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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

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. [...]

Small Scenic Suggestions, No 1: Caves

While trains are the centre of attention on my railways it's small scenery surrounding the track action that I most enjoy making. They lend legitimacy to a [...]

Creating Outstandingly Realistic Model Railway Scenery

This is perhaps my favourite tip of the year! It's a simply brilliant way to create outstandingly realistic walls, tunnel entrances and bridges for model [...]

Grass — Everything You Need To Know

Grass fields add life and realism to your railway, as seen in this photo of Miniature Wunderland in Germany.[/caption]If you want to bring your model railway [...]

The Best Of Both – How To Lay Grass Mats With The Realism Of Static Grass

Want to quickly add grass to large areas of your railway using grass mats AND get the realism of scenic grass without the cost?  [...]

How To Make Your Own Grass Tufts

Static grass tufts
Looking for cheap grass tufts? Here's an easy DIY method to produce your own. [...]

Make Your Own Tree Stumps And For Free!

Twiggs to be used for making model tree stumps
Take a look at any railway banks, you'll see stumps and branches where trees have been cut back to prevent damage to passing trains and prevent falling [...]

How to make model railway hills – 5 steps from model making gurus

How to build model hills for your railway, the definitive guide. [...]

We’re Going To Need A Bigger Room – Monday Model Railway Factoid #7

Model Railway Mountains
Struggling with Papier-mâché and plaster on your layout? Spare a thought for these model railway builders from Germany,California and New Jersey who build [...]

How to make N and OO gauge model hedges

How to make your own model railway hedges, picture of finished hedge
Using the pre-made commercial hedges on your model railway can be expensive. What if there was a way to get garden hedgerows for a few pounds. Here's how you [...]

Making a model river in 5 easy steps

photo of a model river.
Water is a key feature of our environment so it should naturally be a key feature on your model railway or diorama but creating a credible water look is [...]

The secret to applying static grass without breaking the bank

This tip is so obvious it's frequently overlooked yet it's possibly one of the most effective and certainly cheapest alternatives to off-the-shelf static grass [...]

How To Make Landscape Scatter Materials On A Budget – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip, #1

Coffee granules - budget dirt for model railway
If you're looking for soil, dirty or sand material for your landscape, park any thoughts of buying scatter materials and head to the kitchen with this weeks [...]

The Dirt Cheap Technique To Creating Ultra Realistic Rocks and Cliffs

Looking for a way to add rocks, mountains and cliff faces to your model railway. Looking to do it on a budget? Here's a dirt cheap technique to create [...]

How to make model trees on a budget

seafoam trees
Looking to build a model railway on a tight budget? Here's the first in a new series on making model railways when you're on a tight budget, starting with [...]

Why add trees to a model railway

If you want your layout to look authentic and lifelike there's a quick and easy tip you can use. [...]

How to make model trees

Look at any good model railway layout and you'll see trees. Here, in 5 five easy steps, is how to make your own trees out of objects from around your home. [...]