All Aboard! A Comprehensive Introduction To Model Trains
Chapter 3: Common Beginner Mistakes
While the hobby of train modeling is easy to get into, there are
common mistakes that most beginners make that end up costing them
a lot of time and money. This can be very frustrating and may even
cause some budding model train enthusiasts to give up and quit. The
good news is that these common mistakes are easily avoidable.
One thing beginners fail to realize many times is the concept of
scale. Scale refers to the size comparison between the model set
and the real life train it is based off of. While this is easy to get, and
not even that necessary to understand when it comes to just the
model train itself, scale is very important when creating the
scenery of the display.
One good example of problems with scale is creating buildings or
trees that are too small. Beginners tend to misjudge the scale of
the buildings and trees in relation to one another as well as in
relation to the train itself. This can lead to a display looking like
some sort of bizarre fairytale world with warped proportions.
Overcoming this problem is as easy as understanding the scale of
your train itself. If your train is 1:160 (160 times smaller than a real
train) then you need to make the buildings, trees, people, cars, and
everything else 1:160 as well. This is as easy as getting
measurements for the types of scenery you want and dividing by 160.
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