• 7:44

    In large scale and small, ballast is a vital component for a successful railroad. Good, uniform ballast on a full-scale railroad helps secure ties and keep them dry from the elements. On a model railroad, ballast serves to add realism and depth to your scene (when done correctly). When it comes to selecting model railroad

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  • 5:04

    Weathering components of a model railroad layout is highly important for creating a realistic scene that will keep your viewers’ attention. And there are a wide variety of ways to give the structures, scenery, locomotives and rolling stock on your railroad that weathered or distressed look as if they’ve been in use for decades. Most

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  • 5:29

    Allen Keller discusses tips and techniques for laying styrofoam foundations on your model railroad benchwork. He explains the importance of using a wooden beam under any type of styrofoam foundation, regardless of the thickness. The benefits of using styrofoam, as opposed to a wooden foundation become apparent immediately given the versatility in cutting foam into

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  • 5:14

    Weeds are an important part of having an authentic and creative model railroad layout. In this video, Allen Keller teaches you a fun technique for creating weeds for your model railroad scenery using fake fur. Fake fur is pretty easy to find at any craft store and usually is available in big sheets. Go through

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  • 2:33

    When it comes to creating a model railroad, what you do on your layout after it’s complete is equally as important as before. Regularly scheduled maintenance helps ensure that your hard work in the design, planning and construction stages pay off, and that your operations continue to run smoothly. Model railroad maintenance requires more than

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  • 4:13

    Passenger train operation is a segment of model railroading that often goes underappreciated, but passenger model rail cars can be great for creating a realistic urban scene. Such is the case for Chuck Hitchcock’s HO scale model of the Argentine Division of Santa Fe Railway, which utilizes an operation of passenger model rail cars to

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  • Using an NMRA Gauge
    16:24

    Drills, hammers and hobby knives are essential tools for model railroading, but in our minds none of them are as worth much unless you can get model railroad gauge of your tracks right. You can build dozens of buildings from scratch, piece together the perfect locomotive and create a landscape that captivates your viewers, but

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  • Model Railroad Items in a Beauty Supply Store
    5:26

    It doesn’t always take specialized and expensive tools to get the job done on a model railroad. Often, if you look in the right places, you can find thrifty ways to build, personalize and clean your model layouts. This is especially important because model railroading can quickly become a costly hobby if you don’t cut

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  • 4:19

    So much of building an impressive and realistic railroad model is about being precise with your measurements. When converting life-sized objects down to scale, it’s highly important to ensure you take accurate readings so you can make the right cuts and have everything fit together properly. To do so, you need a tool that allows

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