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Scenery And Terrain Tips & Tutorials

Tips, tutorials and guides to create 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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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

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. [...]

7 Steps To Laying Scatter + Help A Fellow Modeller

laying scatter
Mike M. emailed in recently with what seemed like an easy question. [...]

Make your own foliage

make your owln foliage
How a chance email revealed my new favourite way of making foliage and it's almost free. [...]

The Cheapest Technique For Making Model Trees

Making model trees for N and OO gauge model railways
I go full Blue Peter for this tip. [...]

Building Forests On A Budget

making model railway forest
I've just read about a great idea that I haven't seen before. It's from the book Scenic Modelling by John de Frayssinet and if you haven't got this book I [...]

How to make bushes

Shortly after publishing a recent article on making stone bridges I got a number of messages from modellers wanting to know more about the vegetation seen in [...]

Recycle for your railway — money saving ideas

using a old drinks straw for pipes on a model railway
I'm always on the prowl looking for ways to save money when building my model railways.  [...]

How to make your own trees, a new technique

make your own trees
I've covered making trees here before but I'm always on the look out for new techniques. I recently came across this approach and have been impressed by [...]

Cry me a river – layout update

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It's been a while since my last update on the layout so a quick progress report. [...]

Best Static grass applicator – which is best, applicators reviewed and rated for 2022

The Melin Llechi layout
Static grass, aka flocking, transforms a layout, model landscape or wargame scene but laying the stuff is a time hog and getting it to look right even more [...]

An awesome technique for quickly creating landscapes

A little technique for quickly making realistic landscapes from polystyrene foam. [...]

How to model water on your railway

How to model waves on a model railway
Rivers, streams, lakes and seas are something every model railway builder wants but notoriously difficult to get right. Until now. [...]

Making Your Own Engine Shed Ash

Hot on the heals of the previous post on making your own model railway grass, comes another tip from Stephen Fay, this time a low cost technique to making [...]

How to make your own grass

how to make your own grass
This is a short but great tip for making your own super-realistic grass by modeller Stephen Fay. [...]
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