Make. Paint. Build: Tips and tutorials for model train enthusiasts, modellers and miniature painters.

Scenery And Terrain Tips & Tutorials

Tips, tutorials and guides to create stunning rivers, ponds, hills, valleys, fields, trees and bushes for model railways, war games and dioramas.

Subtopics: Model water | Hills | Rocks & cliff faces | Trees | Static Grass & Scatter

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How wide are UK roads in OO and N gauge

Road widths for model railways
If your layout features roads you'll want accurate widths for them, why go to all the trouble of making wonderful looking track and scenery only to ruin it [...]

Make your own ground foam

Ground foam made in a blender
Making your own ground foam for scenery is fun, much cheaper than buying the commercial stuff and gives your more flexibility in your scenery. But [...]

The definitive guide to making model scenery

So you've laid the track and have your trains running merrily around. Great work! Brunel and Stephenson would be proud. But now what? How do you make that [...]

How to make rock faces

how to make model cliffs and rock faces
Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques, some practice and a bit of time anyone can do [...]

How to make a Christmas scene

how to make a christmas diorama model with a train
'Tis the season to be jolly and what better to wake up to on Christmas morning than a snow-covered model railway display. How's how Santa makes his. [...]

How to recreate sunburnt fields

Do something different with your model railway scenery and landscape and create a summer heat wave in miniature. [...]

Add cropmarks to your fields and add novelty and realism to your layout: sunday scribbles

cropmark model railway
Here's a quick little tip to add realism and uniqueness to your layout. [...]

How to make scenic cement: my foolproof 3 part recipe for the best ground cover

There's a lot of misunderstanding around scenic glue but it's surprisingly simple once you know how to make it. [...]

The best paper mache (papier-mâché) recipe for model hills and mountains

Here's my trusted recipe for papier-mâché, sometimes spelt paper mache, that I use for landscape building on my model train layouts, railways and wargaming [...]

A rake for your static grass, Sunday Scribbles

This is a silly little tool-tip, but one I find myself using a lot since discovering it. [...]

Creating landscapes, tips from Constable

model railway engineer backscene
John Constable is one of England's most famous and greatest painters. Here's what we can learn from this master landscape artist to create your own beautiful [...]

What is a static grass applicator

What is a static grass applicator and what does it do? Read the answer here in the Internet’s largest glossary for model railways. [...]

So the scenery starts: £35 project update

dock £35 model railway
Since my last update, things have developed with the project; the dock has water; dock side & walls have been made and the track laid. [...]

Legendary railway modeller John H. Ahern’s advice on the best material for landscaping

Looking for the best material for landscape modelling? Here's what one of the legends of model railway building used. [...]

What’s the cheapest way to make wonderful water for your models

model railway water
What is the cheapest way to make a beautiful river, pond, lake or sea for your models? You might be surprised. [...]

A quick tip from the school of the blindingly obvious

scatter model railway wargames tip
If you lay your scatter, as I do, by sprinkling the stuff from your fingers you'll love - or perhaps hate - this tip. [...]

How to make your own scatter & why I’ll never buy scatter material again

How to make your own scatter
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again. [...]

A master class in static grass (creating slopes)

Static Grass Tutorial
Static grass makes a world of difference to a model landscape but getting it right on slopes is more involved than you might think. [...]

How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene

Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials. [...]

How I Now Make My Own Plaster Cloth For Hills, Tunnels and Landscapes

How to make your own plaster cloth
I'm a huge fan of plaster cloth. It's messy, it works and it's super satisfying but it also costs. Until now. [...]
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