The next level of modelling – is it real or a model?

Looking for ideas and inspiration for your modelling? Look no further than the models of Marcel Ackle, it’s hard to tell if you’re looking at a model or the real thing. His work has to be seen to be believed.

There are modellers and there are modellers and Marcel Ackle is one of the very best. If you haven’t seen his work zoom over to his website now and prepare to be amazed, inspired and frankly left in awe of his work.

I’m highlighted his work because there are so many ideas to be had from this master model makers’ work.

His attention to detail is incredible and borrowing of his ideas for a model railway will transform a layout. The oil can resting on a crate in this diorama, the dirty windows in his creation shown above or the moss growing on the damp parts of a wall in this house reconstruction are just some of the small little touches that make his works some of the best I’ve seen.

And it’s not just ideas to be had.

He also generously shares some of his techniques in a series of tutorials on his website, such as how he gets those amazing distressed wood and exposed brickwork looks. Just glancing through this 42 part series on how he made one of his buildings gave me enough tips and ideas to keep me busy for months and left me wanting to immediately revisit the buildings on my layout.

If you want to take your scenic modelling to the next level, visit his website now.

Picture, Marcel Ackle.

> 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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