• 5:38

    Realistic Wooden Flatbed Decks

    If you offload cargo at its destination and run empty cars back to where they came from, the wooden decks on the flatbeds are now exposed. Have you weathered the decks for a more realistic look? MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot shares one of his techniques for weathering flatbeds. ADDING EFFECTS TO A WOODEN DECK…

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  • 11:37

    Marv Koenig – Track Car Cam Montage

    In our latest car cam video, we observe another spectacular Soo Line layout, this one by Marv Koenig and set in the late 1970s in the environs of Byron, Wisconsin. This is a G scale garden layout and takes full advantage of the outdoor setting. The Soo Line is hauling lumber in this video and…

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  • 7:49

    Concrete Tunnel Portals

    Tunnel portals are present on almost every model railroad, so we need to know how to make them. MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot has previously covered how to scratch build stone tunnel portals, with bricks engraved into styrofoam. Now Martin shows how to make a concrete tunnel portal, which is very easy to cut, unlike…

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  • 9:01

    Realistic Lumber Stacks

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes realistic, scale-correct lumber stacks (post 1960 style) that you can put on your layout, on center beams or bulkhead flat cars. THE OLD WAYS There are a few ways to build lumber stacks, including scratch building them from thin pieces of lumber, gluing them together and wrapping them. This…

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  • 11:29

    Luke Lemmens – Track Car Cam Montage Part 2

    Let’s complete our journey on Luke Lemmens’s HO-scale Soo Line 2nd Subdivision circa 1979, passing through towns and countryside of central Wisconsin. Luke has spent over two decades creating this spectacular layout. If you haven’t already, watch part 1 of this track car cam montage.

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  • 13:14

    Transforming a Kit Warehouse

    Take a plastic kit model railroad warehouse and assemble it out of the box, spend 15 extra minutes and almost no money, and transform it into something that really pops on your layout. How can we do it? MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot demonstrates. PRELIMINARY WORK Starting with a plastic kit model railroad warehouse that’s…

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  • 8:49

    HVAC: Adding Realism to Background Buildings

    MRA Contributor Martin Tärnrot makes a flat background building look more realistic by adding weathering effects and a rooftop-mounted HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system that he 3D prints. The building is a warehouse. FIRST STEPS Before tackling the HVAC system, Martin adds grout between the tiles on the lower half of the warehouse building…

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  • 12:13

    Luke Lemmens – Track Car Cam Montage Part 1

    In our latest track car cam video, we take a ride on Luke Lemmens’ HO-scale Soo Line 2nd Subdivision circa 1979. The starting point is just outside Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

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  • 5:42

    Super Detailing the Office Shed

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot adds details to a standardized office shed. This is standard kit that you can buy. Martin hopes to inspire you to take similar buildings on your layout and add realistic details to them, which can be done without adding much cost or significant time. Let’s look at a few potential…

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