Low-relief buildings can provide amazing
persective & dimension to any model railroad layout. They are in simplist terms, 3 sided
buildings that give the illusion of being full-sized buildings. Sometimes they are only one-sided
revealing just the front or a side of the building. These structures are commomly positioned on the
horizon set against a background sky or scene, or on the outer edge of a layout. Industrial
warehouse buildings like these would look extremely realistic positioned alongside a yard track as
an indicating they are servicing the railroad.
The big advantage of using low
relief building like this, is that they give the viewer the idea the scenery stretches further to
the distance than it actually does. Industrial and warehouse buildings also look at home near
railway lines and add character and authenticity to the overall scene. These miniature structures
look so photorealistic it is incredibly hard to believe they are in fact scaled-down replicas and
not real-life-sized working buildings.
This industrial scene is very cheap to purchase
and so easy-to-assemble. They are ready for scaling to the size you are modeling. If you are using
HO then you might want to make the buildings in the distance even smaller (perhaps N scale). The
plans are download in 'OO gauge' and are quick to resize as HO scale or even N scale. Download the
plans. They are PDF files. Print them on a home printer. Print 2, 3, or 4 copies if you want to
that (there won't be any extra charge). The plans need to be used for private (not commercial) use.
Ordinary paper is fine for printing on.
It is over to you how much additional strength you add to each building. Some modelers will glue
the plans on to foam sheets (get it from a DIY Hardware or Discount Store) or corflute. Both come
in as big sheets and cost very little. This makes the buildings sturdy when the paper parts are
glued on the pre-cut corflute or foam board. There's no need to use a saw... a sharp stanley knife
(or scarpel) will do the job with ease. Each of the models includes flaps for adhering them to your
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Building Model Railroad
Make It Look Real With These
7 Weathering Techniques
Real life railway tracks gets worn down and
weathered over a long period of time. This is caused by the changing weather and from being
in use continuously (or perhaps not being used enough). To give the same effect to your model
railroad, it requires you to add weathering effects to your layout. Adding weathering effects
to your tracks, trains and building will give your railroad a realistic look that is hard to
achieve if you use brand new items.
Weathering is time consuming (but FUN) and it
takes a while to enhance your weathering skills. However, following are different tools you
can put to use to add weathering effects to your layout:
1. Dry Brushing
Take a dry paint brush and dip it into paint of an
appropriate color to create the effect that you want to achieve. Remove most of the paint
from the brush by wiping it on a paper towel. Now paint the building or train from top to
bottom, leaving streaks that will give the effect of cracked paint. You can use different
colors and use the brush in different ways to accomplish differing effects. You can use
red/orange/brown for rust, gray to add stains from exhaust, and black for oil and grease. Do
not over do it by covering the entire area, rather focus on few places to give it a more
realistic look. Flat matt acrylic paints generally work best.
2. Wash to
Use textured surfaces on your train cars and
buildings. Now mix ten parts paint thinner in one part of paint. Use a brush to lightly paint
the textured surface. The mixture of paint will start settling in the low spots of the
texture and rub off from the raised areas which will give weathered look to buildings or
train cars. Watered down India ink can be used in this way to add dimension to cliff
3. Dull and
Use paint thinner with thin gray paint to make
objects look more dirty or worn. Use an airbrush to spray the objects with gray paint, in a
side motion. The airbrush will help you give a light coat of paint to the objects. If you
want your train car or building looking dirty then you can also use brown paint in the same
way to achieve that effect. Nothing looks more fake than a brand new building or engine
straight out of its packaging. A look around everyday real life scenes will reveal that real
life objects are far from perfect or clean. Unless a building has been recently painted it
will likely show marks and indications of damage or wear and tear.
Even if you don’t like to see graffiti (or
vandalism) on walls or trains, in reality it is common these days. It is entirely up to you
whether you include patches of it on your railroad. You could add graffiti to trains and
structures if you are building railroad scenery to depict a city area. You can apply graffiti
stickers to the side of the trains or buildings. Use gray paint to spray over graffiti with
an airbrush. This will give a faded look to the graffiti making it look old. Make sure that
you blend in the edges of the sticker to hide them.
5. Rough it up
To give buildings and rail cars a more weathered
look, rub their sides with sand or sandpaper. This will create scratches and will make the
objects look old.
There are certain areas on trains such as wheels
and bolts that are more prone to rust. Paint these areas with a rusty color to give make your
trains look more real. Buildings with iron roofs are also prone to rust especially if the
roof has been in place for many years.
Create a pile of chalk dust by rubbing chalk along
the edge of a knife. Sprinkle the dust over the objects that you are weathering. Spray these
areas with lacquer finish. This finish will hold the dust particles in place to add a
permanent weathered effect to the objects.
These are simple ways in which you can make your trains look weathered. Weathering effects are
important to make your buildings and trains look closer to real life and it depicts your attention
to details while building railroad scenery. Join a train club in
your area or online and have fun.
NOTE: The model railroad buildings featured on
this page have already been weathered, so there is no need to add further