Structures and Details

BUILDING A LAYOUT – Structures and Details

Structures and details make your layout come to life by adding structures and details. It’s never been a better time to enter the hobby. Products are available to suit nearly any scale, time period, skill level, and price range, in either kit or presassembled form. Many kits and details are available in plastic, but you can also purchase them in wood or even brass. As your skills improve, you may choose to make structures from scratch using your choice of materials.

Skills Needed/Developed: Art, Sculpture, chemistry, motor skills, coordination, fine movements
Tools: Foam cutter, paint brushes, picks, blades

Hot tools, Sharp Tools, Debris, Dust and other potential hazards.

PPE: face mask, safety glasses, gloves, smock

The Reference Book – Model Railroading Bible

The Walthers reference book is arguably the largest catalog in the industry and has no doubt been the industry bible for more than 50 years. If it goes on a layout, diorama, or little world, you’ll find it here. This book, however, is only one in more than 1,000 various books about model trains, diorama construction, and building models.

Benchwork – Accessories

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Train tables

There are many different ways to build the support structure of your railroad, but they all fall under the general heading of “benchwork.” Benchwork can be just about anything, from a shelf attached to a wall to an unused kitchen table.Typical benchwork starts with four legs, a horizontal support frame made from 1 x 3 pine boards, and a piece of plywood screwed to the top of the support frame. The end result looks much like a table, hence the term “train table.” Benchwork for larger layouts often requires more versatile designs to con-serve material and provide more latitude for scenery construction. While they may seem complicated at first glance, they are actually easy to build.Among the most popular of these designs is “L-girder” benchwork. This open-frame benchwork gets its name from the appearance of the cross-section of the strip-wood girders, which looks like an uppercase letter L. The other parts of L-girder benchwork are legs, joists, and ris-ers. Horizontal L-girders join sets of legs together, horizontal joists run perpendicu-lar to the girders and give the framework lateral strength, and risers support the track. By modifying the height of the risers you can create scenery effects that go far beyond the parameters of flat-topped tables.

Skills Needed/Development: Carpentry, math, planning, use of tools, dextarity
Tools: Saw, Screwdriver, crescent wrench/socket set, hammer

PPE: Safety glasses, gloves

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