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The Basics of Model Railroad Buildings

Jun 11, 2008
Even if you aren't an architect you can enjoy making model railroad buildings. Sometimes it's just too hard to find that perfect building or bridge or train station that we can picture so we may just have to build it on our own.

So is it complicated? Do you have to be educated or handy with tools or can you just use what you find around the house?

In reality building a quality replica can involve some detailed miter cuts and depending on the scale you are working in may require some advanced woodworking skills and tools. However there is always the 'kitbashing' method, where you take existing models and use parts of them to start your building, then modify it as needed.

All you will need for this is your imagination and a few basic tools such as an X-acto knife and scissors.

Some other items that are useful could include balsa wood and glue, foam, mat board and cardboard and maybe even lightweight plastic.

Plaster and corkboard, gold and silver foil, spray adhesives and even beads and glitter can also be useful. Most of these materials are very inexpensive and can be found at local hobby supply stores.

Where to find Further Ideas

Tips and articles on working with these materials have been printed in many magazines that you may want to see if you can find either in a 2nd hand bookstore or by demand at your local library.
About the Author
Looking for information on building a train table? You'll find plenty of helpful information at The Model Railroader. Visit www.TheModelRailroader.com to get a free copy of my report "Model Train Design Secrets"
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