Scenery

Every model railway needs scenery. This can mean rolling green hills, muddy fields, pretty ponds of a forest of pine trees. This section is dedicated to helping you improve your layout's scenery. Articles and videos range from modelling static grass through to building telegraph poles.

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Ask Phil: No more floating buildings

How do I avoid gaps underneath the buildings on my layout? John, Budbrooke.

26 November 2020

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Ask Phil: Which hairspray do I need for scenic work?

I've heard about using hairspray for scenery, but don't know what to buy. Can…

19 November 2020

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Ask Phil - Making a model road

Can you advise me how to model a road? I'm not keen on stick-on versions. Ian,…

20 October 2020

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How to model litter and industrial waste on your model railway

Bringing your post-1950s layout to life is all in the detail, as Michael Russell…

01 October 2020

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How to model overgrown grass

Howard Smith creates an area of neglected and abandoned land, as commonly-found…

01 October 2020

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Phil's Practical - Model a rock face

Rock faces are very handy on a model railway. While the prototype tried to avoid…

06 August 2020

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Phil's Practical - Use an electronic static grass tool

If you plan a lot of scenery, or you're looking to build several layouts in the…

30 July 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a steam era campsite

When steam trains ruled the rails, tents were made of canvas and you didn't…

16 July 2020

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Building a micro layout step-by-step

Phil Parker builds "Ferness Quay" - a micro layout only 30in long but showcasing…

09 July 2020

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Phil's Practical - Make your own stick on grass tufts

While it's possible to buy ready-make grass tufts, it easy enough to make your…

07 July 2020

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Phil's Practical - Improve a diecast lorry

With a little bit of work, any diecast vehicle can be transformed from a shiny…

25 June 2020

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How to make realistic shop windows

We all moan about the changing high street and lack of model shops in many…

19 June 2020

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Phil's Practical - Lockups underneath the arches

The space under a railway viaduct in town doesn't stay empty very long. We open…

17 June 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a simple display case

Don't hide all your model locomotives in a cupboard. We show you how to build a…

10 June 2020

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How to create lineside variety

There's more to the other side of the fence than green grass, as we explain with…

10 June 2020

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