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  • Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 1

    Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 1

    What says Christmas more than an 18” round Christmas pizza layout? That’s what I thought too, so let’s jump into our new layout project in N scale that we’ve cleverly [...]
    November 28, 2016 More
  • The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Final

    The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Final

    We’re happy to officially say “Happy Halloween” with our completed MTL Haunted Hamlet N scale layout and just in time too! This was a fun project and one I’ve been [...]
    October 31, 2016 More
  • The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 4

    The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 4

    In this Haunted Hamlet update (as we’re more terrified than ever of our deadline!), we get all our electrical business sorted. As much as I’d like to say I’m an [...]
    October 27, 2016 More
  • The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 3

    The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 3

    In this installment of the MTL Haunted Hamlet build, we get down to fleshing out the layout, and we begin with the layout base. I wanted to give the layout [...]
    October 24, 2016 More
  • The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 2

    The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 2

    Last time in the Haunted Hamlet build, we got our layout base together and rough arrangement of the buildings in place. This time out, we’re finalizing some of the hamlet’s [...]
    October 11, 2016 More

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David Rees | BlueRail Trains

David Rees | BlueRail Trains

I recently read about BlueRail Trains and their new control system for trains, but not the sort of control system I’m used to seeing. Not DCC, but one that can be run right alongside DCC and doesn’t need a lot of hardware in the middle. A system that looks incredibly elegant to me that requires […]

November 22, 2015 More
Dave Meek | On30 Thunder Mesa Mining Co.

Dave Meek | On30 Thunder Mesa Mining Co.

During a recent YouTube poking around session, I came across a model railroad video that just made me smile. Not that I wasn’t impressed with the On30 scenery (I was), and not that I didn’t appreciate the quality of the video production (I did), but the video just made me happy enough to watch it […]

October 28, 2015 More
Walter Vail |  Showcase Miniatures Nn3 Shay

Walter Vail | Showcase Miniatures Nn3 Shay

To model railroaders not familiar with narrow gauge modeling, can you give us a little background on the prototype of your Class B Shay locomotive kit? Actually, there is not one individual prototype for this Shay. These locomotives varied within their class according to many needs of the individual owners. Many prototypical engine designs went […]

October 21, 2015 More

Raildig Build Projects

Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 1

Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 1

What says Christmas more than an 18” round Christmas pizza layout? That’s what I thought too, so let’s jump into our new layout project in N scale that we’ve cleverly titled “Grinched”. This Christmas layout is based on the pizza layout we started last year, which makes a (sort of) good argument for procrastination. This […]

November 28, 2016 More
The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Final

The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Final

We’re happy to officially say “Happy Halloween” with our completed MTL Haunted Hamlet N scale layout and just in time too! This was a fun project and one I’ve been meaning to build for several years now. I’m actually looking forward to Halloween next year so I can go back in and polish up some […]

October 31, 2016 More
The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 4

The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 4

In this Haunted Hamlet update (as we’re more terrified than ever of our deadline!), we get all our electrical business sorted. As much as I’d like to say I’m an electrical whiz, this was actually my first time tackling LEDs that weren’t plug-and-play, and I found the learning curve a little tricky. Math was never […]

October 27, 2016 More

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We Meet Again Manfrotto 244 Magic Arm

We Meet Again Manfrotto 244 Magic Arm

A couple months back I wrote a short piece about the Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm and how it arrived to me looking a bit beat-up. Here’s that article. A few months along and recently I decided I needed another 244 Magic Arm and… to make a long story kind of short, this one […]

February 2, 2016 More
NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves

NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves

Last January, almost a year ago to this day, I did a real number on my hand while using a single edge razor. Here’s a post I dashed off as a reminder to be very vigilant when working with ANY tools that can cut skin. I find myself now planning on carving lots of DOW […]

January 9, 2016 More
Salvaging Scenic Express SuperTrees

Salvaging Scenic Express SuperTrees

A very popular material for making your own model trees are SuperTrees from Scenic Express. SuperTrees are collected from a natural brush-like plant and they do a nice job of simulating real tree trunks and branches. When you purchase SuperTrees, they arrive in tight clumps. You need to go through the clumps and break apart […]

December 11, 2015 More

Useful Tools

Real Soil or Ground Foam?

Real Soil or Ground Foam?

When building small scenes that will be photographed close-up, I’ve always used real soil as a base layer. I have coffee grinder for milling any real soil I collect down to dust but this can be a bit messy (think clouds of dust when you open the grinder!), and not always convenient or 100% consistent, […]

August 23, 2016 More
Kato Unitrack Ballast For HO, N & Z Scale

Kato Unitrack Ballast For HO, N & Z Scale

I recently needed to build several small scenes in HO, N and Z scale. For ballast on my custom pieces, I tend to use natural materials such as soils and sands, often grinding and sifting it myself. For these pieces however, I wanted to go with a readily available commercial option instead. As I may […]

September 17, 2015 More
OrthoTape Plaster Cloth For Scenery Building

OrthoTape Plaster Cloth For Scenery Building

I recently built a handful of small scenes to use as “sets” in order to photograph some of our upcoming products here at Raildig and I decided to go with plaster cloth for creating the terrain. I was just about to order some of the hobby-branded plaster cloth but at the last minute looked in […]

August 17, 2015 More

Other Recent Posts

The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 1

The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 1

Welcome to our online build of the N scale Micro-Trains Haunted Hamlet layout, a small but very scary layout! I wanted to build this little layout for some Halloween fun and maybe to get some of you to build a similar layout as a great way to introduce some younger people to the hobby. Kids love […]

October 5, 2016 More
Micro-Trains Haunted Hamlet Layout

Micro-Trains Haunted Hamlet Layout

Almost every year for the past several years around this time, I’ve wanted to play with the Micro-Trains Haunted Hamlet building set, usually a few days or so before Halloween and by then it’s a bit late. This year, I’m all in for the Haunted Hamlet, and over a month before Halloween get here, cool! […]

September 19, 2016 More
Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: October 2016 Issue Trainini Magazine is a German language, monthly Z scale magazine in PDF format and it’s free! Hard to beat that. Don’t worry if you don’t read German (but good for you if you do!) as the photos tell the real story in this publication. Holger Spaing is the man behind this […]

August 20, 2016 More
Christmas 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

Christmas 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

Our good friend Jürg Rüedi in Switzerland has sent us a fun new desktop wallpaper for Christmas. Jürg is a Christmas magician with Photoshop and this year he’s created a very atmospheric Christmas greeting for us. Based on a Z scale diorama we built for Jürg a few years back, we have a pair of […]

December 11, 2015 More

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