When I am including or making details, either from kits or from scratch, the primary focus is on authenticity. Each is nicely crafted, painted and weathered, and can be placed to achieve a highly authentic and realistic appearance.
Sawmill workers earning their keep in the high country of Colorado along the D&RGW on the Douglas Creek HOn3 layout. Details are essential in creating great looking scenes on your layout.
An extra long staircase was needed for the Smith Mine HO diorama. This staircase was assembled using Rusty Stumps laser cut stairs with scratch built landings and railings.
Telephone poles make great details. This HO scale three-pole version featured some transformers and a telephone box. Stringing your poles after planting also is a nice realistic touch.
In the center of the above photo is a small little campfire lighting effect for a hobo camp on the Poco Grande N scale layout.
A car card system and fascia mounted boxes from Micro-Mark are a nice layout detail to add if you are interested in operating trains in a realistic way.
In the above photo, I am in the initial phase of laying out the catenary system for the Bemo RhB layout. These poles are all metal and all need to be soldered together. Getting the top catenary crossmembers level and the poles plumb is absolutely critical. Each is marked, taken to the workbench and assembled. Modeling a good looking catenary system takes patience and attention to detail at every step.
Fencing is always a nice detail. This photo shows the Gold Metal Model’s N scale etched metal chain link fence painted, weathered and installed on the Poco Grande N scale layout.
Don’t forget EOT’s for the ends of your modern trains. The one in the photo is from Ring Engineering and operate perfectly for DCC layouts.
Tramway cars for the Smith Mine HO Diorama. Nice little metal kits. If assembled correctly all parts move as they should. Each one is very small, detailed and took some patience to prep for assembly.
I know these were published as a project article in Model Roader, and I think I’ve seen these modern antennae farms available as kits now. This is a version that I scratch made before I saw them in the magazine while doing some super detailing projects on one of my SD-70’s.
Slide fence poles are essential if you are modeling a scene where track that has a high vertical rocky “wall” next to it. Although commonly overlooked, these fences exist in mass in the Weber Canyon here in Utah. I made these for installation on the Weber Canyon HO layout to match the prototype I saw in the canyon.
Little details like is pedestrian walkway across the tracks from a station to a platform add scenic interest to a layout and are easy to make and add.
As well as being signals, these traffic lights from Berkshire Junction are a super neat detail that certainly creates a lot of interest on any layout.
Bridge abutments are both details and structures. These are hand carved MDF models made for the Weber Canyon HO scale layout’s twin truss bridges.
The welding torch effect inside the loco shop creates a scene that gives the impression that there is actually something going on in that shop. When adding details like this lighting effect, it’s always a good idea to be able to have a way to turn them on or off as needed.
End-of-track bumping posts or other type of “wheel-stop” can be a fun and unique detail to model. This example matches the prototype found on the siding at the Spinas station spur which I modeled on the Bemo RhB layout.
Fencing as needed, where needed, is a simple scenic break between structures or other scenic elements. This example is of some standard N scale six foot fencing separating a row of houses from the tracks.