Constructing roads in a model
railroad is neither too difficult nor expensive. What you can do is take some tacky
glue and put a thick amount on the place you want your road to be. Before it gets
dried, collect some fine sawdust and sprinkle it on top of the glue. Make sure you
cover all the glue so that it looks like a road. Immediately after you have covered
the glue with sawdust, take a small plastic toy car and run it back and forth on
your road. This will create realistic looking tire tracks. Leave the glue road
overnight to dry. Once it has dried, paint and seal the road.
If you want to show some pipes
or downspouts in your buildings, or along the roads, buy lots of florists’ wire.
This is very soft and you can easily fold it in any shape you want. The wire is
available in various thicknesses, so you can buy whichever you like according to
your scale size. Just make sure you insert the ends in such a way that they are not
sticking out. It might prick someone’s finger!
When creating billboard signs,
use real business cars. You can cut them up if you have a small scale, otherwise,
put them on the board as it is. If you have two similar cards lying around, what
you can do is use one for the billboard and cut up the other for the actual sign
board on the business shop. You can even insert an LED light on top of the board to
create a lifelike structure.
If you want to create a more
lifelike park, all you have to do is add some ivy to it. Gather lost of ivy from
your garden and cut it up. Then insert some zigzag lines of glue in your park and
sprinkle that ivy on top. If you feel that the ivy is too thin, you can wait for
the glue to dry and repeat the process. You can even sprinkle some ivy on roads or
around your train tracks.
To make your railroad railroad
look realistic, try creating or depicting a story. For example, don’t have random
people figures standing around, instead show their story. You can show a dad taking
his kids to school, a nurse leaving for work, or maybe even some policeman standing
round a corner of the street in your model railroad. This will make the entire
thing look real, instead of some artificial scene.
The main point is to have lots
of fun while you enjoy making train structures and scenery. Best of luck with your
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