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Basic Scenery for Model Railroaders, Second Edition
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Keep modelers up to date on the latest scenery products and materials with this freshly updated edition. New material on foam scenery and concrete roads as well as many new projects teach modelers how to apply a basic layer of scenery to their layout. Modelers will learn how to form ground terrain, add varieties of ground cover, build trees, and add details such as rocks, dirt and paved roads, water effects, signs, and more.

• Techniques are geared toward beginner to intermediate modelers

• Step-by-step photos and drawings are included for each technique as well as full-color photos of the finished scenes

• Lou Sassi is a well-known modeler whose work has appeared in Model Railroader and Great Model Railroads, and has authored several books
96 pages • 300 color photos • 20 illustrations
Price: $19.99
Product Number: 12482
ISBN: 9780890249468
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Do not be put off by "...for Model Railroaders..." if you are not a railroad modeler. Scenery is essential for dioramas and dioramas are a major part of many modelers' joy. Kalmbach Book's book Basic Scenery for Model Railroaders, Second Edition, by scenery master Lou Sassi is timeless and invaluable for any genre of modeling. Mr. Sassi has demonstrated his exceptional work with his legendary Boston & Maine West Hoosic Division HO layout through books, articles and features - and video - for decades.

Kalmbach Book's book Basic Scenery for Model Railroaders, Second Edition, ISBN: 9780890249468, is a softcover format measuring 8 1/4" x 10 3/4". It is 96 pages packed with 300 color photos and 20 illustrations.

Updated with recent techniques and new products, Mr. Sassi wrote the book with beginning to intermediate modelers in mind. Some new additions in this second edition demonstrate creating foam scenery and pouring of concrete roads. The book extensively introduces the modeler to creating terrain, add varieties of ground cover, how to build trees, and add details such as rocks, dirt and paved roads, water effects, signs, and more.* Text and step-by-step photographs and illustrations show the process of creating a miniature world of great realism through 96 pages of 20 chapters.

Esteemed as Mr. Sassi is in the scenery world, he freely shouts out to those to whom he credits his inspirations and knowledge: masters Davy Frary and Bob Hayden, Bob Hamm, et al..

With his experience penning articles, Mr. Sassi's text is very clear and wonderfully organized. It has whimsical parts that keep even the easily distracted focused. Those practices and techniques are demonstrated through the book in a unique manner: Mr. Sassi uses them to create a town in a 2' x 6' diorama layout for his O scale - 1/48 model railroad! Many of the processes in this book were once articles in Model Railroader. One of the articles I preserved decades ago is now in Chapter 7: Ground leaves for a forest floor. It shows how to take real leaves, endear yourself to your wife by pulverizing them in a blender, then drying it and using the detritus to make the most realistic ground cover imaginable. Another series of articles now in this book demonstrated how to use natural and artificial supplies to model trees - even realistic winter deciduous trees. The creating of swamps, marshes, and watercourses is demonstrated "in depth". Furrowing plowed fields is farmed to the great Rich Cobb in Making a farm field.

This book packs an incredible amount of excellent how-to's into a mere 96 pages.

The photography is superb! Many of the diorama scenes are shot out of doors with real life as a backdrop. In many images it is almost impossible to tell it is a model.

The photos include the materials and tools used in each chapter. Each product is identified in the sidebars.

Many clear illustrations fortify the photos and text.

OK, I admit it, I am absolutely impressed with this second edition of Basic Scenery! Even if there were no text the graphics impart the processes wonderfully. I think the book is worth having for the photographs alone.

I can not find anything worth meaningful criticism.

Mr. Sassi has been a standard bearer of expert scenic modeling for decades and this book clearly demonstrates why. Military, figure, sci-fi, civil, automotive, and even nautical modelers can benefit from the wealth of knowledge and expert presentation of this book. It definitely has a place on any modeler's bookshelf and I heartily recommend it!

-KitMaker Network, Fred Boucher



Kalmbach now offers a second edition of Lou Sassi’s Basic Scenery for Model Railroaders. This updated effort keeps modelers up to date on the latest scenery products and materials with this new edition. The latest on foam scenery and concrete roads, as well as many new projects teach hobbyists

how to apply a basic layer of scenery to model layouts. Modelers will learn how to form ground terrain, add varieties of ground cover, build trees, and add details such as rocks, dirt, and paved roads, water effects, signs, and more. The book’s techniques are geared toward beginner to intermediate

modelers. Author Sassi presents step-by-step photos and drawings for each technique, as well as full-color photos of finished projects.

Lou Sassi is a well-known modeler, whose work has appeared in Model Railroader and Great Model Railroads and has authored

several books. Kalmbach’s new Basic Scenery for Model Railroaders, Second Edition includes 96 pages containing 300 color photos and 20 illustrations. This softcover title is available at hobby shops and book sellers or direct from Kalmbach’s online book store: www.kalmbachstore.com. This new offering

retails for $19.99.

-Model Railroad News magazine