• Styrene Scriber

    There are many tools and types of model railroad equipment that are multifunctional and can be used to tackle a variety of jobs on your layouts. The hobby knife, for instance, is perfect for cutting materials, scraping and cleaning train cars and structures, and creating various landscapes. For model railroad equipment like the hobby knife,… Read more »

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  • scalpels-vs-hobby-knives

    You’re going to be making a lot of cuts when building a model railroad layout, and it’s important to know which model railroad tools ought to be used for which kinds of cuts. Hobby knives are great for doing a variety of inexact cuts and handywork on structures and landscapes, but they don’t always do… Read more »

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  • CA & Epoxy Tips

    CA glue and two-part epoxy are a couple of the most commonly used tools in the arsenal of the model railroader. Thanks to their strong adhesive powers and quick drying, these two solutions are the go-to for the majority of model railroad components. However, applying CA glue and epoxy can be a little trickier than… Read more »

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  • Tips for the Workbench - Storing Strip Styrene and Strip Wood

    There’s little more frustrating in the mind of a model railroader than reaching for a wood or styrene strip to apply to a component of a railroad, only to find that you’re short of the size you need. This setback goes for all model railroad parts, from plaster patches for landscape shaping to acetate cutouts… Read more »

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  • Tips for the Layout - Lighting

    There are a number of different ways to light your model railroad scenes, from black spotlights to incandescent runners. You can get pretty creative with the kind of lighting you use in your layout, but most modelers opt to go the inexpensive route and utilize basic fluorescent tubes. Fluorescent model train lights are cheap, reliable… Read more »

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  • Eight Great Tips for Paint

    Few would call model railroading an inexpensive hobby. With all the supplies necessary for building the most realistic models, costs can add up pretty quickly, so it’s important to try to make your materials last as long as possible. This is especially true for model railroad paint, which is vital for adding customization and personalization… Read more »

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  • Kitbashing Highlights and How-To

    Commercial kits are an excellent alternative to scratch building components for your model railroad layouts. Hobby shops and craft stores sell a wide range of kits, from locomotives and rolling stock to urban buildings and farm structures. While these kits come perfectly prepared and ready to be installed into your scenes with just a bit… Read more »

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  • Weathering Structures with Water Colors

    When you look at some of the best model railroads built by experts, you’ll notice that they don’t usually feature buildings with clean white walls and elements fresh from their boxes. There is almost always some form of weathering, especially for scenes set in rural scenes or in past decades. That’s because weathering components of… Read more »

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  • Getting Started

    Model train layout kits can be a modeler’s best friend. For scenes that involve an extensive downtown layout or maybe a variety of elements, building everything from scratch gets old pretty fast. Luckily, hobby shops and craft stores release more and more products by the day to help you remove some of the stress of… Read more »

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