• 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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    When creating model railroad backdrops for horizontal scenes, the goal is to make the border between in-scene objects and the backdrop as seamless as possible, if not entirely invisible. In order to do so, most layouts require a bit of careful blending to take the viewer’s attention away from the fact that a border even… Read more »

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  • Adding Depth and Dimension with Model Railroad Accessories

    Next in our discussion of methods that add intrigue to a large horizontal portion of a model railroad, we look at ways to increase the dimension and depth of a scene. Previously, we showed you some of our favorite techniques for making small changes to the layout that improve spacing. Now, we’ll insert model railroad… Read more »

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    When you look at a model railroad scene built by an expert, you’ll notice that almost all spaces are filled with something that keeps the viewer’s attention and makes the scene appear realistic. You’ll rarely find gaps where nothing exists, unless the train is travelling through wide open expanses. However, in the case of an… Read more »

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  • Adding Details to a Flat Model Train Layout

    Certain model railroad scenes are bound to be flat and empty; not all portions of a railroad can have the bustling downtown or the narrow pass with the severe drop off. But just because a model train layout doesn’t have any towering mountains or expansive bridges doesn’t mean it has to be boring. You can… Read more »

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