Model train scenery needs to be effective in order for it to have any kind of impact on your layout.
By knowing how to create effective scenery and how to position this scenery effectively, you will be able to create a realistic environment that makes your model railroad look alive.
An indoor layout usually always requires its own bench work. A layout’s bench work is the surface upon which the layout will be constructed.
For beginners, the best bench work to use would be a table, which saves time and costs nothing.
Once you have prepared the bench work for your layout it is important to remember that any realistic looking layout looks realistic because it features as many natural aspects as possible.
For example, your layout should include a few knolls and gullies which will create an undulating terrain, commonly seen over large open stretches of land. This will also help you to determine where you would like your hills and mountainous areas to be positioned on your layout.
Adding Structures And Other Model Train Scenery Accessories To Your Layout
One of the most important points to remember when it comes to adding scenic accessories to your layout is that you should always arrange your structures and accessories in such a way that a good sizing perspective is achieved.
For example, to create a perspective of depth you might want to place large trees towards the front of your layout and smaller trees towards the back of your layout.
This technique can be very effective if you want your layout to feature a road that disappears over the horizon, for example.
A similar technique can be used to accentuate the height of a mountain or a hill. Larger trees can be placed at the bottom of the hill, while smaller trees can be placed toward the top.
By reversing this technique, you can accentuate a steep drop off into a gully or ravine.
When it comes to enhancing and adding realism to your model train layout, your options are virtually endless.
Obviously you will need to use accessories that suit the era and geographic location you have chosen to model.
From signs to fences, animals, cars, figurines, tractors, straw bails, buildings, offices, small rowboats on waterways, you name it.
There are hundreds of model train scenery accessories available to model railroading hobbyists that can help these hobbyists to create super realistic scenes on their layouts.
Using Model Railroad Scenery Guides To Help You
If you are a veteran in this hobby, you will have a great deal of experience when it comes to constructing a layout, and you will already have a few techniques of your own when it comes to creating your model railway scenery.
However, even the best model railroaders often find themselves turning to a good reference book for detailing ideas and technique reminders.
As a beginner in this hobby, getting started on the right track is possible if you have the right information by your side as you begin.
Good information can be found in a number of model railroading books, but one of the best books to work with as you create your first detailed layout is How To Build And Detail Model Railroad Scenes available from Historic Rail.
This 88 paged book containing 245 photographs and illustrations will teach you the essential skills and techniques needed in order to design and construct very detailed model railway scenery.
With informative lessons on how to make effective urban and rural scenery, this book is an indispensable resource for any model railroader regardless of their level of skill in this hobby.
In conclusion, besides asking for help from a fairy god mother or a magician, the only way to truly bring your model railroad to life is to put all of your efforts toward ensuring that your model train scenery looks as realistic as possible, and is positioned effectively throughout your layout.