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Detailing a Model Railroad Yard Scene

Detailing a Model Railroad Yard Scene

Scenes need to look realistic in order to be credible. See how to achieve this with a few details along with items from the parts box....

Styrofoam Scenery

Create your landscape with materials that come free with items bought on-line. Here's how I used it combined with other techniques and products....

Tricks for Tracks – Super Tree Material

Keep the branch structure of super tree material free of leaves by rolling the trees in a shallow pan of glue mixture rather than dunking the entire tree. Then pour the leaf material over the tree. The exterior of the tree will hold the leaf material and the inner branch structure wil...
Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 6

WGH Video: Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 6

This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, teaches you simple how-to techniques to take an HO scale electric train set and make it a scenic model railroad. This episode discusses scenery techniques....
Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 7

WGH Video: Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 7

This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, teaches you simple how-to techniques to take an HO scale electric train set and make it a scenic model railroad. This episode discusses additional scenery topics....

Easy Trees for the Backdrop

For those with limited painting skills, applying trees to the backdrop to transition from three-dimensional to two-dimensional scenery can be daunting. With the judicious application of scissors to sponges, simple shapes may be created to allow you to stamp trees onto your backdrop....
Building City Streets Using Walthers Cornerstone Street Systems

Building City Streets Using Walthers Cornerstone Street Systems

Techniques for modeling concrete, brick and asphalt streets, and concrete grade crossings, on your model railroad layout with the Walthers Cornerstone street system....

Getting Down to Details – Mailboxes

Some years ago I wrote a brief piece for The RPO relating information I had picked up at a national convention. It focused on making sure that details on the layout fit the time frame modeled, and gave approximate times that hay stacks went from stack or square bales to rolled, or whe...
Painting Figures on the Saint Louis Central 2002

Tips and Techniques for Painting Figures

The figures on the History Museum project are from a kit of 120 unpainted figures. Figures can be purchased already painted, but are often very costly ($1 to $3 each). I prefer to purchase the unpainted, which come in several kits: trades people, passengers, drivers, pedestrians, etc....
Impressive steel trestle on the new C&RM model railroad.

The Colorful Scenery of the C&RM Railroad

Well, are you getting “snow blind” yet from all those white rocks that you have made since my article about rock casting? Don’t you think it is about time to add some color? Adding a little color will bring the rock castings to life. The colors add shadows and highli...
Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Article & photo by Tom Troughton, MMR How many times have you entered a fellow model railroader’s train room to be awe struck at the magnificent layout before your eyes. There’re several hundred feet of meticulously constructed hand laid track, on tie plates even, trac...
Hardshell In A Hurry

Hardshell In A Hurry

Photo by Kevin Hampton If you’re using Hydrocal as the base shell for scenery, there’s a quick way to cover a large area in a hurry. After putting down whatever you use to set the basic elevations for scenery, use Hydrocal soaked cloth instead of paper towels, newspaper or paper bags....