Realistic" & Fun-To-Make
Scale Model Railroad Industrial Buildings To
Position Against Your Background Scenery
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You can easily scale the plans to different sizes
to match your model railroading scale (anywhere from S scale, HO scale, OO, even as small as
Z scale). Not recommend for O or G scale. Here's your guide -
The whole process is quick, easy, and fun! All
you do is print the design(s) out using your home printer before gluing them on to corflute (you
can also use foamboard sheets, or cardboard). My personsal preference is to use corflute, because
it is very inexpensive to buy in a giant sheets (DIY stores sell it), and it is incredibly sturdy.
I paid around 5 dollars for a large 3 ft (900mm) x 2 ft (600mm) sheet. The DIY store had larger
(above left) Tips and techniques for construction of scale model railroad
buildings are clearly explained in this FREE assembly guide.
(middle) Sample photo tutorial included with plan B566 and B567.
(right) Sample if the illustrated instruction guide for B566 and B567.
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Coreflute, card, or foamboard are ideal materials for constructing these scale
models. Thin strips of painted balsa can be used for thin strips to add extra
(photographed on a lime green bathroom towel) was made using foamboard from a
Creating a Believable Backdrop for Your Model
Practically everybody with a model railroad be
it a simple shelf layout, or an around-the-room “wall hugging” design will require some sort of
backdrop to add interest to the scenic landscape so as to develop a complete life-like scene in
which to showcase and operate their trains. No doubt you are no different?
Even a simple freestanding tabletop design will
likely have sides, or a middle divider to provide the look and feel that the trains are running
long distances, even though in reality the track might only be a few feet in
The design and construction of a basic
background is not as overwhelming as it may appear, despite the fact that it might require a little
thought, time, and effort to get it looking just right.
Smoothing out the room
For a layout that hugs the wall, one of the
principal things to consider is whether you need to conceal the edges of the room by one means or
another. All things considered, room corners are usually sharp right angles so don’t look very
realistic if you are trying to achieve a naturally flowing scene. Using thin sheets of hardboard to
turn the corners of the wall into gentle curves is one way to overcome the problem. Thin hardboard
is generally easy to bend and fasten and glue in place. The hardboard can be used along the
entirety of the backdrop. After attaching the hardboard behind the layout, you can use some drywall
tape a sealing compound to cover the joins and any screw holes. After it is dried you won’t be able
to spot the joins, especially after it has been painted or covered with a photographic
Painting the sky
If you are going to paint the sky rather than
use photographic images, then this can be achieved reasonably simply without the need for to much
creative ability. Obviously the more artistic you are the better the result is likely to
Buy some acrylic paint – white and a sky blue
color. A paint roller can be used to paint the upper half of the backdrop sky blue. Before the
paint dries, start blending some white paint into the lower part of the sky blue paint. Work your
brush using horizontal brush strokes. The further you move down, the more white you blend in, but
don’t use pure white. Pre-mixing some lighter shades of blue in a separate paint tray might help
give a better result. Gradually blend in the colors as well as you are able, but try not to make it
too perfect as it could look unnatural. Little streaks of the white mixed in with the blue tones
will give the impression of small wisps of low-lying clouds floating in the distance. Other
sections of the layout backdrop can be painted using the same method, all the way around the wall
until the sky is all done. If you are proficient with an airbrush then use that to add some really
When everything is dry you can add a few clouds
in various places using a light (or medium) gray paint towards the base of the clouds before
blending in white color paint as you move further up the cloud. To make each cloud appear fluffy
with an irregular pattern you can apply a stippling effect using a brush with a tiny amount of
white paint. There is a bit of an art to this technique, but you’ll soon master it by practicing on
a scrap piece of cardboard. If you go to Google Images you get plenty of reference photos of clouds
to guide you. If you add too many clouds against the sky if might detract from your layout. The aim
is to simply create the impression of a realistic sky horizon. Your trains need to be the “hero”
and focal point, not the sky or clouds.
Mountains in the
Depending on the scene, how creative you want
to be, or how three dimensional you want your backdrop to look; you could apply some flat yet muted
colors of green-gray or blue-gray to give the impression of distant mountains near the base of the
horizon. It’s probably best not to add too much detail, because the idea is to just give a vague
impression of hills or mountains in the distance to add a further dimension and create the perfect
setting for your model trains.
Whenever you are painting backdrops always be
aware of the position of the sun in relation to the mountains and clouds. Light from the sun
wouldn’t normally show on both sides of the mountains. A lighter color paint blend can be used
towards the edges of the mountains to blend in to the darker color paint on the opposite side of
the mountains shaded from light. The effectiveness will depend on how proficient you are at
blending color and tones. A separate mixing tray is a useful tool, and it might just be a case of
blending a tiny amount of white or yellow paint to the color you’ve applied to the mountains to
lighten the edges. That scrap piece of cardboard I mentioned earlier will be useful for testing
your blending and mixing skills before applying the lighter color to the background
Depending on the type of scene and how
intricate you want to make it, you could paint some grassed fields, or some trees and bushes, or
simulate the shapes of distant structures, perhaps a forest or city off towards the horizon. Again,
some photos from Google Images might be of help.
Using pre-printed backdrop
Another popular option is to buy rolls or
sheets of photographic murals for your background scenery. Various companies supply it online.
Depending on what you purchase, you might need to join some sections together to create a long and
continuous scene. The main thing is to ensure the joins are invisible or disguised in some way.
Positioning the “low-relief” structures available on this webpage will add a realistic 3D effect
and bring life and perspective to your layout.
Bringing it all
Hopefully these ideas have been helpful in
creating your backdrop scenery. The key point to always remember regardless of the nature of scene
you use for your railroad backdrop, strive to blend in the foreground scenery so it matches the
background scene as closely as you can. The foreground scenery shouldn’t just suddenly stop for the
background scenery to begin. Anyone viewing your layout should view the scene as one, and not as
two parts put together, so it should be hard to distinguish where the front scenery finishes and
where the backdrop begins.
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