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How To Make Low Cost Platforms For Your Model Railway Layout | Model Railway Hints, Tips, How To Articles and Reviews at Model Trains Online

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

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.

 

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One Response to How To Make Low Cost Platforms For Your Model Railway Layout

  1. Ray Wilson says:

    I’m afraid this video misses out a few steps: like making a template of paper or card to get the curve right allowing for carriage/loco overhang. The platform is dead square to the wall face – real platforms have a paved edge with an overhang (or several). The basic platform would be better finished off with some heavy card glued to the top. To be honest it would be easier to make the platform from either balsa or card.
    Sorry, but not for me.
    R. Wilson

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