Starting A Layout

Great tips and techniques that will help you get started with your layout.

Building a Layout Overview Watch this introduction of the Woodland Scenics Lightweight Sub Terrain Layout System and how to use it to easily build a model railroad layout.

Mod-U-Rail® Learn how to build the layout of your dreams with the revolutionary SubTerrain lightweight layout system, one module at a time!

The Clinic Filmed at the NMRA Convention, in front of a standing-room-only crowd, this video offers step-by-step instructions for using Woodland Scenics Terrain and Landscape Systems to create professional-looking, realistic scenery. Watch scenery come to life right before your eyes.

Foam Pencils Foam Pencils are specifically designed to mark on foam without causing damage or bleeding through paint.

Track-Bed™ Learn about Track-Bed superior qualities, how it compares to homasote and cork as a sound-deadening material, and watch a demonstration of Track-Bed installation.

Risers See how Risers are used to elevate your track from a flat surface, so you can create low lying areas and dramatic terrain features easily.

Foam Sheets See how to use 1/4", 1/2", 1", 2", 3", and 4" Foam Sheets for layout and diorama bases, to create flat areas for towns, to build bridges and other structures and for other craft projects.

Smooth-It Learn how to use this plaster material to smooth rough spots, create streets, roads, parking lots and other paved areas.

Plaster Cloth Learn this simple, convenient and lightweight way to create a durable terrain shell, using only newspapers, masking tape and Plaster Cloth. Plaster Cloth dries to a hard shell surface ready to paint and landscape.

Foam Putty Learn about this non-shrinking, easily sanded and lightweight filling material that has the same characteristics as foam. Fill cracks and gaps on foam and sand when dry.

Hot Wire Foam Cutter Learn how to make clean, precise cuts on SubTerrain white foam products. It heats instantly and leaves no mess. Use only special nichrome replacement wire. We recommend using the Foam Cutter on SubTerrain white foam only to avoid the emission of toxic fumes.

Model Scenery Made Easy This comprehensive, full-length video was produced to teach all modelers, from beginner to expert, the simple secrets of creating realistic model scenery.

Building Bridges See how to build different types of bridges using sheet foam.

Flex Paste See how to use this flexible, non-cracking modeling paste to create a hard surface, as a filler or primer on foam. Create a road base, seal under water features or to model snow drifts with Soft Flake Snow™.

SubTerrain Road System Modeling roads, sidewalks, curbs, parking lots, or asphalt and concrete surfaces has never been easier! You can also use SubTerrain Road System to level the minor grade variances of any surface, on any layout.

Build a display for Collectible Houses Learn step-by-step the landscape and terrain modeling techniques needed to build collectible house showpieces to fit in any display area.

Connect Split Levels Short demonstration on using Risers and Incline Sets to connect multiple levels on layouts.

Foam Knife The foam knife is ideal for cutting straight edges and thick pieces of foam easily.

Foam Tack Glue Specially formulated for foam and also effective on wood, cork and Homasote board. Foam Tack Glue is high-tack, non-toxic and water soluble. It dries clear and flexible. Use as a contact cement whenever bonding two large surfaces.

Inclines See how Inclines take your track from one level to another in both straight and curved areas, without you having to make the complicated calculations usually required to create grades and curves.

Low Temp Foam Glue Gun The Low Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks are specifically designed to help modelers assemble foam products quickly and easily without melting or damaging foam.

Making a Tunnel Watch how easy it is to make a tunnel using the SubTerrain Lightweight Layout System.

Profile Boards™ See how you can create a perimeter of any height and define contours around your layout easily, using interlocking foam Profile Boards.

Build a Layout Fast and Easy Learn how to build a model railroad layout in five easy steps with the revolutionary SubTerrain Lightweight Layout System.

SubTerrain Lightweight Layout System Demonstration See a brief demonstration of the products available in the SubTerrain Lightweight Layout System and the advantages of using the foam System instead of plywood for a layout base.

Building an Overpass See how to build an overpass on a layout with Risers.

Support Panels See how fast and easy it is to use Support Panels to build lightweight understructure for your layout.

Installing an Under-the-Table Switch See how to install an under-the-table switch machine when using Risers and Inclines/Declines.

Using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and Foam Cutter Bow and Guide Watch to learn how easy it is to cut custom foam terrain and structures using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and Foam Cutter Bow and Guide.

Installing Track-Bed™ This video will inform you about Track-Bed and show you how to install Track-Bed on your layout base. Track-Bed is a sound-deadening roadbed for model railroad track. It is flexible, does not require presoaking, will not dry-out or crumble, and it aligns well with cork.

Build A Display Preview View a quick overview of how easy it is to build and landscape a realistic display for collectible houses.

Foam Nails Foam Nails are indispensable for holding layout components in place until ready to install permanently.

Modifying Risers and Inclines Learn to bevel, widen, narrow and bank Risers and Inclines to fit the track and road requirements of your layout.

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