Henry has been in touch with some thoughts on model railroad details:
Have you ever thought about what makes a layout stand out from the crowd?
To me there are two things, a layout that runs reliably that includes locomotives not stalling, no derailments and turnouts and signal systems that work.
To achieve this, planning is necessary before we even start building a layout. Care in laying the track, testing and more testing. Also setting minimum standards, like all metal wheels, all couplers at the correct height and so the list goes on.
The second thing that comes to mind is detail.
A little detail makes a HUGE difference. I include some photos of small detail scenes, some which are hidden inside buildings, but surprises a curious visitor who peers inside the building expecting to see empty spaces, and then discovers interior detail!
It does not have to cost much either, many of my detail scenes is created simply by how and where the figures are placed to tell a story.
Another area where a little detail makes a big difference is with roads. All roads show signs of wear and tear and their repairs.
When it comes to parking lots, why not add a handicapped parking bay? Or parking meters? Look to the real world for inspiration.
I include some photos of little detail scenes on my layout.
A big thanks to Henry – I couldn’t agree with him more when it comes to model railroad details.
Some well placed figures on a layout bring it to life and give lots of seperate independant scenes.
Take Bill’s switching layout post for example – did you spot the moonshiners? They had me smiling from ear to ear.
And just to really hammer a point home on model railroad details, here’s Brian’s latest – two kit builds for his layout, but look at the detail he’s added.
two projects that I have been working on.
The Foss Launch Co is now 99% complete. Only lights and figures to be added until it is bedded onto the layout.
A reminder about the Launch Co that is is a waterfront building and is showing lots of wear and tear on it. Ageing – (Done on purpose)
Here it is on the wharf at the waterfront. (A few people mentioned way back that they saw this wharf at the back of the layout and wondered if it was ever going to be used) This is the one below.
Adding the details to it on by workbench.
All the bollards were cast by me in resin as I will need a lot of them along my vast waterfront
Some of the detail inside.
All the signage on this kit are dry transfers supplied in the kit.
Here is the second kit – a Fine Scale Miniatures Water Tank and Tool shed. A plus/minus 40 year old kit. Built straight from the plans (very unusual for me not to kit bash it)
added the scribed siding around the tank.
Not an easy task to add shingles to a cone shaped roof. Peaked roof is easy.
Touching up the ‘individual’ planks on the shed
Getting the right colour on the roof shingles.
This is the most time consuming part of any kit – painting and weathering the details on the HO scale wharf.
Making sure that all the details look good in place before gluing them in down.
Overhead view showing the interior detail in place.
All the details have been weathered.
Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA”
A big thanks to Brian and Henry for sharing their model railroad details.
By they way, you can see Brian’s last post, his workshop build, here.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
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