Model the au­tumn

Man for all sea­sons Peter Mar­riott shows you how to cap­ture the essence of au­tumn on your lay­out.

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Peter Mar­riott shows you how to cap­ture au­tumn on your lay­out.

Au­tumn is not one of the most pop­u­lar sea­sons to model but it can look very dis­tinc­tive. There are now a good num­ber of prod­ucts to help us model this sea­son much more eas­ily, and it cer­tainly can be fun con­vert­ing a green land­scape into a colour­ful au­tum­nal scene. There is no ‘typ­i­cal’ au­tumn scene be­cause every area of Bri­tain has its own char­ac­ter­is­tics. For ex­am­ple, the rain­fall and tem­per­a­tures in Kent will be very dif­fer­ent to those in north­ern Scot­land. That said, there are some com­mon fea­tures that ap­pear with the change from sum­mer to win­ter: The chang­ing of the leaves on trees is surely one of na­ture’s most splen­did sights. It’s not just the leaves on trees that change, as grasses and weeds turn a tired brown, and smaller leaves in hedges and bushes go through a va­ri­ety of yel­lows, browns and red shades. The change in leaves is com­bined with beau­ti­ful fruits and berries, bring­ing fur­ther colours and tex­tures. Farm­ers are in the fields har­vest­ing their crops, and the ground in or­chards is lit­tered with fallen fruit. Au­tumn is like any other as­pect of rail­way modelling in that there is a huge ar­ray of prod­ucts and tech­niques to choose from. What fol­lows are my rec­om­men­da­tions for an au­then­tic au­tumn scene.

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