• Basics of Scrtch-building with Styrene
    14:16

    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
    4:36

    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
    17:49

    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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  • 21:13

    Decaling is an excellent way to add realism and visual appeal to your model railroad boxcars, and it’s a relatively simple process that takes only a little bit of time and patience. When it comes to applying model railroad decals, you have a few different options depending on the level of detail you want to

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  • 16:23

    Mountain scenery can add a great deal of authenticity to your model railroad, especially when built with care and constructed realistically. For railroads such as modeler Doug Tagsold’s On3 scale recreation of D&RGW, model railroad mountains and rock faces are vital to the scene, as it is set in the rolling hills and high mountain

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  • 14:52

    Oftentimes when building a model railroad, it can be difficult to avoid flat, empty areas in your scene. Maybe the landscape upon which you’ve designed your layout is made up mostly of cornfields, or perhaps your train’s tracks pass through an industrial town without much other than a few buildings. For those straightaway stretches of

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  • 8:32

    Whether they’ve been used over and over or sat in station for months on end, train wheels are bound to pick up dirt, dust and grime that can cause trouble on the tracks. It’s important for a fluid ride and smooth operations that you take proper care of your train’s wheels and keep them clear

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