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Create Your Own Realistic Diorama Farm Scene in HO, N scale or OO gauge with a Grain Elevator, 2 Barns (one with a silo), a Tractor Shed, and a Storage Workshop/Warehouse.

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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 percent.

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 really realistic!

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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 techniques.

Rivers and Streams

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!

Still Water

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 imagery.

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 realistic.

Have fun experimenting and relish driving your trains.