• 6:49

    Picking the Best Model Railroad Roadbed for Your Layout

    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…

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  • 7:44

    Choosing Model Railroad Ballast with Texture

    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…

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  • 5:14

    Creating Weeds for Your Model Railroad Scenery

    Weeds are an important part of having an authentic and creative model railroad layout. In this video, Allen Keller teaches you a fun technique for creating weeds for your model railroad scenery using fake fur. Fake fur is pretty easy to find at any craft store and usually is available in big sheets. Go through…

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  • 6:27

    George Sellios on Superdetailing and Planning a Layout

    The term superdetailing is often attributed to those model railroad layouts that go above and beyond when it comes to adding detail to scenery and landscapes. Some of our favorite railroads have elements that can only be discovered and truly appreciated by searching and spending the time to look at every inch of the layout.…

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  • 2:47

    George Sellios on Creating a Harbor Scene for a Layout

    There are a number of different ways to create water scenes on a model railroad layout. Depending on the unique specifications and scenario of your layout, you could utilize various materials, methods and colors to achieve a realistic waterway. In the case of the busy industrial harbor in George Sellios’s HO scale layout of Franklin…

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  • 3:39

    George Sellios On Scenery Techniques for an Urban Layout

    All model railroaders have their own preferences for how they like to build and detail the scenery on their model railroad layout. From the structures to the trees and everything in between, the choice is yours as to how you want your finished layout to look. That’s one of the greatest aspects of model railroading,…

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  • 5:58

    Creating Model Railroad Streets and Fences

    You can almost never add too much detail to your model railroad layout. If it appears in large scale, chances are it stands to appear in miniature scale. This theory applies to urban settings on a layout, where attention to detail is more than just appreciated, it’s admired. When it comes to creating cityscapes, there…

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  • Casting Rock Structures
    9:04

    Casting Rock Structures

    Adding rock structures to your layout is a great way to have fun with the scenery while also adding some great detail. What’s the best part about creating these structures? There’s no science to it! In this segment, you will learn how to create realistic looking rock structures by using just a few simple supplies.…

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  • Disguising Your Scenery-Backdrop Joint
    10:02

    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…

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