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  • Touring the East Canyon Springs
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    Making use of model railroad structure kits doesn’t mean your layout will be cookie cutter. Craftsman kits offer major opportunity for customization, creativity, and originality. The Musselshell & Yogo Peak Model Railroad designed by Bill Briggs offers an excellent example of this. The highly detailed buildings of the M&YP are primarily made from kits. Each… Read more »

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  • Tips for Model Railroading Tools: Parallel Jaw Pliers
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    Model railroading construction requires various tools depending on the task at hand. You likely already have most of the basic tools you will need for your model railroad in your toolbox, but there are some tools you may have never heard of that can make your modeling process much easier. Most specialized tools are fairly… Read more »

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  • A Behind the Scenes Tour of Hoosac Valley Railroad
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    For an example of highly detailed landscapes and realistic scenery, look no further than the Hoosac Valley model railroad designed and constructed by Dick Elwell. His display showcases his precision, thoroughness, and dedication to the craft of railroad modeling. Around every corner is an impressive display of craftsmanship. A layout such as this inspires the… Read more »

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  • Hand Laid Turnouts
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    There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing track for your model railroad. Code 55 or 40 is appropriate for N scale mainline but unfortunately turnouts aren’t widely distributed for either. In this case, factory made track is not always available making hand laid turnouts the only solution for building this particular scale…. Read more »

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    For master modeler and kit builder George Sellios, there’s no big secret or unorthodox technique necessary for creating a realistic scene, it’s all about keeping things simple while adding as much detail as possible. In this segment, host Allen Keller sits down with George Sellios to find out what model railroad scenery techniques he uses… Read more »

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    Track plans evolve over the lifetime of a layout, and often we’re faced with expanding a scene and we need to add model railroad turnouts to our existing model train layout design. As we learn from NMRA Master Model Railroader, Gerry Leone, it’s not that difficult and, in fact, can be relatively easy. How to… Read more »

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  • Creating Realistic Model Railway Trees
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    Allen Keller describes Dick Elwell’s scenery as “state of the art.” Unlike most modelers, Dick doesn’t use sawdust, zip texturing, ground foam, or poly-fiber to create model railway trees. He has advanced from these techniques and uses 90% wild oregano for the foliage on his Hoosac Valley model railroad layout. Creating Realistic Model Railway Trees… Read more »

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  • Techniques for Creating Model Scenery with Hydrocal
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    There are multiple ways to create model scenery, but Dick Elwell swears by Hydrocal for his Hoosac Valley layout. Hydrocal is a mixture of plaster that hardens to create molds. It can be handy for making mountainous formations and other various model scenery. Dick believes it is a great product to use, but many people… Read more »

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  • Tips on Detailing Model Railway Roads
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    All the scenic material used on the Hoosac Valley Railroad comes from Dick Elwell’s backyard. Using natural materials such as soil from the earth on your model railway roads enhances your layout and bring the realism to new levels. You can purchase materials from a craft store to create model railway roads, but why not… Read more »

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  • Tips for Model Railroading Tools: Parallel Jaw Pliers
    2:39

    Model railroading construction requires various tools depending on the task at hand. You likely already have most of the basic tools you will need for your model railroad in your toolbox, but there are some tools you may have never heard of that can make your modeling process much easier. Most specialized tools are fairly… Read more »

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  • Tips for the Workbench: Keeping Nuts and Bolts Organized
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    A model railroad display, by its very nature, is miniature. The N scale is one of the smallest scale measurements with a ratio of 1:160. Small buildings nestle amongst the town, tiny people occupy the sidewalks, pocket-sized trees fill the landscape, and little trains run the tracks in model railroad layouts. Modeling is a work… Read more »

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    Jim Hertzog had no choice but to master concrete model train roads for his Reading Railroad layout as they are typical of Pennsylvania. Concrete can be tricky to recreate as its subject to cracking and breaking over a period of time. Jim has developed a simple method of creating concrete roads by using styrene and… Read more »

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