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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Model waterfalls easy & low cost on: March 10, 2019, 02:15:27 PM
Hi! Waterfalls adds magic to every scenery. I found a method using paper and glue, which gives a stunning result (I think) considering the materials used..

Here's a link to the video tutorial how-to model these falls (Youtube):

2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Model realistic Tunnel Portals on: January 21, 2019, 09:29:48 AM
One "flaw" I've noticed in many commercial portals is that they are too tall, designed to clear modern equipment. Running older trains through these giant portals doesn't look right to me so I usually lower the height to just clear my tallest car, an Athearn 40 foot hi cube boxcar.

There are two ways to do this. The easiest is to simply trim a couple of scale feet off the bottom of the portal, The other way takes a lot more work but doesn't permanently alter the portal. My track is laid on pine board that is often narrower than the portal itself. This makes it easy to add a bracket to the underside of the roadbed to support the portal, then shim the portal to the correct height. In doing so I add a  support brace to the back of the portal that it rests against. This makes the portal itself fully and easily removable for scenery work. When finished, the portal itself fits into a slot in the scenery and can be removed easily whenever necessary, such as removing derailed cars from the tunnel.

The end result recreates a once common scene in the east where trains slip out of tunnels with barely enough clearance to fit.


Yes, I agree to that! I also really like tunnel portals with a minimum of clearance!  Smiley It looks great! I have a mountain branch line, which has portals like that. One problem Iīve encountered is when friends bring rolling stock over for the sessions, these might not go through those portals. Somethimes itīs also an issue when running automatic trains using PC-control. It limits somewhat the access to those tracks.

Thank you for commenting! All the best from a snowy and cooold Sweden.

Regards / Martin
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Model realistic Tunnel Portals on: January 21, 2019, 09:24:36 AM
Thanks, Martin!
Love your videos!
the Bach-man

Thank you Bach man! Good to hear you like them.

Regards / Martin
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Model realistic Tunnel Portals on: January 18, 2019, 10:33:58 AM
Tunnel portals are important scenery details, which most often is bought as a standard item ready made. Then just as often the portal will be somewhat misplaced, unless youīre modelling exactly the region from where the prototype portal has been taken. This video presents methods and materials needed to make any type of stone arch tunnel portal to fit the scenery you model. 

Link to the video tutorial (Youtube):

5  Discussion Boards / HO / Modelling realistic Spruce trees (Picea type) on: December 07, 2018, 10:42:11 AM
Hi!  Smiley

Iīve now completed a method to make reasonably good looking spruce trees. I was after the Black spruce type, like in Canada or Alaska) Working time for each tree is 20 min/ea.
Hereīs a photo of some trees made using this method. I hope this can be of use for my fellow-modellers.

I made a video tutorial (Youtube) to describe how the trees are made. Here it is:

I hope this can be of use for others as well.
Wish you all happy modelling!
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Can a flying Witch really be a model? on: March 23, 2018, 01:34:08 PM
Hi! Yes, everything is possible i H0-scale!
Big preparations ongoing here for the Easter next week in small scale! Build a flying witch, paint eggs and get those colored chicken feathers in the bush! Have a nice modelling weekend!

Link to the How-to video is here:

7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Model a realistic Aspen tree on: March 09, 2018, 03:35:23 PM

(Please note this is a Euroasian Aspen tree)
Hereīs how itīs made:
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tutorial on making realistic ocean water with waves EASY on: February 24, 2018, 05:05:51 PM
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Model of a beautiful wooden platform from early 1900s on: January 19, 2018, 03:33:09 PM
Hi! This week I've been making a model of a beautiful wooden platform from early 1900s. The construction is not very complicated or demanding.
The total work time for a 700mm platform was about 8 hours including integration on the layout.

Link to detailed video guide:

10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Modelling a wooden shed with that beautiful silver gray aged look on: September 29, 2017, 02:45:32 PM
Hi!  Smiley
This week Iīve been modelling a wooden shed with that beautiful silver gray aged look outside keeping the inside as naturally aged wood. Works just perfect with the beautiful trains from Bachmann. Link to a detailed guide DIY I published on Youtube:

11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tutorial on making realistic ocean water with waves EASY on: September 29, 2017, 02:41:40 PM
Spectacular modeling! I bow in your general direction.



Thank you Jonathan!  Smiley
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tutorial on making realistic ocean water with waves EASY on: September 14, 2017, 04:41:37 AM
Hereīs a photo taken more than one year after the water was ready. The color is still perfect. No visible ageing effects, like yellowish, or brown tones..

13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tool for massproduction of planks + EASY ageing on: September 14, 2017, 04:38:53 AM
Thank you Ray!  Smiley

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Tool for massproduction of planks + EASY ageing on: September 08, 2017, 12:09:33 PM
This week Iīve been making a tool for massproduction of planks. Very useful when modelling a sawmill, or need planks as load on cars etc. I also die (color-dip) the planks to get either a fresh/new look and that aged/weathered look.
Link to the DIY-video:

15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EASY water color based weathering of an assembled plastic-kit building on: January 12, 2017, 04:27:31 PM
Nicely done! I have used weathering powders for years. Your idea is surely cheaper  Grin and looks just as good if not better.

Thank you!  Smiley
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