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7 More Tips For Great Looking Model Railway Scenery | Model Railway Hints, Tips, How To Articles and Reviews at Model Trains Online

Following on from Yesterdays installment, I’ve compile another list of quick tips for creating great looking scenery on a budget. So here we go with todays tips!

Model Vehicles Add Instant Realism. Photo by BLW Photography

  1. Don’t forget to add road vehicles to your layout. Many diecast toy manufacturers produce high quality vehicles at pocket-money prices. Check out Cararama for a superb range of 1:87 (HO) scale cars which can be used to great effect on OO gauge layouts. Whatever your scale though, there are some superb models around from both Model Railway and toy manufacturers. It’s well worth doing as they’ll really add realism to your layout.
  2. Don’t forget to weather your figures. Particularly industrial workers, track maintenance gangs etc. Using a dark brown shade will really bring out the  creases and cavities in the model giving it a much more realistic appearance.
  3. Be careful when building scenery as it can be a very messy business. Don’t forget to protect your surrounding area when you’re working! It can save a lot of expense on new carpets etc in the long run.
  4. If you’re modelling a road, don’t just paint a black line. Use a pale grey colour with a hint of brown mixed in, or use a downloadable asphalt texture sheet that you can print off and weather to your liking. Don’t forget to include darker patches to mimic repairs etc too.
  5. Adding linings to the insides of tunnels can make a massive difference to the appearance of your model railway. Use flexible embossed plastikard which you can then roll to match the shape of the tunnel, or use a downloadable Brick paper texture from Model Railway Scenery which you can print out on to card and weather to your requirements.
  6. Always resist placing tracks too close to the front of the baseboard. This will help reduce the risk of de-railed trains crashing onto the floor, and you’ll be able to photograph your layout without seeing unsightly board edges.
  7. Add concrete hard standing areas with either a concrete paving texture sheet or by laying thick mounting card over your baseboard. Draw out the segments by pressing hard onto the card with a sharp pencil. Then add weathering and discolouration with an airbrush or suitable weathering powders.

Keep an eye open for more Model Railway Scenery hints and tips over the coming weeks!

Don’t forget, if you have any suggestions, tips or questions you’d like to ask or share with other readers, please feel free to post them in he comments below!

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