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Building Model Railway Trains And Scenery

The benchwork is the foundation of your railroad. Model Train enthusiasts have the choice of buying a ready-made benchwork or constructing one from scratch for themselves. Buying a benchwork kit has several advantages. Benchwork kits are precut and predrilled. Plus they are sturdier then a piece of plywood on two sawhorses. Also, with a kit, you can take it apart to move it to a different location in the house or to bring it to shows.

Of course constructing your own benchwork is more complex and takes more time to build but, you have the chance to bring about your perfect vision for your trains. The first thing you will have to do is to create a design for your layout. Youll have to figure out how large you want your benchwork to be. Consider if you will be adding on to it later on down the road. How much room in your house do you have to place a train layout? What shape are you planning for the top or your benchwork? It can be oval, square, circular or rectangle. Generally, the legs of the table are 28 inches but they can be modified to meet your designs specs. The critical thing in benchworking is making certain that your benchwork is strong and can endure a considerable amount of weight. A good platform is a 3/8 inch or inch thick piece of plywood. If you would like your benchwork to remain portable, you can cut the plywood into several pieces before you assemble your benchwork.

Keep perspective in mind when you are building the actual model railroad scenery. The aim is to make your layout appear larger than it is. You can try using different levels of scenery to help with this. Placing bigger trees in the foreground and smaller trees in the background will help with this illusion as well. Your scenery should also reflect the theme your have chosen for your landscape. For example, if you are running a logging train on your line, it should be running through a rugged mountainous area filled with lots of trees. You can also place a sawmill or lumberyard close by.

Other aspects that you can have in your landscape are tunnels, grassy meadows, fields, rock formations, roads, and bridges. You can also incorporate towns or villages filled with houses and buildings. Plus, you should also add fine detail to your scenery. Fine detail includes animals, flowers, underbrush, telephone poles, signs, hedges, fences, bushes and people. A really cool touch is adding bodies of water like waterfalls, streams, rivers and ponds.

After all, isnt one of the reasons we get into model trains is to be able to demonstrate our artistic talent by creating dramatic and lifelike landscapes? So get to it and impress your family and friends with your wonderful talent.


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