Some weeks ago, I spend one night on building up the structures for my little logging railroad. They were built from plastic kits made by Vollmer and Faller.
As usual on such plastic kits, the parts needed some coloring touches to make them look more realistic and less toy like. I use drybrush-technique with different colors for this job. By adding multiple layers of color, you can create the look of weathered wood very easy.
Once the paint was dry, I assembled the structures as given by the instructions, but I got rid of the foot plate. Those were nice for toy train layouts. On ma model train layout, I’ll place them directly to the modeled landscape.