• 22:35

    Cutting Tool Tips

    Modeler George Sebastian-Coleman discusses some of the different cutting tools often used in the model railroading hobby. Cutting tools come in three basic varieties: knives, saws, and files. A hobby knife is common in modeling and is useful for making small cuts on wood and styrene. It’s important to have a board underneath the cutting…

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  • 3:01

    Paint Mixers

    In this video, Master Modeler Gerry Leone demonstrates the use of a paint mixer. Contrary to popular belief, modeling experts like Gerry say that shaking a jar of paint is not the best way to disperse the pigment. This method of mixing disperses the pigments unevenly and gets paint on the lid of the jar…

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  • 1:52

    The Spiral Hand Drill

    In this video National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone discusses the use of a device that makes drilling small holes on a model fast, easy, and accurate. Pin vices are common among modelers for drilling very small holes in models, but Leone has a device that is more accurate and fast than…

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  • 16:22

    Hardshell Scenery Techniques

    Doug Hodgden has been able to perfect his hardshell scenery technique. In this video Hodgden will demonstrate his unique technique for creating realistic model scenery and provides more tips on creating scenery. On a 1 by 3 foot diorama of half inch plywood, Hodgden cuts the profile board and backdrop panel and draws the horizon…

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  • 4:42

    Inspiration Behind the Kanawha & Western Allegheny

    In part four of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller sits down with C.J. Riley to discuss the inspiration and technique behind the K&WA layout. Allen asks C.J. a total of seven questions regarding different aspects of layout planning and theming. Q&A with C.J. Riley C.J. Riley has plenty of model railroad…

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  • 4:21

    Making Model Train Scenery Trees

    In part seven of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, C.J. Riley offers a step-by-step tutorial on making trees. He demonstrates how to make them on one of his sheet foam ridges on his layout. In this video, he is in the middle of adding the trees to the particular section so he walks…

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  • 2:57

    Moving a Layout

    In part eight of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller questions C.J. Riley about the moving process of his layout. C.J. had the Kanawha & Western Allegheny in the basement of another house before moving homes. He was able to salvage some sections and transfer them to the new location. Moving a…

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  • 1:05

    The Hobby of Model Railroading

    In the conclusion of the 9-part Kanawha & Western Allegheny series, Allen Keller and C.J. Riley wrap up the series with a final discussion on the model railroading hobby in general. Allen asks C.J. what aspect of the hobby provides him with the most fun. C.J. gives a few answers, as it’s difficult for him…

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  • 12:40

    Hand-Laying Track: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Among all the decisions required to make when designing a model railroad, the style of track is very influential to the final outcome. There’s a few factors to consider when it comes time to choose between hand laid track versus flex track. Time and cost are two of the major influences on making that decision,…

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