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    Tips for Model Railroad Tools: 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…

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  • CA & Epoxy Tips

    Model Train Scenery Building: Tips for Easy CA And Epoxy

    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…

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    Tips for a DIY Model Railroad Paint Brush Holder

    Drying paint brushes properly after you’ve thoroughly washed them can be a little tricky, as you neither want to keep them upright to avoid rusting or store them upside down in a container to avoid disfiguring the bristles. The trick is finding an easy way to prop your brushes at a 45-degree angle so as…

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

    Building a Strip Organizer for Model Railroad Parts

    There’s nothing 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…

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  • Tips for the Layout - Lighting

    Dimming Fluorescent Model Train Lights

    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…

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  • Eight Great Tips for Paint

    Tips and Tricks for Making Model Railroad Paint Last

    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…

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  • Basics of Scrtch-building with Styrene

    Making Model Railroad Buildings with Styrene

    When most people hear the words “scratch-built”, they imagine countless hours spent in the workshop, dimensioning and cutting and painting and recutting and repainting, and so they tend to opt for buying commercial kits of model railroad buildings. But really, when you use the proper technique and don’t stress unnecessary details, kits can take as…

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  • Technique: Creating Quick Trees

    How to Make Model Railroad Trees for Your Background

    The process of creating clusters of trees for your model railroad landscape scenery doesn’t have to be painstaking; in fact, it can actually be enjoyable if you use the proper methods. With the right techniques, you can build an entire wooded area of Aspens and other deciduous trees in just a few hours. In this…

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  • Casting Your Own Molds

    At-Home Architectural Model Making for Train Layouts

    Building expansive model railroad scenes can become an expensive endeavor when you factor in the costs of all components. From buildings and locomotives to rolling stock and landscape elements, if you’re not careful the expenses of model railroading can put a hurting on your wallet. To save themselves a bit of cash, most expert modelers…

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