• 9:36

    Creating Realistic Aspen Trees with Martin Tarnrot

    In this Model Railroad Academy video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to make model trees, specifically Aspen trees. Aspen trees can be trickier to model because of their unique pattern and colors. Martin makes the trunk and branches from 0.03 inch thick steel wire. He starts the process by cutting 12 pieces of wire…

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  • 12:53

    Creating Asphalt Roads with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot demonstrates how he models asphalt roads for model railroad layouts. Though modeling asphalt may seem simple, with the right technique, it can elevate a railroad to the next level. The base Martin uses for his diorama is a two inch thick styrofoam. The actual road is made from a…

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  • 5:04

    Modeling Wooden Planks with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video lesson with Martin Tarnrot, learn how to model wooden planks for your model railroad layout. These wood planks can be adapted for any scale from N and upwards and are a good match for layouts set in the early days of lumber and saw mills. Martin uses one sixteenth of an inch…

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  • 16:17

    Scratch Building Tunnel Portals with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot demonstrates how he scratch builds tunnel portals for model railroad layouts. Martin uses two inch thick styrofoam to create his portals. Thin styrofoam sheets are also a good alternative if you don’t want to cut the foam yourself. To cut the foam, he uses a styrofoam cutter he…

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  • 4:41

    How to Ballast Fast and Easy with Martin Tarnrot

    In this free video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot shows you how to lay model railroad ballast fast and easy. He learned this method from a friend after he expressed how difficult and time consuming he found the process. The base material he will use is styrofoam and the track bed is Woodland Scenics ballast in…

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  • 3:44

    Modeling a Forest Hill with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how he models a forest hill without making any actual model railroad trees. Martin makes them smaller than they would normally be to enhance the forced perspective. To begin, Martin shows a forest that is close to where he lives. One can notice that there is a…

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  • 3:27

    How to Paint Realistic Rocks

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot is back with another video on improving model railroad scenery. In this video, Martin will demonstrate how to paint realistic rock sides, specifically those that have a lot of iron in them. The prototype is a rockside with streaks of reddish mineral iron. He begins by casting these rocksides with rubber molds…

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  • 4:49

    Creating a Traffic Control System with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will be talking about model railroad control systems, often referred to as computer control. He has drawn a simplified sketch of his view of a digitally controlled model railroad. On the lowest level are the engines, turnouts, and the signals. These devices are more or less just receivers of…

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  • 4:55

    Modeling Oak Trees with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video Martin Tarnrot demonstrates how to make model trees from scratch, specifically, a miniature oak tree. He pulls inspiration from the oak trees on Avery Island, which are excellent eye catchers for a layout. The trunk and branches are made from .07 millimeter steel wire. Martin cuts them into ten inch pieces, twisting…

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