How to Save A Lot of Money Building Structures For Your Own Model Train Layout From Scratch
Model railroading is a superb hobby in so many different ways. The hobby incorporates the whole lot from carpentry, landscape design, through to basic electrical tasks.
As a model train enthusiast, you can save money by building many things for your own model railway yourself. Although it’s often faster and easier to buy ready-made kits and accessories, there is much satisfaction offered building things from scratch (strachbuilding). You’ll almost certainly hear the term “scratchbuilt” used by experienced model railroaders. Scratchbuilding involves making things yourself as opposed to buying a ready-made kit and “kitbashing”.
Building things yourself is one of the many things that makes this hobby so much joy. You will get to pickup brand new skills and realise how intelligent you basically are. Take it from me, it is very pleasurable working with paints and tools, doing wiring, scratchbuilding structures, creating mountains, rivers and more.
You will be surprised what everyday household resources can be used to scratchbuild structures, create vegetation, landscapes and other imaginative things. Even dried tea leaves can be made into ground cover for a train layout. Assorted mixtures of tea leaves give different colors and texture. Some tea leaves can even be applied as a dead foliage for trees.
So before you charge out and purchase plastic kits and start kitbashing, consider the possibility of scratchbuilding your own structures and scenic features. You can save some money and mastermind some creative ideas in the process. Sometimes the simplist ideas work well… like mixing some talc with glossy paints to produce a matte finish. Baby talc can even be used to simulate snow on mountains. Best of all, a little goes a long way and it is inexpensive to buy.
However, also bear in mind that buying inexpensive stuff can be a false economy. The cheap model train sets you find in the after Christmas sales are mostly a waste of money because they’re usually designed more like a toy.
Recommendation: If you haven’t yet done so, make sure you grab Robert Anderson’s excellent Model Train Help ebook. You’ll find it extremely useful!
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