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Model Railroad Scenery, Step by Step

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Ideal for beginner, intermediate, and advanced modelers, Model Railroad Scenery, Step by Step includes 20 step‑by‑step projects on different aspects of creating realistic scenery.

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Features

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Continue your roads into the backdrop

Acrylic paints and a clever rise in the pavement blend roads into background photos
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Detail and weather an assembled structure

A simple factory-assembled model can be the centerpiece of an interesting scene
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Model a concrete lot with embedded rails

Styrene sheet makes this project quick and easy
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Build a highway overpass

A simple solution for crossing a busy railroad
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Model a scrapyard

This rail-served industry can fit in almost any small space on your layout
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Update a common water tower kit

Scratchbuilt details customize this Atlas model
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How to weather and string line poles

Adding this realistic trackside detail to your layout is easier than you think
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Disguise a tunnel entrance with trees

How to make a foliage canopy that conceals a turnback loop
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Meadows made easy

New techniques for modeling realistic ground cover
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From backdrop to blacktop

Tips and tricks for adding background buildings and small-town streets
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Conifers for all occasions

Options for modeling pine trees on a layout
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Build a dense forest

Combine two simple techniques for a great-looking eastern forest
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Clever ways to model rundown structures

Modeling techniques for achieving the dilapidated look
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How to detail your station scenes

A guide to realistic placement of figures, signs, and ancillary items
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Cast your own tunnel portal

Alabaster plaster and a homemade plastic form were the answer
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Good fences make good scenery

Wooden kits can help divide scenes and make cramped areas seem larger
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Modifying and painting figures

Add realism to your layout by varying its inhabitants
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Dig those ditches

How to model realistic-looking trackside drainage ditches
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How to make a distant tree line with scuff pads

A strip of inexpensive scuff pad helps blend layout scenery into a backdrop
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Build a backwoods scene for your layout

Turn a bland return loop into a scenic standout
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How to model modern roofs

3 easy techniques for making flat-roof model railroad structures that look more realistic
Layout Projects

Layout Projects

Tips and techniques for any layout

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