• 5:42

    Super Detailing the Office Shed

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot adds details to a standardized office shed. This is standard kit that you can buy. Martin hopes to inspire you to take similar buildings on your layout and add realistic details to them, which can be done without adding much cost or significant time. Let’s look at a few potential…

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  • 8:06

    Creating Water Surface Effects

    Martin Tärnrot shows how to create model railroad water surface effects, focusing on surface effects typically seen after motorboats, such as swells and turbulence. MATERIALS When creating model railroad water surface effects, a transparent gel is the base material. Martin uses a medium-strength gloss gel from Liquitex. It’s white when it comes out of the…

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  • 6:47

    Model Train Water Grasses: Making Cattails for Your Lakes

    If you’re fortunate enough to be finished with trackwork and basic scenery and are looking to add super-details to your layout, here’s a tip for a little-modeled aspect that your visitors will love to discover – cattails! They’re perfect for model train water or marshy areas adjacent to tracks and roads – and they’re easy…

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  • 14:04

    Creating Roads Using Joint Compound

    Unless your layout is unscenicked, we all have the need for building model railway roads. It’s one of the basic and most common modeling elements. In this video, watch modeler Jim Kelly build a small concrete road with a road crossing using joint compound on his layout. While Jim models in N Scale, the techniques…

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  • 1:05

    Ideas for Model Railway Bushes Grow on Trees!

    If you’re tired of spending your hard-earned money or your kids’ inheritance on your layout scenery, look no further than Mother Nature for an easy and inexpensive method of making model railway bushes! While they say “money doesn’t grow on trees,” lichen or fungus do – and they can be transformed into very realistic bushes…

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  • 5:24

    Creating Realistic Stone Walls on Your Layout

    As with all other scenery components on a layout, weathering the walls of your structures is highly important for adding realism and intrigue to your model railroad. Many real railroads feature buildings, tunnels and other structures in towns and along the tracks that were constructed from stone and concrete, so it’s only natural that some…

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  • 9:22

    Jack Burgess on Scratch-Building Scenery Components

    Master modeler Jack Burgess is renowned across the world for his remarkably realistic scale duplication of Yosemite Valley Railway. Thanks to its historical accuracy and scratchbuilt scenery components, Jack’s layout of the California railroad at its heyday in August, 1939 has been featured in model railroad publications countless times since its inception. To get a…

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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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  • Operations on the Bluff City Southern
    9:47

    Operations on the Bluff City Southern

    Go back in time with a trip into the railroading past! In this video, get an in-depth view of the Bluff City Southern in full operation. See and hear this train station as it was back in the 1950’s. You’ll experience in fine detail an engine pull into the station and drop off a car…

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