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Scenery Tips & Tutorials

Create stunning rivers, hills, fields, trees and bushes for your diorama’s and model railways with these free tips from the multi-award winning model train blog.

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The Definitive Guide To Making Model Scenery: 4,800 words on rivers, hills, lakes, fields and rock faces

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 [...]

The City on the Edge of Forever

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No, this isn't about a StarTrek themed model railway - how cool would that be! - but a quick tip on how to stop views into a different time and space from [...]

Summer Heatwave: How to recreate the tortured sunburnt fields of 2018 in model form

Do something different with your model railway scenery and landscape and create the 2018 summer heat wave in miniature. [...]

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

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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. [...]

Camouflaging Curves – how to obscure artifical looking curves

Glyn Valley Tramway Railway
Curves and bends make model railways more fun and allow continuous running but they come with a problem. [...]

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. [...]

Make your own foliage

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

Erecting Embankments

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Embankments? building? "Oh come!" I can hear you cry, what's difficult about that? [...]

Building Forests On A Budget

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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 Cuttings For Your Model Railway

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Does your railway track lie flat on its landscape? If you answered yes, your model railway is wrong. [...]

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 [...]

How to make your own trees, a new technique

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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

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

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 [...]

Model Railway 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 [...]

Even the darkness will not be dark to you

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Here's a quick tip for anyone building on tunnels for their 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 mountains and hills – 5 steps from model making gurus

Does your model railway hill building feel like mountain climbing? In the rain... If you want beautiful hills and valleys but are struggling with ugly [...]
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