• 3:57

    Creating Black Spruce Trees with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video lesson, you’ll learn how model railroader Martin Tarnrot models black spruce trees for layouts. Although black spruce trees do not grow everywhere, the modeling methods Martin uses can be applied almost universally to make other types of trees. The trunks are made from 4 mm flower support sticks or similar wooden sticks.…

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  • 3:16

    Creating Ivy with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to create ivy for a scene. Martin creates the look of ivy climbing up a brick wall using twine. For this ivy, he uses kitchen twine, commonly used to tie up a roast before putting it in the oven. Holding it up to the wall to…

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  • 3:35

    Creating Sacks for a Layout with Martin Tarnrot

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot welcomes you to another Model Railroad Academy video. One method for adding depth with model railroad accessories is adding sacks on pallets. Sacks like these are commonly used to store onions, seeds, and other goods. Martin shows an example of how these sacks of seed look when placed on a model. The…

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  • 3:50

    Creating a Water Jet with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, model railroader Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to model water jets. Martin’s water jet is made of microfibre and water effect. The water beam needs a stiff center, so a steel wire of precisely 0.6 millimeters thick is used. Unfortunately, Martin’s wire is not white, but it can easily be painted. The…

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  • 2:15

    Overview of the Missouri, Kansas & Quincy

    Allen Keller is with owner Gary Hoover to introduce his Missouri, Kansas and Quincy Model Railroad. Hoover designed the layout as a railfan, he wanted to create a model railroad that was just as much fun to operate and photograph in HO size as it was to view in the full size. Hoover’s desire to…

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  • 3:46

    Decaling – Changing the Number on a Boxcar

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows how to change the numbers on the side of a manufacturer car in this video. The first thing to do is remove the existing number from the car. Modelers have found many different ways to do just that. Methods depend on the manufacturer, on the…

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  • 2:46

    Cleaning Locomotive Wheels with Josh Clark

    Josh Clark has a quick video on cleaning locomotive wheels. If you notice your locomotives and trains aren’t running the smoothest you could try cleaning the track. He also recommends cleaning locomotive wheels on occasion. This could be every once in awhile depending on how often they are run. His method is quick an easy,…

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  • 2:08

    Layout Tips – Coating Tweezers

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone gives some tips for the workbench in this video. When working on the workbench, tweezers are typically used to hold figures and other small objects. Unfortunately, tweezers can marr the paint on the figures, the sharp ends scraping the surface off. Sometimes figures even need to…

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  • 2:18

    Layout Tips – Layout Skirt

    A finished skirt makes a model railroad look complete. Unfortunately, cloth can be expensive and may require a seamstress or knowledge of a sewing machine. National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone shows the cheap and easy way he hides everything underneath his layout. A layout skirt makes the underside of a model…

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