• 16:09

    Model Railroad Maintenance Hacks

    It may not be the funnest part of the hobby, but model railroad maintenance and cleaning is necessary in order for model trains to run smoothly. From cleaning up the ballast, to the turf, the landscape details should be secured down so they don’t end up on the tracks and cause problems during operation. Similarly,…

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  • 10:57

    Weathering Using Oil Paints with Martin Tarnrot

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate who to use artists’ oil paints for weathering. The three types of materials needed for all types of weathering include pastel chalk powder, acrylic paints and oil paints. Sometimes the bonding strength of acrylic paints is not strong on plastic, and oil paint is a better option. Oil paint is…

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  • 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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  • 9:02

    Fundamentals of Model Railroad Staging Yard Design

    In this premium video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot discusses some fundamentals of model railroad staging yard design. Staging yards are basically parking lots for trains. If a modeler has a line or model railroad with a terminal station in both ends plus some yards and installations, there are very limited possibilities for having multiple trains.…

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  • 6:03

    Installing an Engine Decoder Power Pack with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to assemble a cheap model train power pack. Using cheaper power packs can save a modeler a lot of money, and the assembly is the same for most packs. Model train power packs, or batteries onboard locomotives, have grown in popularity in the hobby. Specifically in…

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  • 6:26

    Hyper Elevation with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video lesson, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to take the appearance of trains moving through curves to the next level by creating stunning hyper elevation. This hyper elevation, or the appearance of trains banking in a curve is achieved by gluing spacers under the outer rail. Martin uses Evergreen strip styrene for…

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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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  • 7:11

    Working with Curved Easements with Martin Tarnrot

    In this video with modeler Martin Tarnrot, he will discuss how to add curved easements. This adds to the appearance of the railroad and the functional reliability. The subroadbed is a 12 mm thick plywood sheet. This first step in laying the track is to mark the centerline of the track. He uses a homemade…

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  • 9:36

    Creating Realistic Aspen Trees with Martin Tarnrot

    In this Model Railroad Academy video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to make model trees, specifically Aspen trees. Aspen trees can be trickier to model because of their unique pattern and colors. Martin makes the trunk and branches from 0.03 inch thick steel wire. He starts the process by cutting 12 pieces of wire…

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