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    God is in the details. This old mantra stands especially true for model railroading, which is largely dependent upon the amount of effort and patience you are willing to show a layout. If you take the time to add small details that give touches of realism to your scenes, those scenes are going to come… Read more »

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  • Enhancing your Layout with Lighting

    A well lit model train layout can appear highly realistic and stunning to the eye, whereas a poorly lit layout can look toy-like and clearly artificial. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to use proper model train lighting to enhance the realism and visual appeal of your layouts and keep your viewers fully engaged…. Read more »

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  • Using Dirt On Your Layout

    When it comes to adding natural elements to your model railroad scenery, there’s nothing better for achieving realism than using the real thing. This is especially true for dirt–you can recreate its likeness with brown paint, but it clearly doesn’t feel the same without the texture of actual particulates. Plus, getting real dirt is simple;… Read more »

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    For those wide open areas on your model railroad layouts, a little bit of foliage can go a long way to adding intrigue and realism to scenery. There are a number of different methods you can use to create the illusion of real model railroad scenery grass, and one of our favorites involves commercial sheets… Read more »

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  • Blending Commercial Grass Into Your Layout

    So you want to build a desert model railroad scene, but you’re unsure how to attack the unorthodox terrain. When working with model railroad desert scenery, it can be challenging to create a realistic landscape that doesn’t require months to complete. That is, of course, unless you know how to utilize the proper materials to… Read more »

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  • Adding Delicate Model Train Parts: Telephone Poles and Lines

    The goal when building a model railroad should always be to make the scene appear as realistic as possible. Naturally, if your layout is modeled after an area with paved roads and homes with electricity, there are bound to be other signs of modern life–most notable among them telephone poles and lines. Some modelers tend… Read more »

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    When it comes to model railroad layouts, it’s the tiniest details that create realism and separate good scenes from remarkable ones. A customized sign here, a mini scene there–small touches make viewers focus in and pay attention to all that your scene has to offer. This fact applies especially to model railroad water scenes, where… Read more »

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