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Modeling realistic roads with decals

Computers transfer textures from street to model train layout.
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Paint is the usual method for applying color to a model. But patterned or textured surfaces such as brick walls, cinder-block foundations, and roadways can be challenging to represent with paint.

Fortunately, if the surface is relatively flat, another technique is viable. Digital photography, easy-to-use photo-editing software, and low-cost printers can create photo decals to represent these textures.

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