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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Pub Co; 3 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890244707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890244708
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dave Frary has been an active professional model railroad builder, author, photographer, and instructor for more than 45 years.

His photos, plans and stories have appeared in Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, Classic Toy Trains, Great Model Railroads, The Short Line & Narrow Gauge Gazette, FineScale Modeler, Model Railroading, Toy Update, 009 News, and many other publications. His industrial photos have been used by model manufacturers, by N.A.S.A. and in dozens of non-railroad brochures, annual reports, record album covers, and advertisements.

Dave's model railroads have toured the USA, are located in Tokyo Disneyland, several museums, retail stores, private homes, and have been used in TV and motion picture productions.

Dave has authored seven books on scenery building, model building and model photography, and has produced seven DVD's. His web site is www.mrscenery.com.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Will Kalif on September 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have owned this book for several years and refer to it often. It is not just for model railroaders. It is perfect for anyone that wants to build dioramas of any type that look realistic. I build fantasy dioramas of castles, knights, dungeons etc. and this book is perfectly suited for that.

One of the best things about the book is that it is oversized which makes it comfortable to handle while building and allows for lots of pics and info on one page which is very helpful in this type of hobby and it covers all the major bases of diorama building from the landscape shell to waterscenes.

One of the best things about this book, which few people consider, is that it is all about "water soluble techniques". Which means the easier to master techniques and the safer techniques.(no toxic chemicals or fumes)which is important especially if you have children in your household.

This book taught me how to make fantasy scenery -Highly recommended. This is the book to get if you only get 1 of this type.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Boudreaux on November 8, 2006
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This is it; this is the one to get! Dave Frary has put under one cover all the tips and tricks, formulas, and product recommendations for every facet of model railroad scenery. I enjoyed reading the book, and have already applied some of the techniques he describes, such as background painting techniques. If you already have a skilled scenery technique, then the formulas and proportions listed in about every section of the book would be enough of a reason to get this book.

Formulas, proportions, and techniques include mixing plaster, harder plaster, Sculptamold, tinted Sculptamold, textured Sculptamold, tinted joint compound, thinned white glue, matte medium bonding solution, wet water, acrylic color selections, basic paint formula, light earth tone paint, earth wash for tinting rocks, rock shadow color, grass textures, fall grass blend, summer grass blend, tree truck color, toothpick pine trees, making streambeds, backdrop colors, and many more
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dave takes you through the whole gamut of scenicing, using his 'water soluble' method, which is easy and very realistic. I've used it and it produces a great effect. Works well with the Woodland Scenery line of products.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Walton on July 22, 2002
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I'm a beginner model railroader and this book has been exceptionally helpful. It's absolutely full to the brim with brilliant advice and easy to follow techniques. Full of clear photos of unbelievably detailed scenes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Kress on July 25, 2007
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Very good advice. excellent Step by step approach. The book tries hard to keep up with the latest technology and trends. I have the first edition, which I believe to hold a better overall perspective of scenery construction and color theory, which seems to be missing from the current edition. The two editions do complement each other quite well however. This edition goes into a great deal of detail of realistic rock outcropping construction. it would be nice if other aspects of scenery creation were treated with as much detail and finesse, such as trees, water, ground cover and prairie grass.

-BK
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vista Bill Raley VINE VOICE on March 19, 2003
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Dave Frary makes adding scenery to your model railroad a fun project. You'll find simple ways to perform this and often uses materials found in or around your home. This book is a must for modelers. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2001
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This is THE book for any type of model scenery even though its main focus is model railroading. I've used the techniques in the book and can say the materials are easy to come by, the techniques are tolerant of mistakes, and clean-up is easy; soap and water. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Moruzzi Renato Claudio on December 4, 2005
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The information is organized in sections reflecting the stages of construction. For each stage, multiple techniques are illustrated, reflecting the Author's long experience, so that the reader may choose the one that he feels more comfortable with. For each technique, indication of appropriate tools, materials and quantities is provided. Many good quality pictures help understanding.
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