My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Scenery

48-star Flags

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
90
Description:
If you model between 1912 and 1959, the United States only had 48 states, so the flag back then only had 48 stars. This page has scale, color drawings of flags for N, HO, S, and O-scale. It also includes measurements of a free-standing flag pole.

Appalachian Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
96
Author:
Lionel Strang
Scale:
N
Description:
Ballasting, scenery, painting the backdrop, tree-covered hillsides, roads, ground cover, rocks, fascia, structures, and weathering.

Build Realistic Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
98
Author:
Sam Swanson
Description:
From using foam as a base to leaves for the trees.

California's Golden Grass

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
76
Author:
Harold Minkwitz
Scale:
On3
Description:
This articles shows how the author created tall and short grasses for his On3 layout. He used Joann Fabrics Grizzly Fur for the tall grasses, and Wal-Mart plush fabric for the short grasses. The article details how to paint the fabrics, how to install them, and how to hide seams.

Desert Scenery Without Breaking a Sweat

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
48
Author:
Pelle Soeborg
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article shows how to model Western U.S. scenery starting with a foam insulation board base, which is built up in several layers, adding rocks, painting the surface, adding rocks and foliage, and finally the track, ballast, and structures.

Details

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-07
Page:
90
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob's thoughts on the how and why of adding details.

Details Make a Difference

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-09
Page:
66
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author shares some ideas on how to add more details to your layout.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 07, Number 2, Spring 1984
Page:
5
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Description:
A description of loads that can be placed on pallets.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 1, Winter 1985
Page:
6
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Description:
Modeling scenes where underground pipelines come above ground for junctions, booster pumps, etc.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 3, Summer 1985
Page:
19
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Description:
How to model marshes or swaps, both dry and with modeled water.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 1, Winter 1986
Page:
12
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Description:
How to model highways, on-ramps, local airports, modern office buildings, all large items that require some selective compression.

Easy Street, Paved with Styrene

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
36
Author:
David Popp
Scale:
N
Description:
Creating roadways from 0.040" styrene. Article includes step-by-step instructions and photos on cutting and scoring the styrene, installing the streets and shoulders, painting, and finishing the scene.

Finishing Touches for the Pioneer Valley

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
126
Author:
Michael Tylick
Scale:
O
Description:
The author covers adding automobiles, figures, utility poles, detail castings, chain link fences, junk, scratchbuilt details, signs, and signals to his layout. A sidebar article talks about the cabinets the author built for the layout, including parts list and diagram. There is another sidebar on the signals and signal driving circuit he added to his layout.

Florida Scenery

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-01
Page:
92
Author:
Bob Miller
Description:
Living in Florida, Bob describes his state, covering such items as flora, architecture, industries, and water, with lots of supporting prototype photos.

How To Make Better Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
46
Author:
Lou Sassi
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article describes how the author creates a scenic base using Woodland Scenics' foam sheets, then covers it with "ground goop" (a mixture of Celluclay, Vermiculite, flat latex paint, and white glue). The photo essay continues with ground cover, planting trees made from Peppergrass, and finishes with two scenes of a suburban front yard and static-flock grass along the track side.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 3, June 2010
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Making the case for focusing on mini-scenes when building a layout.

Makin' Pallets

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-10
Page:
122
Author:
Steven Wesolowski
Scale:
HO
Description:
A simple jig allows the quick production of a scale pallet.

Modeling Chain-link Fencing

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1980-09
Page:
72
Author:
G. Warren Reed
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using lacy netting, the author describes how he makes realistic-looking fencing.

Modeling Deciduous Trees in Winter

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
71
Author:
Brent Monahan
Description:
Tips on how to build tree with no foliage.

Modeling with Air

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-02
Page:
52
Author:
Jim Martin
Description:
This is an interesting article about allowing space between the back drop and the three-dimensional layout to create the illusion of distance.

Oddity

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-11/12
Page:
68
Author:
Daniel Dawdy
Description:
The author found a BN cab/nose, a motor, and some barrels on the side of a field and decided to take a photo of it.

Over The Edge Scenery

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-05
Page:
20
Author:
Dave Jacobs
Description:
You can give your layout extra dimension by taking scenery over the edge - the edge of the layout that is. The article shows three photos of how to treat the edge of the layout other than the usual Masonite board. One is to use wooden supporting timbers, complete with nut-bolt-washer castings. Another is to use rock outcroppings, and the last one shows what a rock wall will look like.

Plentiful Pallets

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-10
Page:
24
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
How to scratchbuild wooden pallets.

Realistic Trees

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
43
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Description:
Models of Black Willow, Yellow Poplar, Live Oak, Black Locust, Common Ash, Sycamore, and White Oak trees.

Scenery From a Jar

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-03
Page:
60
Author:
Spike McGinty
Description:
Using the various Polyterrain products, the author shows how he builds scenery from a foam base, installs track, ballast, scenery base, ground cover, and scenic details.

Scenery Techniques

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-06/07
Page:
38
Author:
Don Ledger
Scale:
S
Description:
The author introduces this new column.

Seamless Removable Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
114
Author:
David Popp
Description:
Using a strip of fabric to hide the seam of a piece of removable scenery (to access hidden tracks, for example).

Short & Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 1, Winter 1986
Page:
6
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
Make a garbage can from the top of a pencil. Includes diagrams and a model photo.

Sponge Modeling

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-12
Page:
128
Author:
Jim Kelly
Description:
Using a sponge and joint compound to create rippled water and smooth roads.

Stack-by-stack, not Board-by-board

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-10
Page:
98
Author:
Chris Comport
Scale:
HO
Description:
How to build stacks of boards the easy way.

Texture, Color, and the Art of Model Railroading

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-11
Page:
7
Author:
Mark J. Mead
Description:
Adding vegetation, details, and the use of color and texture all add to the believability of our models and layouts. Includes many close-up photos of the author's scenery work.

The Mighty Pen

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
146
Author:
Robert E. Rothe
Description:
Using the various parts of a ballpoint pen to model clay sewer pipes, bags of cement, drainage culverts, smokestack, piping, industrial valve, stove, and vertical steam boiler.

The Scenery Clinic Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-12
Page:
54
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
This installment discusses ground cover, specifically hills and creek edges.

The Scenery Clinic Part IV

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-02
Page:
72
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
This installment covers how to model a cut bank.

The Scenery Clinic Pt VII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
53
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
This installment covers how to model water using Magic Water®. Paul shows how he creates the illusion of fast-flowing water by painting white foam around rocks.

The Scenery Clinic Pt. XVII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-06
Page:
56
Author:
Paul Scoles
Scale:
On30
Description:
This last installment covers the final details of the diorama. The author covers debris, adding vehicles, and grass tufts.

The Scenery Clinic: Painting Flexible Track

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
46
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
In this introductory article the author announces that he will be starting a series of articles on how he does scenery work. He has been giving clinics at shows for 30 years. In this installment he describes how he built the base for the diorama used in the article. The main topic is about how to make flextrack look more realistic by painting the ties and the rails.

The Seasons of Model Railroading

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-11
Page:
46
Author:
Geno Sharp
Description:
The author describes how he added Christmas-related items to his layout, such as Christmas trees, wreaths on locomotives, etc.

Thirty Minutes

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-07
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Adding small details to structures or scenes doesn't have to take a long time, but can do a lot of the overall impression of the layout.

Vast Vistas - In a Few Inches

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-11
Page:
97
Author:
C. Jeff Riley
Description:
This article presents ideas on how to model steep hills in just two to five inches of space.

When is a Rock Mold not a Rock Mold?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
84
Author:
John P. Schick
Description:
Describes "Plastic Liquid" which can be melted to be poured over masters to make molds. The material doesn't stick to anything.