• 6:32

    Bill Henderson begins creating the backdrop for his layouts by painting the sky blue. Cumulus clouds are made with white spray paint. For thicker clouds he sprays up close, for thinner clouds he sprays farther away. He adds shadow underneath to give them depth with a gray spray paint. For the landscape, he uses collected

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  • 20:09

    Bill Henderson is able to achieve beautiful and detailed model scenery with mostly natural materials. He uses various grasses and twigs from his own backyard and woods including hagberry tree twigs. He uses these specifically for making trees. Bill starts by gluing smaller grass pieces for finer branches onto the hagberry twigs with slow-drying contact

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  • 4:03

    In this video, modeler and owner of the Coal Belt model railroad Bill Henderson demonstrates weathering a boxcar. To start, a car should be painted with purposeful streaks to give the appearance of bleached boards. After being painted, coal dust can be added to the car. For weathering a boxcar, Henderson uses a black powder

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  • 2:54

    Layout Designer Doug Gurin provides some considerations when planning a layout in this video, specifically designing curves. It is important to consider curve radii when setting up a model railroad layout. Prototype railroads use much broader curves than model railroads, but model railroad equipment is able to negotiate sharper curves. When selecting an appropriate curve

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  • 5:38

    Layout Designer Doug Gurin gives some considerations when planning for realistic scenery on a layout in this video. For a layout to depict a certain part of the country, scenery planning should start immediately. Gurin suggests starting by collecting prototype images of signature landscape features of the area being modeled. It’s important to create a

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  • 10:01

    Douglas Hodgdon from Model Railroad Academy and Track Talk Live is alongside Michael Swiridow, the curator of the Pine County History Museum Model Railroad Club in this video to talk reliable track work and preventing derailments. When Hodgdon lays track, he uses ribbon rail track gauges. The track gauges are laid across rail joints to

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  • 22:35

    Modeler George Sebastian-Coleman discusses the varieties and uses of various cutting tools in the hobby. Cutting tools come in three basic varieties – knives, saws, and files. A hobby knife is common in modeling and useful for making small cuts on wood and styrene. It’s important to have a board underneath the cutting surface so

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  • 3:01

    National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone demonstrates the use of a paint mixer in this video. Modeling experts like Leone 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

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  • 6:54

    Douglas Hodgdon of Model Railroad Academy and Track Talk Live and Michael Swiridow the Curator of Pine County History Museum Model Railroad Club discuss how to clean model railroad track in this video. First Hodgdon shows the different track cleaners that are available. He first demonstrates with a Bright Boy. This is an abrasive block

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