John Parkinson is a self-confessed 'scenery nut'. While for
many people the tracks and trains are the most important
element of a model railway layout, John revels in creating the
scenicenvironment, which is complemented by the trains
running through it. With all his layouts, his aimis to make a
scene that gels, that looks like a compositewhole, and has
He is quickto stress that his is not the only, or necessarily the best, way to
approach scenic modelling. He demonstrates that advanced, difficult-to-obtain
skills are not needed - just practice and an urge tobe creative, to develop a threedimensional
representation of a particular scene, particularly inthe smaller scales,
where layouts can be more easily and quickly completed.
In his personal, informal narrative, he describes how he has developed his modelling skills,
and shares thetechniques hehas used for almost 30 years for his manypopular exhibition layouts.
Covering naturalterrain, foliage, water, buildings, bridges, tunnels andthe like to detailing and
finishing touches, this bookwill inspire and instruct in equal measure.
After a careerin teaching, John Parkinson moved with his familyto Snowdonia, where they
fostered handicapped children,before retiring to Blaenau Ffestiniog. A keen railway modeller for
many years, he particularly enjoys encouraging younger people to take up the hobby and develop
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