An awesome technique for quickly creating landscapes

creating landscapes for model railwaysA little technique for quickly making realistic landscapes from polystyrene foam.

Realistic landscapes in model railway HO, OO and N scales can be time consuming to create and difficult to get right using normal modelling techniques.

Until now.

Here’s a simple technique to quickly create landscapes using no more than Polystyrene foam board and a blow torch.

A word of warning however, Polystyrene foam when heated in this manner produces some nasty chemicals and smoke so do this outdoors or in a very well ventilated room.

If your a working with Polystyrene form, you’ll probably find my post on glues for Polystyrene foam useful. Both posts are part of my collection of guides on building model railways which includes hundreds of tips and guides on all aspects of the hobby.

Have fun!

> A final, personal, note: I spend a huge amount of time testing, photographing, writing and researching techniques for these articles and pay for all the running costs of MRE out of my own pocket. If you found this article useful you can support me by making a donation on my fund-raising page. Thanks and happy modelling, Andy.
Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.

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