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  • Aging The MTL Kits

    Aging The MTL Kits

    Just a quick post tonight as it’s already 3:40 AM, seriously, how do I manage to lose a couple of hours whenever I’m working with trains and kits? Missing time [...]
    May 27, 2015 More
  • Pre-Decal Paint For Our Yard Kits

    Pre-Decal Paint For Our Yard Kits

    For some time now, I’ve wanted to make my own water slide decals and I think the Micro-Trains kits I’ve built for the pizza layout are some great decal candidates! [...]
    May 23, 2015 0 Comments More
  • MTL Laser Kits For The Pizza Layout

    MTL Laser Kits For The Pizza Layout

    After getting our Kato Compact Unitrack grungy in the last article, it’s time to look to the structures for our pizza layout. Since I’m working on the idea of a [...]
    May 11, 2015 0 Comments More
  • Getting Kato Unitrack Grungy

    Getting Kato Unitrack Grungy

    It’s time now to get our sectional track attached, weathered and ballasted on our layout base. On a layout this small I find just a single pair of feeder wires [...]
    April 25, 2015 0 Comments More
  • Wireless Ambient Sound For The Pizza Layout

    Wireless Ambient Sound For The Pizza Layout

    On our N scale pizza layout I wanted to add some fun, interesting elements beyond what we’ll be doing with scenery. The first two things that popped in to my [...]
    April 12, 2015 0 Comments More

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Aging The MTL Kits

Aging The MTL Kits

Just a quick post tonight as it’s already 3:40 AM, seriously, how do I manage to lose a couple of hours whenever I’m working with trains and kits? Missing time aside, I thought I’d take a few photos just prior to the decal work I’ll be doing on these kits. I’ve added the Grandt Line […]

May 27, 2015 More
Pre-Decal Paint For Our Yard Kits

Pre-Decal Paint For Our Yard Kits

For some time now, I’ve wanted to make my own water slide decals and I think the Micro-Trains kits I’ve built for the pizza layout are some great decal candidates! Late last year I picked up an HP Color LaserJet for work but (much as I hate to admit it) have yet to try my […]

May 23, 2015 0 Comments More
MTL Laser Kits For The Pizza Layout

MTL Laser Kits For The Pizza Layout

After getting our Kato Compact Unitrack grungy in the last article, it’s time to look to the structures for our pizza layout. Since I’m working on the idea of a yard-flavored scene with this layout, I looked at the Micro-Trains Line Yard Structures Kit that includes 3 kits with relatively small footprints. This kit set […]

May 11, 2015 0 Comments More

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A Planet Locomotive In Brooklyn, New York

A Planet Locomotive In Brooklyn, New York

I think the aspect of model railroading that appeals most to me is trying to recreate the history and archeological feel of the real thing. I find abandoned railroad tracks, trains and buildings fascinating, even long disused earthworks can tell a story. Compared to other countries, here in the US our historical and archeological timeline […]

March 28, 2015 0 Comments More
Model Railroading Work Lights

Model Railroading Work Lights

I had written previously about buying a softbox lighting setup for taking our train and product photos, here’s that article. I’ve had this same setup now for a couple of years and for a very inexpensive rig, I’ve been surprised at how well it’s held up. This 3-piece set included 3 softboxes measuring 24” x […]

March 18, 2015 0 Comments More
Modeling Safety Tip

Modeling Safety Tip

I find model railroaders; most modelers in general really, are pretty big on safety. In my (occasionally) cavalier mindset, sometimes to a fault. Yes, don’t inhale toxic paint or glue fumes, don’t light fires around open chemicals, don’t sprinkle rail spikes on your morning cereal… got it. Kidding aside, I really am very careful around […]

January 12, 2015 0 Comments More

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Joel Bragdon | Bragdon Rock Molds

Joel Bragdon | Bragdon Rock Molds

One of my favorite go-to products when building a new scene are Bragdon rock molds. Made from high-grade latex, in my opinion these are some of the finest molds available for modeling real rocks because they’re molds from real rocks! Incredibly versatile too as they work well in all scales. Below you can see casts […]

December 14, 2014 0 Comments More
Chris Lane, Editor | Carstens On30, HOn3 Annuals

Chris Lane, Editor | Carstens On30, HOn3 Annuals

For someone brand new to or just curious about On30, what do you feel are On30’s biggest strengths, its main appeal? The main appeal is that it allows someone with an interest in narrow gauge to dip their toe in the water and see if it is for them, without a huge commitment of time […]

August 23, 2014 2 Comments More
Tony Cook Of Model Railroad News

Tony Cook Of Model Railroad News

Can you give us a little history of Model Railroad News (MRN) magazine? Model Railroad News has served the hobby for two decades. The magazine is unique in its new product orientation. Readers of this hobby magazine receive news and announcements on just released and coming new products in all popular scales of model railroading. […]

April 2, 2014 0 Comments More

Useful Tools

Model Parts Holder For Airbrushing

Model Parts Holder For Airbrushing

Holding small, and not so small, parts in place when you’re airbrushing a model can be a delicate operation. You want to get a good even coat of paint and as important, you don’t want to ruin that coat of paint by leaving any smudges or worse, a partial fingerprint. There are several commercial part-holding […]

March 10, 2014 2 Comments More
Soldering Torch For White Metal Kits

Soldering Torch For White Metal Kits

As I begin to work on more white metal kits like the PECO Nn3 tram kit, I’ve been thinking of changing my white metal construction tools from epoxies and CAs to low temperature solders on the larger parts of my kits. The trick to soldering white metal is in the metal itself, generally a tin […]

March 6, 2014 0 Comments More
DIY Files For Flash Removal

DIY Files For Flash Removal

As I began work on my PECO white metal tram kit I realized I’ve need to do some flash removal on the body halves. Since this is a white metal kit, I was hesitant to use a regular hobby flat file, or jeweler’s file, as these can take off too much metal with one errant […]

February 28, 2014 0 Comments More

Other Recent Posts

Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: May 2015 Issue Trainini Magazine is a German language, monthly Z scale magazine in PDF format and it’s free! Hard to beat that. Each issue link will open in a new window for easy reading. Don’t worry if you don’t read German (but good for you if you do!) as the photos tell […]

May 27, 2015 More
N Scale Pizza Layout Base

N Scale Pizza Layout Base

After weighing the size options for our pizza layout, the decision was helped along by a Google search for “round, galvanized tray”. As this is going to be something of an industrial scene, I thought a galvanized metal base would be a nice compliment to the scene above. I came across this 18” wide galvanized […]

March 15, 2015 2 Comments More
Our First Pizza Layout

Our First Pizza Layout

In our previous article, I talked about some of the benefits of building small model railroad layouts, very small layouts, which include the pizza and micro varieties. We now get started on a new pizza layout in N scale here at Raildig.com and I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to this project. Hopefully […]

March 2, 2015 4 Comments More
Micro Layouts and Pizza Layouts

Micro Layouts and Pizza Layouts

I’ve always been a fan of micro layouts and pizza layouts; they’re exciting to build and a lot of fun to watch as the builder’s creativity is really on display in this small size. For someone new to the hobby of model railroading, they offer a great platform to get started with. Almost from the […]

February 18, 2015 0 Comments More
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