A model railroad is never finished. We've all heard that before. One reason is probably the endless opportunity for adding more detail to almost any scene.
Painters working on the side of this hotel are just one of several small scenes around the structure that await the careful viewer - including some on the inside.
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Little vignettes and details help bring a layout to life, tell a story, and focus the viewers' attention. All of this also helps any layout appear much larger.
They don't always have to be expensive or elaborate. It may be something as simple as a pile of rubbish behind a fence or a few kids playing basketball in an alley. Often these scenes come from personal memories and experiences and they can be a great way to pay tribute to family and friends.
So if you're afraid your railroad is getting too close to finished, or you're just looking for some inspiration for your next modeling project, take a look at this list of some of the simple scenic details that have been presented on this site over the past year. What are your own favorite detail projects?