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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?

I have just the one book so far and its by Barry Norman. Its full of useful tips for DIY scenery modeling, but I'd quite like something more modern which takes into account the many quality 'ready-made' scenery items that can now be bought.

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Much as I think Peco are still mainly in the last century their "Peco shows you how to................" series are pretty good, especially if you ignore the Peco this Peco that to a certain extent (sometimes Peco seem to think that they are the only manufactures !).

The new Hornby magazine is also an excellent source of information for the starter/newcomer.

Loads of advice on this forum too - just ask.
 

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I guess anything by Iain Rice will be too left field?

I would look at the Kalmbach library of manuals....Walther's (USA) have a website...and with this exchange rate, will be good value?

although of US orientation, much of the scenic stuff is too well up to date and useful.

what about Ribblehead viaduct, with floor to ceiling mountains?
 

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The 'Hornby Book of Model Railways', published last year and edited by Chris Ellis has some good basic information on weathering and scenery, including the use of 'Skaledale' etc.

There is also 'First Steps in Railway Modelling' by C J Freezer, published 1998 by Midland Publishing, and 'Creating the Scenic Landscape' by Trevor Booth, published in 1994 by Silver Link Publishing. The latter does refer to ready-made items such as existed then.

It's always worth looking out for books on stalls at model railway exhibitions etc. - they are often being sold quite cheaply.

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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 here?

or make them your self?

Once modelling begins, the books will help you with techniques of 'blending' everything in.
 
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