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    NMRA Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone says, “Track is a model too, so it only makes sense to make your track look as good as your rolling stock, your locomotives and as your structures.” In this video, Gerry shares five easy techniques for weathering your track. Gerry provides a step-by-step tutorial for a few of… Read more »

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    Replicating realistic brick buildings may seem daunting due to the extremely unique characteristics of the structural material. Brick buildings have been around for centuries and have endured the test of time. Over the years, bricks begin to narrate history through deterioration, cracking, and erosion. With that in mind, it’s very important to detail model brick… Read more »

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    It takes extra time and care to make your model railroad layout stand out. Detailing makes a complete difference in the final outcome of your layouts appearance. Detailing can be meticulous, but it’s definitely worth the effort. To help you improve your layout, NMRA Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone offers a step-by-step tutorial on detailing… Read more »

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    The Hoosac Valley Railroad was built in 1959 and is now several decades old yet is still an advanced example of fine modeling. Although the main track line has stayed fairly consistent, Dick Elwell is constantly thinking of ways to update the layout. He continues to incorporate new technology and new techniques into Hoosac Valley… Read more »

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    Dick worked for a phone company for many years, so it’s no wonder why his model railroad wiring is so precise and neat. He paid special attention to the utility poles on the Hoosac Valley model railroad and developed fine skills when it comes to making them. Scratchbuilding Utility Poles In the conclusion of the… Read more »

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    Each store bought model structure kit requires planning, assembly, painting and detailing. For an impressive model railroad display, the goal is to transform the kit to appear as realistic as possible. To avoid the plastic sheen, you can’t simply take it straight out of the box and place it on your layout as is. There… Read more »

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    If you are interested in creating a model train layout set in the coal mines, you’ll quickly learn how complex coal mining operations can be. Fortunately, Jim Hertzog has done the necessary research and wants to share his knowledge. There is much to learn from his experience and dedication to the model railroad hobby. In… Read more »

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    George Sellios is creator and owner of Fine Scale Miniature Kits, a company dedicated to selling quality wooden structure kits for model railroads. At one point in his career he was producing 700-800 kits a year. The meticulous craftsman is known for creating kits with careful detailing, but what ultimately sets his kits aside from… Read more »

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    Model railroad buildings allow for diverse designs similar to real life structures. A mixture of building exteriors brings variety to a model railroad layout. A perfect example of this is found in the Franklin & South Manchester layout. George Sellios incorporates a combination of brick, wood and corrugated metal structures in his display. He has… Read more »

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