Although not all railroad layouts have room for
a rural setting with farm animals, corn or wheat fields, many railroad models will have enough
space. If your layout has space for a farm or rural scene, then this old barn building with grain
silo is ideal.
Scaled down in size from the real life-sized
thing, this barn can be made for HO scale, OO gauge, or for N scale, or Z scale, or it can be
changed to the scale of your choosing. Start by downloading the PDF plans and alter the printer to
suit the scale or size of your train set.
If you operate HO scale trains you would simply
reduce the PDF print size to 87 percent. For OO scale you could leave your printer set to print the
PDF at actual size (100%). For N scale trains you would simply alter your printing settings to 48
percent. If you operate with Z scale trains you would set the printer at 35
A close look will show you some amazing detail
on this model silo and barn structure as it has already been detailed and aged for you. You only
have to print out the PDF and adhere it to the rear of an old cardboard cereal pack. After cutting
the design out you glue the pieces together. You'll discover it is really quick, really easy, and
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Using Realistic Looking
Model Railroad Water Techniques
Contributed by David Walker
For many railroaders, using water in railroad
model scenery is one of the most difficult tasks. However, making water doesn’t need to be
difficult, an obviously it is advised never to use real water, as your train set is powered
with electricity. The mixture of water and electricity is a complete no-no.
Since kids will be looking at your railroad, it
will be a lot safer to use alternate methods of depicting watery scenes. There are a variety
of water scenes that could be displayed depending on the type of railroad model you build.
For example, there are some that require streams while others have lakes, harbors, brisk
flowing rivers or tranquil ponds. Rest assured all of these scenes can easily be created.
Just read on to get all the ingeniously creative ideas.
Here are some ideas for model railroad water
Rivers and streams have moving water. This means
you need to add substance which looks likes it’s moving, either downstream or with regular
motion. One way to show water is by using PVA.
What you would need to do is smooth the area where
your water will be. Adding a thin layer of plaster can work well. Then choose either
grey-green or soft brown for the water color. Don’t ever opt for blue because in reality,
water is never blue in streams and ponds. Ensure that your paint is waterproof. Then apply 2
or 3 coats of PVA (again waterproof!) on top of the dried paint. If you want to make it more
real looking, paint in some pond lily or small rocks in the river bed. Finish the look by
adding a light coat of varnish. This will make it glitter like water does in light. Voila,
your water scene is ready!
When you want to build a railroad that has a still
water scene, there are at least two ways to achieve this look. One way is by using glass
sheet. You can paint the underside black and then stick it to the base of the place where the
water bed is.
Another way is to use plastic or Perspex. Like the
glass, plastic too would require painting its underside and then sticking it on the base of
your model. As for the shape of the water body, you can easily scatter debris around it, like
stones, grass, and hedges to make it look like however you want. You can even insert trees on
the banks so that they are reflected in the mirror and give an even more life-like
Epoxy resin is an excellent material for making
water (and is my favored option). It does take some skill and you need to mix it correctly
follwing the instructions on the pack. Removing little air bubbles can be achieved by waving
a chefs butane torch carefully above the freshly poured resin. It can be built up in layers
if desired. Artifical plants and little rocks can be embedded in the epoxy resin soon after
it is poured. There are various commercially made products on the market including Noch
artificial water and Woodland Scenics Realistic Water.
Waterfalls are tricky and require unique railroad
modelling water techniques. One way to show a waterfall is to use a mixture of clear silicone
sealant and white paint. Spread some cling wrap on a flat surface and then put the amount of
sealant required on the cling wrap. Arrange it in a way that it depicts the movement of
water. You can alter the shape and size of sealant with toothpicks or dental picks. Then
leave it to dry for 12 hours. Take it out of the cling wrap and put it where your waterfall
is in the model. Stick it with sealant. You can use some white paint and sealant to show
splashing and curling water. Add small stones and trees around the waterfall to make it look
Have fun experimenting and relish driving your