A model railroad layout never
seems large enough, but a well thought out backdrop can certainly make the layout
appear to stretch forever. Regardless of whether your scenery includes mountains,
gentle hillsides, open plains/desert or perhaps a town or cityscape, a backdrop can
extend the scenic illusion out beyond the horizon.
Various techniques can be used
for modeling backdrops. Some model railroaders prefer highly detailed busy scenes,
whereas others opt for simple clear blue sky with maybe a few clouds for realism.
Some modelers choose acrylic paints, whilst some will use
The technique of positioning
“flats” or “buildings in low relief” against a backdrop is very effective and
widely used. Flats just show the front of a structure up against the background,
and low relief structures typically show the front, and part of a roof and two side
walls. Both are ways of saving space and extending the horizon.
ABOVE: A couple of examples to show how these
model buildings can look against a backdrop.
When you look closely at the
detailing on these scale model buildings you’d think they were real… especially
when you put them against the backdrop on your model railroad. Use the zooming tool
on this webpage to look closely at the fine detailing and intricate weathering.
Look carefully and you can even see the produce and items on display in the store
windows, and that’s something you won’t get on most model kit
These are background buildings
using the “low relief” technique that enables you to position parts of the complete
building directly against your backdrop sky, so as to give the illusion the
building is full depth. By using this technique you can give the impression the
scene extends much further than it actually does. It is a clever technique used by
many very experienced model railroaders to make their layouts appear bigger than
they actually are. It also is a great space-saver and allows more space for extra
track or other scenery features.
The model building in this
streetscape can be purchased separately or as a package of 6 buildings for a
heavily discounted price. That is certainly the cheapest way to go and all look
good together as a complete shopping strip. You can choose from a Fruit &
Veggie Shop, a Bakery, an Antique Shop, Barbers Shop, a Fish Market, or Butchery...
or buy all six and really save!
These railroad buildings are
sold by download as a PDF which is almost instant delivery to your PC where you can
save the file for future use. Scaling these buildings to HO, OO, or to N scale is
extremely easy when using your home printer.
It is over to you what you use
for construction. Some modelers prefer card for strengthening and assembly. Other
hobbyists favor corflute (the same stuff real estate agents use for there signage),
or foam sheeting works well. Card is free if you use a discarded corn flake box.
However both corflute and foam sheets are extremely cheap from discount and DIY
stores. They usually come in big sheets which make several railroad buildings. So,
you can use more to add extra strengthening and make these buildings as strong as
Yes, you can make this entire
street scene for just a few dollars…
As you can see these
photo-realistic designs are really cheap to download and assemble using glue,
card/corfute/foam. Better still, you won’t need to buy model paints or spend hours
adding details or weathering. It’s already done for you.
Save the designs on your
computer and you can make more buildings later. You won’t be asked to purchase a
second download to your computer.
Just glue the signs to card and
fold them in half. They’ll look right at home sitting on the pavement in front of
the shop. You don’t need to display all 6 sandwich-board signs at once, maybe
rotate the signs around so that you display a couple of different ones each month.
This will add interest and variety to your railroad scene.
Each design has easy to follow
drawings to guide you through the construction process. As long as you have a very
sharp craft knife (or scalpel), some adhesive (glue stick, spray adhesive, super
glue, or clear glue), card/foam/corflute, a straight ruler or sharp edge for
cutting… then you are on you way to one, or all of these, model railroad buildings.
Construction only takes a few minutes and you’ll have your street scene starting to
These designs are quick and
easy to download, print and build… and, a lot of fun.
So give it a go. I am positive
you will be really impressed with how realistic this model shop street scene will
look on your railroad layout.
These model railway buildings
are designed to last, and will be ready for positioning on your railroad to
transform the backdrop from unimaginative to lifelike and
You'll be able to download
these model shops in around a minute as PDF(s).
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