This report is FREE at http://www.modelrailroadhub.com/free.html To appear realistic and not toy-like, a model railroad layout design shouldn’t be too predictable. A main line that runs along close by the edge of a standard 8 ft x 4 ft space before curving into an oval will most definitely appear toy-like unless clever scenery techniques or props are used to disguise the predictability of track layout.
Wherever possible, a layout will generally looks much more realistic with gentle curves (just like those on a real life-sized railroad), and place the main line with a slight angle away from the benchwork edge. Disguising a curve using a tunnel or hillside can be an effective way of distracting the eye away from the reality that the train’s going around an a simple oval.
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