Model Scenery Tutorials

Comprenshive Tips. Hints And Techniques For Budget Minded Diorama Maker, Model Train Enthusiast And Wargammer

Photo Etching

About photo etching for scale model railroads.

Etching PCBs. – There is no need to use dangerous chemicals to etch PCB’s. You can use mono-sodium glutamate (food seasoning) bought from the supermarket. It requires oxygen from the air to work so the bubble tank thing would be very good. You could add hydrogen peroxide (sometimes sold as color safe clothing bleach) to hurry the process along.

Very safe and you can buy those things nearly anywhere.

Photo Etching Using Photo Resist –  This tutorial shows the entire process from inception to completion.

Luke Towan On Brass Etching

UV Etch With Photo Resist Sheri Schabb.

Applying And Exposing Dry Film Photo Resist And Make PCB

Etching with iron transfer – Simple toner transfer process

Let’s Etch Some Brass

How To Etch At Home – An excellent tutorial  But the process of developing the photo resist can be time consuming.  Be sure to read the technical data here for how to use the positive 20.

Electrolytic Etching 



Services And Supplies

PPD LTD Excellent photo etching service for rail and architecture

PPD artwork guide – use to make plan to have the product etched.


CapeFearPress Dry Film Supplier – Puretch film.    Has excellent etching demos.

4D Model Shop   Complete service. Includes etched trees.

List Of US Etching Companies


Artwork Design Guidelines – Photofabrication Engineering Inc.

Mastercut Etching Design Guidelines – Good information in .pdf

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