Building Realistic Model Railroad Scenery

Kathy Millatt
Item #12835

Build realistic model scenery with modeler and Model Railroader Video Plus host Kathy Millatt. Filled with inspiration and project guides, this complete overview of modeling railroad scenery will guide you on how to use the latest techniques and materials, share time-tested “classic” methods for modeling various features, and more!


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Bring your layout to the next level with a complete overview of modeling railroad scenery in this “scenery makers bible” from modeler and Model Railroader Video Plus host Kathy Millatt.

You’ll learn how to use the latest techniques and materials, as well as time-tested “classic” methods for modeling mountains, rivers, forests, railroad rights-of-way, towns, and cities that occupy any modeler’s layout.

Perfect for everyone from a beginner to an expert modeler, this book includes:

  • Step-by-step photo sections to show different methods used to build scenery.
  • Details about techniques and materials to advance your modeling.
  • Unique insights, tips, and tricks into layout detailing.
  • And more!

Take your layout from bare plywood or foamboard to a detailed scene that will surround your model trains!

Author: Kathy Millatt
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 192
Author Bio

Kathy Millatt is a full-time modeller working across a wide range of modelling interests from model railroads to sci fi, but her first love is scenery. With over 20 years’ experience, Kathy enjoys sharing what she does through books and videos. Kathy is a contributing editor for Model Railroader Video Plus with her Let’s Make a Scene series and has also been featured in Model Railroader and Railway Modeller. She also has a successful YouTube channel.

More recently, Kathy was a judge on the Great Model Railway Challenge, a UK TV show featuring model railways built in just 24 hours. Her other interests include cinema and travel, with great modeling inspiration coming from both. More information can be found on Kathy’s website:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Planning
Every project starts with a good plan

Chapter 2: Basic tools and materials
We all love buying kits but what do you really need?

Chapter 3: Firm foundations
Fantastic scenery needs firm foundations

Chapter 4: Track
The main scenic model on every layout is its trackwork

Chapter 5: Backdrops
Backdrops help free our layouts from the confines of our basements or the edges of our dioramas

Chapter 6: Rocks and stones
Whether you buy them, cast them, or carve them, you're likely to need bare rocks

Chapter 7: Earth, gravel, and mud
Scenery starts from the ground up

Chapter 8: Roads and paths
Wherever there are people, there will need to be roads and paths running seamlessly through the layout

Chapter 9: Trees, bushes, and grass
Options abound for modeling almost any place on Earth

Chapter 10: Water
Whether you want a puddle or an ocean, these techniques will help you achieve your goals

Chapter 11: Buildings
Railroads need a purpose and buildings provide not only scenery but also a reason for railroad operations

Chapter 12: Details
The details we add set the scene and bring your layout to life

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