• 10:59

    Model road layouts add interest and realism to a model railroad. Just like in real life, roads can almost always be found near a railroad track. In this video, Gerry Leone, National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader gives his tips for creating model train roads. Leone starts by building a gravel road. His gravel

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  • 3:35

    Modeler Lou Sassi demonstrates how he uses real dead leaves as ground cover for forest floors, lawns, and tree lines in his model railroad scenery. He starts by breaking off stems of dead leaves he has gathered and adds them to a blender, filling it about halfway. Water is added, filling half the blender. The

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  • 14:10

    National Model Railroad Association Master Model Railroader Gerry Leone notes that many plastic structure kits come with simulated wood loading docks, but it is difficult to make the plastic look like wood. In this video, Leone demonstrates how to scratch build a loading dock using real wood. First determine the size of the dock, docks

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  • 3:28

    Gerry Leone is a member of the National Model Railroad Association, and is a Master Model Railroader. In this video, he will demonstrate the use of a unique but effective material he uses to make model grass. Using the right materials can make a great impact on how real a model’s scenery can appear. Fake

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  • 9:23

    In this video, learn how to create a realistic model forest scene. Modeler Lou Sassi has concocted a mixture he refers to as ground goop to create realistic ground on his models. The mixtures includes the materials celluclay, vermiculite, flat interior latex paint, white glue, and liquid lysol to prevent molding. Sassi suggests applying the

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  • 16:22

    Doug Hodgden has been able to perfect his hardshell scenery technique. In this video Hodgden will demonstrate his unique technique for creating realistic model scenery and provides more tips on creating scenery. On a 1 by 3 foot diorama of half inch plywood, Hodgden cuts the profile board and backdrop panel and draws the horizon

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  • 9:42

    In this video, Allen McClelland found a film of the Virginian and Ohio in operation in 1975. It was shot for the Association of American Railroads but the footage was never used. The film gives insight into the crew’s July 1975 railfanning expedition. Allen Keller had the film colorized using paint schemes of the era

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  • 11:39

    Planning began early for Allen McClelland for his Virginian and Ohio model railroad. From a young age he began to conceptualize the ideal model railroad. As he played with and observed model railroads he found that the element of a prototype was missing. At the time, the emphasis was not on the railroad but simply

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  • 7:11

    Allen Keller sits down with Allen McClelland to discuss the operating system on his Virginian and Ohio model railroad. The Virginian and Ohio ties in with the rest of the United States network. The east ties in with the C&O to the west which connects with the Dayton area to interchange with other railroads. These

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