Tips and techniques for building model railroad scenery

Techniques for great scenery


I'll be covering scenery techniques successfully used on my own layout and others I work on. I will address backdrop/3-D scenery integration, fascia, landform design and construction, color, texture and ground cover. I model the interior west, but the information can be useful for any prototype.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Three Sisters
Friday, Aug 28 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Weidler

Scenery using geodesic foam


Goedesic foam sceney

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Painting and installing rock castings for prototypical realism


In this clinic I will show how to use acrylic paints to realistically color Plaster of Paris rock castings. I will then show how to blend various castings together to make geologically realistic scenery. Finally I will show how to blend the rocks with vegetation and talus to complete the scenery

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Three Sisters
Saturday, Aug 29 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Three Sisters

How to use and decorate the Chooch flexible stone walls and how to make the new Chooch Coal Loads in minutes


Mike O'Connell of Chooch Enterprises will demonstrate, decorate and show all the tricks on how to use Chooch's new flexible stone walls, painting and weathering along the way. He will also show you how to use the new Chooch Coal Textures to make any coal load in any size and in any scale. He will show you how to paint and weather the new Chooch Cribbing Walls using the new Chooch/Americana acrylic paints for washes and overall color textures. Mike will also discuss the upcoming full line of flexible surface details, such as brick roads, timber and rock wall tunnel liners. Each attendee will receive a free Chooch wall sample.

Day Time Room Changes
Sunday, Aug 23 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler
Saturday, Aug 29 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Moved to this Time

Achievable Realism


A discussion of the elements that go into making our models and scenes more realistic. Simple, high impact ideas will be addressed. Emphasis on color treatment and scene composition.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood

Modeling the October season


For the modeler who's tried to capture fall colors on a layout but found the results less than convincing. Although the focus is on Eastern US and Canada autumn scenery, many of the techniques and materials apply to any season or region of the country. Clinic will cover the importance of a believable overall color tone, modeling fields and pasture land by effectively blending static and other grasses to avoid a "golf course" look, background trees, and foreground trees "two ways."

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Hood

Scenery - Making it real


Charlie shares some of his techniques for building highly realistic scenery on his HO scale Bear Creek and South Jackson layout.

Day Time Room
Saturday, Aug 29 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
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