Stunning layout scenery

The gremlins were about again last time – some of you will have missed the last post, which you can see here.

Now on to that scenery. My boy has been busy again. He’s put on a little art exhibition, but do you know what? He thought it would be fun to show off his print out scenery as well as his paintings.

Now here’s what made me smile. Have a look at the two pics below – it’s all made from the ‘big kahuna bundle deal‘.

Because you can print as many buildings as you want, there’s some ‘scratch’ building too, but it’s still all from the bundle deal. I suppose that’s the attraction. Download once, print as many as you can.


“Hi Al.

Hope your doing well. Here is a patio. I used weathered looking wood because I didn’t want it to look new. Few more things to add such as vines and plants and all the patio stuff. Will soft sand it. Maybe seal it don’t know. I hand cut all the pieces. The house isn’t done either.



I am Javier, form Spain, and I am building this layout, 1.2 m x 2.4 m, in HO DC.

A year ago I began (see the first pic) and now this is its status…

If you want, I will send new pics when I will finish.



“Hi Al,

Thought you might be interested in the creeper chair I made from an old outside folding chair. I cut it up and used the parts to get a comfortable rake, bolted it to a piece of board and fitted four 2” castors. Added a cushion and headrest and I have a perfect seat to do my layout wiring.



A big thanks to everyone who’s mailed me. Please do keep them coming.

Don’t forget the ebay cheat sheet if you haven’t been on it for a while. Still left smiling at the comments I get from it (if you’ve found a great deal on it, please do let me know).



29 Responses to Stunning layout scenery

  1. Good idea Roger, and well done Javier and Kim

  2. you sure know how to build a nice layout. very nice

  3. A bumper crop of great posts. I really could have used that chair 8 months ago when I did my wiring. Top idea. Well done Javier brilliant framing and really nice rock faces.

  4. Truly great stuff. I am gobsmacked.

  5. Hola Javier,

    What did you use for the rocks? They look so real! That is impressive.

    Keep posting!

  6. Hi again, great little layout Javier, you seem to have got a lot in without it looking over crowded, unlike some small layouts. Thanks for the picture of the woodwork, what sort of incline have you got? Presumably the engines get up them OK. There seems to be a lot of conflicting advice about sloping track. Mike S

  7. well done javier, you made a great layout,i loved the rocks ,they looked so real. please show us some more,as you go along,

  8. Nice rocks.would like to see a how to on them.thanks for the pictures super nice layout. thanks

  9. Hi Javier,
    What a great layout, after only a year of being involved in this hobby, great work! Are items hard to obtain in Spain, or do you need to get them from Europe?

    Hi Kim,
    You never cease to amaze me with the buildings you create, as they are always so realistic, if one didn’t know they were models, they’d think them to be real, fantastic job as always!!!

  10. Wow Roger’s creeper chair is great. He should patent it pretty fast. The other shots are great too.


  11. Love the chair, seems one man’s garbage is another man’s comfort

  12. Hi again, like David I meant to mention the rocks, they are really good, very realistic, how did you make them? More pics when you have completed some other parts please Javier, Mike

  13. very good looking layout keep up the good work

  14. Amazing, only wish I had a basement or spare room ro again create the HO layouts I had has a kid growing up. Well done!
    H. Horwitz co, Chicago, IL

  15. I like your buildings Al, tell the young fellor he does a good job.

    Nice layout and city scene.

  16. Thanks Stemar your to kind.It will be way better once I finish it.There sure is some talented people in here.Love the layouts on here.Im terrible when its cardboard cut outs.But give me a block of wood lol.

  17. Hola Javier,

    Very nice layout and I liked the way you did your scenery. I would like to see more pictures when you get a chance.

  18. I been working on a balsawood house plan I will send into Al.Really easy make.Can get a bundle of balsawood from ebay cheap.

  19. Hello everyone! Many thanks for your kindly coments about my layout! The brown rocks are… pine barks (mediterranean pine, we live in a mountain near Madrid) with beach sand, modelling compound and brown paint. The plants are pieces of green sponge, brush hairs and dish scrubber.
    Gray rocks are made with paper, modelling compound and several paints from white to black.
    Stemar: in Spain we have a lot of model railway shops, It is very easy to find every thing you need for your layout.
    I will share new pics when I have new parts…

  20. Very nice layout and I liked the way you have constructed it.

  21. Great job Javier, and great pictures. Send more pictures.

  22. Great layout Javier and I love the wiring chair, you should patent that.

  23. Love the chair, it half kills me getting under mine for wiring alterations etc and even with a carpeted floor it’s hard on the knees.

  24. Javier, great job with wonderful realistic rocks and scenery.
    Send more pictures as the layout continues to develop.

  25. Javier …VERY, VERY nice. If you don’t already, think about working with movie production studios. Their always looking for talent when it comes to creating mlniture scenes for movies. Your very talented……

  26. hi kim here a tip for people if u cant find a scrubber to build that special cleaner right any supermarket right over the world will need cleaners and that polishers use those scrubbers underneed so ask the owner what they do to the old scrubbers on that polish machines i hope this one help its free they must throw it away and put a new scrubber on kindly theunis

  27. love your chair idea

  28. Javier; great job. I envy those of you who have great scenery skills. Not my forte. Probably why I’m building a ‘flatlands’ layout. It’s where I live and what I know best. Also, I’m 74, it’s my first layout and after 6 heart attacks, I consider it my one and only.
    Al: the big kahuna bundle deal is great for those who have need for such a large variety of buildings. I have no city on my layout; residential and family-owned businesses are my need. The buildings do look great, and I just bought a new printer with the ability to print on card stock.
    Thanks for the effort you extend with this email.

  29. Javier:
    Ola Javior:
    You are doing a wonderful job. You have made the scenes you presented here look real!!!

    Best to you and keep up the great work.
    Regards, \

    Richard s.

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