• 8:49

    HVAC: Adding Realism to Background Buildings

    MRA Contributor Martin Tärnrot makes a flat background building look more realistic by adding weathering effects and a rooftop-mounted HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system that he 3D prints. The building is a warehouse. FIRST STEPS Before tackling the HVAC system, Martin adds grout between the tiles on the lower half of the warehouse building…

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  • 7:08

    Weathering Plastic Buildings Easily

    Martin Tärnrot demonstrates how to enhance the appearance of ready-made plastic buildings. At swap meets, markets, and on eBay, you can buy pre-built plastic kits at a low cost compared to buying the kits and building them yourself. But many of these have two problems: too much glue, and they are not painted. With a…

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  • 5:04

    How to Weather Model Train Hoppers

    The Utah Midland has over one hundred hoppers on the layout. Al Lindop describes the biggest problem with hoppers as being his tendency to decal or buy ones that don’t belong on the road. For that reason, Al struggles to stick to the few railroads that would normally be represented. The hardest part for him…

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