Budgets are tight for many railway modellers at the moment, but we all want to get the very best results possible from our Model Railway endeavours and todays fantastic tutorial video shows us how to cut the costs dramatically when creating a realistic custom station platform for your layout. All you need is a scrap piece of suitable thickness MDF. Look in Ikea’s Bargain Corner for suitable pieces. You can often buy large sheets for under £1, saving you £’s over buying the plastic and resin versions from Hornby, Bachmann or Faller, particularly the Hornby Skaledale and Bachmann Scenecraft ranges. Whilst being very realistic, these products are indeed very costly, particularly if you need to assemble a large platform.
The method detailed here costs just a few pounds to make up an extremely large platform to suit any size and shape of layout of layout.
Materials Needed To Make Your Own Platform
- Sheet of suitable thickness MDF (1/2″ approx is about right for OO/HO gauge, 1/4″ for N Gauge).
- Panel Saw
- Jigsaw – Optional
- Grey wood primer
- Assorted Paints for detailing and weathering – Optional
- Suitable Paving & Brick Paper Textures for adding texture and realism.
What To Do
Follow this simple tutorial video which walks you through the step by step process for designing and building your own Model Railroad Layout platforms using MDF.
Recommended Suppliers & Resources
Try the following resources for materials for making your own platforms for your Model Railway Layout.
- MDF – Timber merchant, DIY store or Ikea
- Grey Wood Primer – DIY store
- Paving & Brick Paper Textures – Try Model Railway Scenery for download and print at home textures.