• Building Model Railroad Tunnels
    5:28

    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

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  • 5:30

    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 &

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  • Using Flat HO Scale Scenery to Your Advantage
    2:28

    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

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  • 3 Scenery Tools
    8:31

    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

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  • Creating a River with Plaster
    24:45

    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,

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  • Technique: Creating Quick Trees
    4:36

    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

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  • 8:18

    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

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  • Making Roads From Sheet Styrene
    11:12

    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

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  • Creating Urban Street Scenes
    7:27

    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

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