Model Train Scenery for Beginners and Experts by DouglasBrinkmeyer


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         Model Train Scenery for Beginners and Experts

Making model train scenery is a huge source of enjoyment for model train hobbyist. Building
realistic landscapes is a relaxing and very creative aspect of your model train. This article will
discuss a few of the basics of model train scenery and presents about the first steps to building a
train model.

The foundation of your train is the benchwork. Train hobbyists have two choices for benchwork:
creating your own or buying a premade benchwork kit. Buying a benchwork kit has quite a few
advantages. Precut and predrilled, benchwork kits are stronger then a piece of plywood on top of
two sawhorses. Kits also have the option of being easily disassembled, which makes moving them
to a different space in the home or taking it to a show much simpler.

Building your own benchwork is more difficult and does take more time however; you have the
chance to realize your ideal image for your trains. The first step is to create a design for your

To do this, you'll need to figure out how big your benchwork will be. Is it likely you may be adding
to it in the future? Bear in mind the space available for your model railroad display.

Next step is to consider the shape you would like for your benchwork. There are many choices
such as circular, square, oval or rectangular. Typically the legs of the table are 28 inches but they
can be altered to meet your designs specifications.

The most critical thing in benchworking is making sure that your benchwork is solid and will
support the weight of your model train. The best platform is a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch thick sheet of
plywood. The benchwork must be strong and able to withstand the weight of your train model. If
you would like your benchwork to be movable, here's a hint -- cut the plywood into several pieces
before you put together your benchwork.

Perspective is a main feature when creating your model train scenery. The purpose is to make
your layout appear larger than it is. Try using various levels of scenery to create this.

For example, placing larger trees in the front of the display and smaller trees to the back or on the
tops of mountains will help create this illusion. When selecting the items for the scenery, keep in
mind the theme you selected for the landscape. For example, a logging train line could be running
through rugged snow covered mountains on its way to a near-by lumber mill.

There are unlimited options for landscaping features in your model railroad scenery: tunnels, farm
lands fields, bridges and roads. You can also feature towns or villages filled with homes and
buildings. Don't forget about the fine details of your scenery such as sign posts, billboards, fences,
flowers, hedges, people and animals. It's even possible to include ponds, streams or waterfalls.

Creating model train scenery is an art. It takes patience, thought and attention to detail to design a
lifelike model. The imagination is the only limit to design possibilities. So enjoy building your model
train and take pride in creating spectacular and realistic scenery and landscapes.

Building model trains is a very rewarding and relaxing hobby. For additional tips about model train
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