Model trains are about more than building each car. It is also about building realistic surroundings for the train to travel through. This compelling introduction to model making explains the mathematics of scale, how clockwork, electric, and steam trains work, and the difference between building from a kit and building from scratch. Tips on painting, cutting and filing, cementing, and basic electronics help build fine-motor skills. Young readers are encouraged to build patience, concentration, perseverance, and problem-solving.