Mark’s HO scale video of his model railroad

Just a quickie today because I’m in a screaming hurry.

In fact, today I was going to put my feet up, but then I got this from Mark.

It’s wonderful to hear from him again, and if you’ve not looked at his stuff in the Hall of Fame, have a look now.

“Hi Al.

Just out shooting a little video on the layout.

Wind was blowing so strong that it was hard to hold the camera steady! …or maybe I just need to break down and buy a tripod


HO scale model railroad

HO scale model railroad

HO scale model railroad

HO scale model railroad

HO scale model railroad

HO scale model railroad

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Stunning stuff from Mark. He was also kind enough to help edit the Beginner’s Guide too.

That’s all for today – got to run.

Please do keep ’em coming.



19 Responses to Mark’s HO scale video of his model railroad

  1. lionel bill says:


  2. Postie7 says:

    Great scenery, but no wonder Americans all travel by car if that’s the speed of their trains 🙂

  3. Richard Pascale says:

    Great layout

  4. Patrick says:

    That was awesome! The detail was stunning. i wish I had that talent.

  5. C Sodora says:

    What detail Mark.
    Weathering on set looks so real and the rocks look like you used real rocks .

  6. Doc says:

    I have one question, how did you make the flag wave?

  7. Jim C. says:

    Stunning! Great scenery and realism.

  8. I love the flag flailing in the wind. .

  9. Hap Cummings says:

    This guy does the most realistic videos I have ever seen. A real joy to watch.

  10. Jim says:

    Super video. Love the detail. Cool flag waving.

    Jim AZ

  11. Helmut Eppich says:

    Nice video and layout! Great work on crafting rocks. Excellent painting on the background mountain scenery!

  12. Ben says:

    GREAT! The rock are beautiful,. did you make them your self?

  13. Howie says:

    Great job
    You’re right, wind really blowing hard as evidenced by the flag. Loved the video

  14. Mark Loos says:

    Hi guys. Thanks for the encouraging comments, I am humbled. I’ll try to answer a few questions. The rocks are a combinations of rubber, carved plaster and some real rock. The tip here is that you don’t need a lot of real rock, but just enough that draws the eye and then the rest blends in to the overall scene. The waving flag is a Minatronics unit with a small fan installed in the base blowing upward. The video is just my IPhone. As for talent, I probably have less then you. (I’m actually a retired aerospace engineer) So my tip here is find someone with artistic or creative talent and have them give you an honest, blunt evaluation of your efforts. Don’t be afraid to rip it all out and start over if you’re not satisfied. Lastly, let others help you with things you’re not good at. A neighbor’s sister was visiting and asked me if I would like her to paint something on the back wall. I figured “why not”? I can always paint over it when she leaves. Four hours later the result was a good rendition of Mt. Charleston right here in the Las Vegas area! Now that’s talent! p.s. There’s a “speed restriction” at Thunder Mt., hence the slow speed. Cheers! Mark <

  15. Ian McDonald says:

    great video nice scenery thanks for sharing

  16. David Hannan says:

    You should be very proud of your achievements! Stunning!

    Dirty Dave

  17. Jim Sulkosky says:

    Looks great Mark

  18. Bob Penney says:

    I love the videos of model train layouts. However, if I may make an observation, someone needs to do a video on how to take a video of a layout. A few tips will improve a 100% the viewing aspect of the layout. 1st, the photographer needs to use a tripod. 2nd, all shots should be smooth and slow. 3rd, zooming should be RARE starting up close and then pulling back (this means stop the video–zoom in close–restart the video and slowly zoom out. 4th, no swinging the cam from side to side to show “the whole set in a blink of an eye”. If that shot has value move SLOWLY, SMOOTHLY to one side only–not back and forth or up and down. Think of videoing like a surgeon at work, no sudden or jerky moves. One way to critique ones video is to look at the top or bottom edge of the video and notice the movement, if it is not level, smooth, and slow, redo. One last tip spend a little extra time on specific scenes not how many scenes I can get in a 15 second shot. All the layouts are great. The creativity, ingenuity all wonderful ideas I have gained from looking at different layouts. I am always learning from others. FYI…In my younger years I did a lot of movie filming as well as still photography. I had to stop as my work grew beyond the time I had available. Now retired and in my mid 70’s I am rekindling my interest in modeling a garden railroad and an indoor HO scale layout. Sorry for the run-on but I hope this helps viewing railroad layouts more pleasurable. …….bob here.

  19. Bob Penney says:

    Bob here again….I need to explain. I just viewed a garden RR…hand held video. I have also watched many other videos similarly done…thus my observation…thanks.

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