• 5:26

    Modeling Gravel Roads with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video Martin Tarnrot demonstrates his method of making HO scale roads, and in particular, gravel roads. There are many methods to achieve a nice looking result, but the method he has used throughout my entire layout. For this video instruction, Martin made a small diagram, made from two inch thick Styrofoam. He prefers…

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  • 6:06

    Tour Chooch Rivard’s Model Railroad Layout

    In this Model Railroad Academy video, take a tour through Chooch Rivard’s model railroad layout as it runs through an operating session. Shot from the perspective of the conductor, this tour provides a great inside view of the layout. Chooch’s model railroad layout features flat land, green scenery, blue skies, utility poles and much more.…

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  • 4:26

    Creating Old-Style Model Street Lights with Martin Tarnrot

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate his technique for making model street lights in the old style with wooden poles. The material required is 2.5 mm PVC tubing, 0.7 mm brass tubing, SMD type LED lights with copper wires, and the lamp housing. To start, Martin gives the tubing some surface structure using a coarse sanding…

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  • 2:06

    Overview of the Mississippi, Alabama & Gulf

    This is the gorgeous Mississippi Alabama and Gulf model railroad of Cliff Powers. This HO scale railroad is 2 decks, but will eventually be three decks when finished. The model proportion of the railroad runs from Meridian, Mississippi to New Orleans in 1955. The scenery on this layout is simply stunning, with the use of…

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  • 6:36

    Touring the Mississippi, Alabama & Gulf

    Here on the HO scale Mississippi, Alabama & Gulf model railroad of Cliff Powers, the tour begins as F units pass Crandel’s Store and Roscoe’s Engine Repair. The line crosses the Pearl River over the swing bridge and enters Mississippi at the Graves Pulp Mill. At Edna, Engine Number 4019 rolls by Shram Manufacturing at…

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  • 11:17

    Operations on the Mississippi, Alabama & Gulf

    Operations on the Mississippi, Alabama & Gulf model railroad of Cliff Powers starts as Train 33 enters Wharton powered by 282 Number 1526. The MA&G Makato is on the way to New Orleans and Number 33 has work at the Dappler feed mill. The Makato will set out two boxcars, an MA&G, and a Mississippi…

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  • 8:57

    Owner Inspiration & Techniques for the MA&G

    Cliff Powers’s Mississippi, Alabama and Gulf model railroad runs from Chattanooga to Houston. Allen Keller asks how much of that route Cliff actually modeled. Cliff has a division that runs from Meridian to New Orleans, which is the main part of the route he modeled. There’s a section south of Haddiesburg, that runs from the…

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  • 7:59

    Making Plowed Fields with Cliff Powers

    The first step in creating a field for a model railroad layout is to create a sub-base, according to modeler Cliff Powers. In Cliff’s case, he has created the subbase out of sculpt-a-mould, for a more natural looking ground. From cardboard, he wants to pull out the middle corrugated section. The first step in doing…

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  • 9:43

    Making Fence Posts with Barbed Wire

    Modeler Cliff Powers uses toothpicks to make fences for his Mississippi, Alabama and Gulf model railroad. He uses the toothpicks that are already pre-notched which works particularly well for barbed wire because of the even spacing. He stains the wood with alcohol and India Ink before he brings them to the layout. With a ruler,…

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