It is often said that a model railroad is never finished. That is probably because just when you think it is done you find one more little detail that could be added to make it better. If you're looking for some extra interest, or just a fun modeling project, take a look at these ideas. Most can be completed in about an hour!
This metal fencing is everywhere. Add some to the businesses and industries of your layout.
While your adding some security to your buildings, why not install some lighting too? These simple fixtures are easy to make and will add a touch of realism to any modern business - even when they aren't turned on.
How about adding a building without having to build one? An old foundation can be just the thing for an empty lot. Not only does it add visual detail and interest, it lends the scene a sence of history.
The railroad right of way is chock full of intersting details. From old ties to signs, replacement rail, broken couplers - these little details can add a lot to any stretch of track.
Here's a simple and fun buld that, like the prototype, makes use of some scrap materials you probably already have on hand. Turn some of your old track into fencing!
From the highway to the parking lot, light up your roads with some working street lights. With the variety of products available today, all you have to do is choose the one that's right for your era.
If the street lights are on, your vehicles should have their lights on too! Fortunately, there are some manufacturers who have done much of the hard work for you, like these lighted vehicles from Busch. Installation is as simple as drilling a hole and attaching the wires - an easy way to add a surprising detail.
Adding age to your models isn't just a good idea for the trains. Buildings show the effects of the weather and their years too. Many of the same techniques used for weathering our train cars can also be used on structures. You can even add weathering after the model has already been built.
A railroad crossing is a great place to add extra detail, and even a little animation with lighted signals or crossing gates.
Enhance any building or scene with a few extra details. Small bits like these etched metal air conditioner kits make a fun modeling project and can quickly enhance the look of a structure. Similar kits can be found to add life to sidewalks, interiors, and any other corner of your layout.