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Book Review
Easy Scenery Projects
Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Introduction
Equally applicable to all scales and modeling genre - civil or military, figures, maritime, sci-fi, automotive, anime - any model that is portrayed on the earth, Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects is book number 12499 from Kalmbach Publishing Company. It is 112 pages of highly detailed content by numerous acclaimed model railroad scenery experts. The informative text is supported by hundreds of color photographs and illustrations. This book is ISBN 978-1627002806.
    This project-oriented book covers all areas of building model railroad scenery, including landforms, terrain, water, rockwork, trees, and more. The book’s step-by-step photos and instructions make it easy for modelers to learn how to create realistic scenes.

    It includes:

    A wide variety of scenery techniques from noted authors.

    Projects using traditional materials as well as newer products.

    Advice that applicable to many layouts regardless of scale.
    - Kalmbach

Written by accomplished hobby author Jeff Wilson this 8.25 x 10.75 format softcover has 112 pages and 240 color photos.

Content
Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects fills those 112 pages with six chapters and 32 topics,
    Scenic contours
      1. Plaster cloth scenery
      2. Building mountain scenery
      3. Build terrain with cloth and caulk
      4. Supporting scenery with foam rubber
      5. How to build a canyon scene
    Ground cover
      6. The basics of ground cover
      7. Make "ground goop" for ground cover
      8. Modeling the prairie
      9. Making realistic trackside brush
      10. Modeling a pasture
      11. Modeling a hay field
      12. From grass to weed patch
      13. Use layered foliage to enhance your scenery
    Trees
      14. Deciduous trees in 60 seconds
      15. Clip and dip goldenrod trees
      16. Make conifers the quick and easy way
      17. How to model Joshua trees
      18. Trees that bend without breaking
      19. Windswept trees from natural materials
      20. Make tree-covered hills
    Rockwork
      21. Carving realistic stone from foam
      22. Carve outcroppings from Sculptamold
      23. Plaster rocks
      24. Get a variety of rocks from a single mold
    Water
      25. Modeling water over the dam
      26. Modeling a harbor and pier
      27. Add a river scene to your layout
      28. Modeling a rocky creek
      29. Remodeling a river canyon
    Backdrops
      30. Continue roads into the backdrop
      31. Creating mirror magic
      32. Use photos to make a panoramic backdrop

That's 106 pages of brilliant ideas demonstrated for modelers by modelers. Like many of Kalmbach’s modeling books the content comes from articles previously published in Model Railroader magazine. The articles are by several different authors, many of which are standard-bearers of the hobby, with hundreds of articles, features, and seminars between them. All of the articles are well written.

The text demonstrates different techniques and various products, commercial-made and craftsman. With 32 subjects in six chapters I will not try to describe all of them. Suffice it to say that there is something for any modeler, whether one models temperate, arid, desert or aquatic environs. This book shows how to make individual high-detail trees as well as pleasing forests. There are a couple of articles that stand out. “Ground goop” makes the most authentic ground cover one can hope for because it is really flora and other organics. Fashioning Joshua trees employs methods and materials suitable for creating any flora with spines or fronds. Trees that bend without breaking introduces a clever device for layouts and dioramas with trees that can get in the way of hands. Windswept trees from natural materials shows how to make ultra-realistic trees from, well, natural materials. And what modelers does not recognize the appeal of the stony watercourse shown in Modeling a rocky creek?

Indeed, whether one models in macro like a railroad layout, or in micro with a vignette, the subjects covered in Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects can be considered essential for modelers.

Photography and graphics
A strength of Kalmbach is the rich use of high quality images to support their text. Many of the images are sequential shots of in-progress model making.

Some topics even include insets listing the materials and paints used.

Conclusion
Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects is equally applicable to all scales and modeling genre - civil or military, figures, maritime, sci-fi, automotive, anime - any model that is portrayed on the earth. Dozens of innovative and practical demonstrations to make model scenery are presented. The text is enhanced with excellent photo and graphic support.

There really is not anything to complain about with this book. This title should be welcome on the book case of any modeler who intends to display their people and structures and vehicles in their natural habitat. Highly recommended.

Please remember to tell Kalmbach and retailers that you saw this book here - on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Dozens of innovative and practical demonstrations to make model scenery. Excellent photo and graphic support.
Lows: There really is not anything to complain about with this book.
Verdict: This title should be welcome on the book case of any modeler who intends to display their people and structures and vehicles in their natural habitat.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 12499
  Suggested Retail: $21.99
  PUBLISHED: May 24, 2016
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.97%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.31%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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