Model Railroad Scenery PART 2! Grass, Ballast Kato Unitrack & More. REALISTIC!

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Purchase at — www.greenfrog.com Scenery is not that difficult with Woodland Scenics’ products, and this video will show you how to easily create scenes that…
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  1. Vincent Campanella
    8 months ago

    Makes sense, thanks so much!


  2. djstrains
    8 months ago

    Another option is photo backgrounds, and photos of real industries, spray mounted on foamboard. Is your trackplan finalized? How many boxcars does your siding hold? I see many busy centers, who get switched daily, because they don’t have 10 door openings, only a few. Therefore, you switch it more often, than a huge center. A smaller, but busier center may be more fun! Service them 2 times a day, as a priority customer.


  3. djstrains
    8 months ago

    You’ll spend more money by doing the pikestuff way. Also, you will have to make the roof separately if you change from their plan. You can make a BIG industry, without needing to make a BIG structure. The key is to make it along the back of the layout, so you don’t need to model all 4 walls. The first thing you need to do is practice on free cardboard. Start with cereal box and practice cutting straight lines, cutting door openings, and using a scale ruler. make 2 cardboard ones first.


  4. Vincent Campanella
    8 months ago

    Hi DJ,

    I am a young teen just starting the hobby. I plan to have a ward with a big distribution center. I’m really not sure if I should get Pikestuff sets and kitbash them or just do everything custom. Help!


  5. djstrains
    8 months ago

    I might be able to do a video on it soon. Red over solid green can mean “medium clear” . Medium speed = 30mph over turnouts and such, and then proceed to next signal.  I might upload a signal sheet to my website this week, now that you gave me the idea. Thanks.


  6. Rodney Nelson
    8 months ago

    Maybe you have a video on it already but could you enplane signals I understand the basics just more interested in what the more complicated ones mean like when you have 2 searchlights and its read over green and so on


  7. djstrains
    8 months ago

    Wait until you see the latest progress! I have been getting some garage time, and heading to hobby store for more supplies.


  8. MrMara1a
    8 months ago

    I don’t know what the rest of the world looks like, but you have modeled my yard to a tee, so I would say you have Pittsburgh down pat! I saw the finished product and said, “Wow! That’s exactly what it looks like outside right now.” Great job!!


  9. djstrains
    8 months ago

    That static grass looks great in some pics I saw. I haven’t used it yet, but may do so in the future.


  10. Eric Mayo
    8 months ago

    I loved this one, DJ. EXCELLENT. The realisim is unbelievably good. @8:32 is very, very real looking with that scraggly looking tree standing by itself; like it’s starving for water or something and it’s the only one left. Very nice! Any insights on static grass products like Micro Mark ? (I would post a link but youtube won’t permit me).


  11. TheMisterdan01
    8 months ago

    Thanks for another great video DJ. Good tip with mixing the sawdust into the ground cover blend, that came out really well, will definitely give that a try! Cheers, Dan


  12. djstrains
    8 months ago

    straight from the can.


  13. Chrisracer8903
    8 months ago

    Alright, did you spray directly from the can to the tracks or did you use an air brush?


  14. djstrains
    8 months ago

    I just grabbed a color that was light brown and made sure it wasn’t a shiny finish. I didn’t do the turnout yet, but when I do I will most definitely cover the switch points, and movable parts.


  15. Chrisracer8903
    8 months ago

    DJ, what type of Valspar paint did you use and did you spray directly from the can and onto the rails? Did you place tape over your turnouts?


  16. Michel Longtin
    8 months ago

    very good

    …and thank you


  17. beatleman69
    8 months ago

    Thanks DJ, great video!


  18. Curtis Webb
    8 months ago

    Another great how to video.


  19. Darknachos Choo Choo
    8 months ago

    Killer details. Love it.


  20. James Brammer
    8 months ago

    Excellant these ideas are great. Thanks for the vid.


  21. Greg Grunenwald
    8 months ago

    Awesome work DJ! Gonna be building some new bench work next time im home. Ive got some track ideas already laid out on CAD and can’t wait to bring it to life!


  22. JOSE CZECHSTARS
    8 months ago

    Super great vid. Thank you


  23. Rosalie Rossier
    8 months ago

    impressive Excellent work+*


  24. sjra1114
    8 months ago

    I have the same santa fe train in the picture


  25. GreenFrogVideos
    8 months ago

    You could definitely try it, whatever works for you and gives you the results you are looking for!
    Green Frog Productions, Ltd.


  26. Isadore Reed-Butcher
    8 months ago

    could you just use paper mashe instead of the plaster
    cloth???


  27. GreenFrogVideos
    8 months ago

    We assume you are referring to the paper towel method of dipping it into plaster for hills and mountains. The best plaster types we have used are Molding Plaster as the base dipped using paper towels, then after that is dry, brush on Hydrocal Plaster with a wide paint brush for the final strength of the plaster shell.
    Green Frog Prod.


  28. Josh Gonzales
    8 months ago

    the fabric clothing didn’t work,everytime i use them or putiing it under the water of plaster of paris,it didn’t work.Can someone tell me why?


  29. simcaP60fan
    8 months ago

    should be found at any hobbystore, you can use just normal fabric for clothing and dip it in plaster, works the same way and also as good


  30. Josh Gonzales
    8 months ago

    this video is very good,i already prepared my trains for my layout.But the problem is where could i buy a plaster cloth?


  31. Ramon Ernesto Cruz Barrios
    8 months ago

    excelente vídeos me han ayudado a mejorar mi calidad de elaboración de maqueta.


  32. harrier331
    8 months ago

    because they don’t want to show you their techniques these videos are only to promote their instructional videos


  33. ECWnWWF
    8 months ago

    why are these videos only like 3 minutes in length


  34. mxferro
    8 months ago

    DON’T!!! use the newspaper technique..it does not work as well as a few other techniques. Better if your doing a LARGE layout of cardboard strips hotglued or stapled as a interweave patter for hill contours, etc. THEN large heavy duty industrial paper towels dipped in semi-thick plaster (like paper mache). You can also do the foam technqiue (though adds up FAST if a large layout). The newpaper technique isn’t used really much anymore.. too hard to repair and to control when making hills etc.


  35. IDKWATUTALKNBOUT
    8 months ago

    this guy knows his stuff


  36. The Trainyard
    8 months ago

    Thanks very helpful info just what I’ve been looking for.


  37. chloe7829
    8 months ago

    why pay for plaster wrap when you have it already in the kitchen? I used papertowels dipped in soft plaster of Paris soup. It makes a great hard shell of mountains.


  38. wobleboard
    8 months ago

    I found a can builder’s foam the best. It’s fast, quick drying and can be cut and shaped very easy. If you need to cover item’s already fixed then cover up with paper. Also very fast and easy to remove and reshape. Tree’s just push in. (i use a drop of white PVA wood glue to secure. Just wall paper paste over and add grass. I hope this has helped.


  39. DETAILINDAD
    8 months ago

    why do you have a swicth engine hauling mainline


  40. Jack Muirhead
    8 months ago

    i have started making a train layout just the saME as this layout i saw the pic in a model railroader mag.


  41. diesellocos
    8 months ago

    i used this technque and it works perfectly . WHERE DID YOU GET THAT IDEA?


  42. zombieslayer1111
    8 months ago

    Great techniques, thanks alot


  43. zombieslayer1111
    8 months ago

    Grear techniques, thanks m8


  44. GreenFrogVideos
    8 months ago

    Yes you can use the techniques on any scale model RR!
    Green Frog Prod.


  45. JOHN DOELKER
    8 months ago

    Woodland Scenics makes some okay products. Iam on my third layout and AZ Rock and Mineral makes awesome ballast,more realistic and doesnt float when you glue it down. 


  46. iwantmodeltrains
    8 months ago

    first it’s a company, and second…. why would they show the full film on youtube, when they charge for the video? Use common sense.

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