• 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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  • 7:08

    Weathering Plastic Buildings Easily

    Martin Tärnrot demonstrates how to enhance the appearance of ready-made plastic buildings. At swap meets, markets, and on eBay, you can buy pre-built plastic kits at a low cost compared to buying the kits and building them yourself. But many of these have two problems: too much glue, and they are not painted. With a…

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  • 14:22

    Bob (Chooch) Rivard – Track Car Cam Montage Part 2

    In this tour of Bob Rivard’s HO scale Soo Line, we visit three places of interest along the layout, including New Brighton and Cardigan Junction, Minnesota. In the first part of the Bob Rivard Track Car Cam Montage, we were outside in Bob’s yard viewing his G scale layout. Now we go inside the house…

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  • 11:11

    Scratch Building a Shed

    Martin Tärnrot takes us step by step through making a shed from scratch. Martin has a 1950s-style sawmill in his layout, and this shed is used to dry and store sawdust. The shed includes a window for light and a plate roof. Martin shares his techniques for modeling this type of building. PLANNING AND PAINTING…

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  • 8:06

    Creating Water Surface Effects

    Martin Tärnrot shows how to create model railroad water surface effects, focusing on surface effects typically seen after motorboats, such as swells and turbulence. MATERIALS When creating model railroad water surface effects, a transparent gel is the base material. Martin uses a medium-strength gloss gel from Liquitex. It’s white when it comes out of the…

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  • 11:06

    Bob (Chooch) Rivard – Track Car Cam Montage

    Garden scale (or G scale) layouts are one of the fastest-growing segments of model railroading. In this camera car video, we take a ride on Bob Rivard’s G scale model railroad, which he has been working on for over ten years. Bob Rivard’s backyard is about 35 x 40 feet. The model also runs into…

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  • 10:01

    Trackwork: Building a Helix

    A helix is a spiral-shaped piece of track and road bed that transports a train from one level to another on a model railroad. Depending on what kind of configuration you have on your layout, a model railroad helix can either be placed inside a mountain and thereby hidden, or placed in an adjoining room.…

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