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Scenery

Model railway scenery: how to create glorious landscapes with these free tips, from the UK’s biggest model railway blog.

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

cropmark model railway
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

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

Erecting Embankments

model railway embankments how to make
Embankments? building? "Oh come!" I can hear you cry, what's difficult about that? [...]

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 Cuttings For Your Model Railway

railway cutting
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

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

If you want to bring your model railway to life you'll want grass. But there are hundreds of makes and types to choose from. Here's what you need to know. [...]

Even the darkness will not be dark to you

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 [...]

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 [...]

DIY Budget Hedges – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #3

Using the pre-made commercial hedges on your model railway can be expensive what if there was a way to get hedgerows for a few pounds. Here's how you can make [...]
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