QUOTE Can anyone recommend any good books for aiding model railway design/building, with specific focus on creating life-like scenery and weathering, aimed at beginner-to-intermediate level?
the problem with this particular aspect is, the scenic accesory market is changing and upgrading all the time.
which is where the appropriate model railway press can be so useful.
techniques CAN change over the years.....but the basics really don't.
What you need to develope is an 'eye for detail?'
take a trip out to someplace that appeals to you for modelling, and sit down with a notepad...and taking one set piece at a time, try and note ALL the little details and aspects seen.
maybe the odd detail sketch to remind you?
but nothing fancy!
don't forget to include stuff you 'don't particualry WANT to see, because its that stuff which gives a place its character?
for example...if you really want to know what exists on a station platform....rather than what you 'imagine'........for modern image, take a trip to a local station?
note what equipment is there, shelter, lighting, information, safety, weeds and plants, rubbish, graffiti, damage?
for other eras, photos are useful.....not for their subjects, but for what lies behind?
this exercise will give you some idea of what you need when scanning the model shop shelves?
much on them can be discounted?..[ignored]
some 'details' may be harder to locate...ask your model shop owner?
or make them your self?
Once modelling begins, the books will help you with techniques of 'blending' everything in.