• 2:08

    Layout Tips – Coating Tweezers

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone gives some tips for the workbench in this video. When working on the workbench, tweezers are typically used to hold figures and other small objects. Unfortunately, tweezers can marr the paint on the figures, the sharp ends scraping the surface off. Sometimes figures even need to…

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  • 10:08

    Using Heat Shrink Tubing

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone talks heat shrink tubing in this video. Electricity is essential to model railroading and when two wires touch that shouldn’t, they short-circuit and cause problems on a layout. Short-circuits can be prevented with measures like heat shrink tubing. The tubing comes in variety packs and can…

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  • 6:21

    How To Make A Tree Holding Tool

    National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone talks tree planting techniques in this video. Trees on model railroad layouts often are mounted on a slope of a hillside. If foam insulation or a hard shell topping is used as a base, it is difficult to keep the trees vertical as the glue is…

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  • 22:35

    Cutting Tool Tips

    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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  • 1:52

    The Spiral Hand Drill

    In this video National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone discusses the use of a device that makes drilling small holes on a model fast, easy, and accurate. Pin vices are common among modelers for drilling very small holes in models, but Leone has a device that is more accurate and fast than…

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