Scenery Tips & Tricks
Make it from paper
EZ up Tents, Roll-away
Toolboxes, and Tractor interior from paper
adding those fine touches to your
layout scenery, all you need is a computer, paper, some balsa wood, and
of clear packing tape.
most of my details are geared
towards a “race track”, the given patterns here are things you’d need
raceway. However, you are not limited… you can put ‘food’ on the picnic
pictures on walls (actually, make the whole wall), special signs,
shingles or siding, etc… whatever. I’ve even made custom Tractor /
my layout using the following techniques.
with a drawing or pattern. I
like working in .BMP format… MS Paint. It is easier to change colors
& paste the finer details (like changing tool arrangements in a
for a different look).
should also have a good art program
like Photo Shop (‘PS Elements’ is good and a lot cheaper than some full
programs). The main reason for this is to help ‘resize’ your drawings.
can’t just shrink them; you will need to mess with the resolution to
best product. You will need some knowledge & practice at this.
your picture is resized and
printed, cover the whole pic with clear packing tape. This will protect
Depending on what you’re doing, (especially larger items, like the side
truck or exterior walls) you can print your pic out on ‘sticker’ paper…
with tape, cut, peal & stick.
small, boxy items (toolbox),
cut a block of balsa wood to the size you need and glue your picture
using Elmers glue.
out some of my detail items…
Signs - Coming soon
John Peckham / Greenbrier