Builder Kim’s Scratchbuilt Homes

Once again, the talented Builder Kim has shared some of his latest scratchbuilds. This time he has been making houses to populate his layout. “Hi Dan. I made these homes along time ago. Just been updating them with balconies or porches. I’ve been experimenting with making posts for holding up the roofs. I could always…

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What to do with old and broken trains?

At some stage or another you may find yourself in possession of a broken model train. Now rather than throwing it out if it is beyond repair, you can still incorporate it into your layout as part of the scenery. Builder Kim sent in an email and pics on a project he was doing with…

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Builder Kim’s Windmills.

I’ve had some more gorgeous scratchbuild photos sent in by the talented Builder Kim. Little details like these windmills can really make a layout come alive. “Hi Dan. I built these windmills from junk. I had a window open with a tiny breeze coming in and that’s all it takes to get these windmills spinning…

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Layout Scenery: “Coburn Raceway”

To really bring a layout to life, it’s important to add details and elements to the background which aren’t necessarily train related. Houses, towns and villages, etc can change the look of your layout from a model train set to being a “real world” where people live. For his layout, Guy has added a Dragstrip…

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Builder Kim’s Tips: Signals

Recently I received another email from one of my favourite scratch builders, Builder Kim. In the email he explains how you can take a static non working crossing signal and with a bit of ingenuity, get it to light up. “Hi Dan, This is how to make non working static signal’s to working. First take…

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Making Realistic Rock Scenery

Nothing makes a train layout come alive more than having realistic scenery. In the following how to video, DJ from DJsTrains shows how he went around creating realistic rock scenery, which is perfect if you want to give your layout depth.

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Repainting your Model Trains

When you are creating your layout you may be basing it on a real train line and/or a particular era. If you are doing this you may find times when you want a particular model of train for your layout but its not currently available. In cases like this, what you can do is to…

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Builder Kim’s Scenery Builds

Hers a quick update from the incredible Builder Kim about his latest scratch built scenery. “Hi Dan, I’ve been working on green houses. It’s HO scale and is made from cut and sanded popsicle sticks. On the left are two tops off of dish soap bottles. Either paint them or leave them as is. They…

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