How to Create Basic Model Train Scenery
Do you want to start doing your own model train scenery but you don’t know how? Here are some of the basics.
- Plan out your scenery. Draw up scenery ideas on paper using a pencil. Erase anything that doesn’t work out. Make sure you are happy with the plan that you have drawn.
- Get your supplies from a hobby store. Good supplies include grass, trees, buildings, people etc. You will also need a shaker to put the grass into the scenery. If you don’t know what to products to buy, ask for help
- Use glue or scenic cement to glue down your scenery to your layout. Hobby brands such as Woodland Scenics have a great range of scenic cement but if you want a cheaper option, make your own using PVA glue, detergent, a glass jar and an eye dropper. Mix half glue half water and two drops of detergent in the jar then shake the mix.
- Put down some glue solution or scenic cement. Put the grass material in a shaker and gently shake on the chosen area.
- Open jar get eye dropper and get glue solution or scenic cement and gently drop over area.
- Add other scenic elements.
- Wait until dry. If scenery did not turn out the way you wanted, put another layer on and repeat until you are happy.
- Use natural material as well if wished. Such things as soil, sticks, little rocks etc., depending on your scale of choice and if you think it will work.
- Research on the web for ideas.
- Buy books at hobby stores and train exhibits about model trains.
- Ask a staff member at the hobby store if you don’t know what you are doing.
- Join a model train club for two reasons:
- to get free advice; and
- if you need help they will help you.
- Be careful not to spill any glue on the track; it is hard to scrape off.
- Take care when using hobby knives.
Things You’ll Need
- an old set of clothes (optional)
- hobby scenery
- paint brushes
- hobby knife