• Add Details - Windows
    7:27

    The final step in preparing to put together commercial kits of model train buildings is to add detail to the windows. There are a number of different ways you can dress up the windows in your model train buildings, and plenty of room for personalization. Whether you want to make your windows open for summertime

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  • Basics of Scrtch-building with Styrene
    14:16

    When most people hear the words “scratch-built”, they imagine countless hours spent in the workshop, dimensioning and cutting and painting and recutting and repainting, and so they tend to opt for buying commercial kits of model railroad buildings. But really, when you use the proper technique and don’t stress unnecessary details, kits can take as

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  • 18:25

    There are many benefits to constructing the buildings in your model railroad from scratch rather than going with commercial kits, one of which being scratchbuilt structures are highly customizable. When you choose to build from the ground up, you get to pick the way it looks, from the windows and doors to the roof and

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  • Scratchbuilding from Model Railroader Plans
    24:43

    Scratch-built model railroad structures make for an impressive alternative to the commercial kits that you can purchase at hobby shops and craft stores. When you create buildings and scene elements from the ground up, you guarantee both that your scene ends up looking exactly as you want it and that no one else will have

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  • Kitbashing Highlights and How-To
    6:39

    Commercial kits are an excellent alternative to scratch building components for your model railroad layouts. Hobby shops and craft stores sell a wide range of kits, from locomotives and rolling stock to urban buildings and farm structures. While these kits come perfectly prepared and ready to be installed into your scenes with just a bit

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  • Weathering Structures with Water Colors
    9:36

    When you look at some of the best model railroads built by experts, you’ll notice that they don’t usually feature buildings with clean white walls and elements fresh from their boxes. There is almost always some form of weathering, especially for scenes set in rural scenes or in past decades. That’s because weathering components of

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  • Modeling Rolled Roofing
    10:41

    Adding texture and realistic elements to a model railroad scene can be a fun and tricky challenge, especially when it comes to buildings and urban layouts. The realism doesn’t have to stop with scale billboards or window painting, there are tons of other components of a building that can be touched up and customize according

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  • Getting Started
    8:03

    Model train layout kits can be a modeler’s best friend. For scenes that involve an extensive downtown layout or maybe a variety of elements, building everything from scratch gets old pretty fast. Luckily, hobby shops and craft stores release more and more products by the day to help you remove some of the stress of

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  • Casting Your Own Molds
    17:49

    Building expansive model railroad scenes can become an expensive endeavor when you factor in the costs of all components. From buildings and locomotives to rolling stock and landscape elements, if you’re not careful the expenses of model railroading can put a hurting on your wallet. To save themselves a bit of cash, most expert modelers

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