• 9:34

    Super Detailing the Main Line

    The main line of your layout may just be tracks and gravel, but you can do a lot of things to detail it, creating scenes that make it special. Modeler Martin Tärnrot hopes this video will inspire you to get creative with your main line. MATERIALS Martin is working with Line Side Set #LINE-0002 for…

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  • 29:43

    Weathering a Freight Car

    Modeler Bob “Chooch” Rivard is known for his Soo Line circa 1977 layout. One of his goals is to replicate the freight cars and engines as realistically as possible, and to capture the look of the prototype cars. In this extended video, he shows us how he weathers a freight car using different techniques to…

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  • 3:59

    Realistic Corrugated Plate Roof

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot creates realistic corrugated plate roof for buildings in a layout. Numerous ways to create it exist – the advantages of the method presented in this video are that it comes out self-adhesive and that the method is valid for both glass-fiber semi-transparent roof and corroded plate roof. (Another method for…

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  • 7:30

    Homemade Pro-Level Ballast

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes homemade professional-level ballast. If you have a large layout, you need a substantial amount of ballast. By using this method, you reduce the ballast cost by at least 70%. (For a video about laying the road bed, tracks and ballast, see Martin’s “How To Ballast Fast and Easy.”) BUYING…

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  • 7:48

    Creating Lumber Stacks Pre-1960 Style

    MRA Contributing Editor Martin Tärnrot makes lumber stacks for flatbed cars – the type of lumber stacks that were made when everything was done manually, before 1960. The lumber was stacked on the car manually and then a cage was built around the lumber to keep it in place during transportation. OLD AND NEW METHODS…

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  • 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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