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  • Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Final

    Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Final

    Halloween is finally here, and so is the final build article for the Bad Bayou Halloween shadowbox. In the last article we had the basic foam shape we’d use for [...]
    October 31, 2017 More
  • Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Part 2

    Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Part 2

    Welcome back to the Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama, Part 2. With only a few days left before Halloween, we’re burning the midnight oil… and torches, cauldrons full of unspeakable horrors [...]
    October 29, 2017 More
  • Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Part 1

    Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Part 1

    There’s a crisp, if slightly malevolent, tinge to the night air this time of year and that can only mean one thing… a new Halloween project! This project was inspired [...]
    October 20, 2017 More
  • Pallet Wood & DIY Stain

    Pallet Wood & DIY Stain

    Using wood pallets in interior design has become very popular, and as I take lots of photos here at my place I thought having pallet wood would make for a [...]
    September 17, 2017 More
  • Model Railroad Narrow Vertical Spaces

    Model Railroad Narrow Vertical Spaces

    I tend to build small dioramas and layouts, and I find scene edges (as well as cuts through the scenery) are always a little tricky. Usually we don’t have tons [...]
    August 28, 2017 More

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Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Final

Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Final

Halloween is finally here, and so is the final build article for the Bad Bayou Halloween shadowbox. In the last article we had the basic foam shape we’d use for our track and scenery. We’ve fleshed this foam form out a bit more and hit it with some very basic craft paints just to give […]

October 31, 2017 More
Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Part 2

Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Part 2

Welcome back to the Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama, Part 2. With only a few days left before Halloween, we’re burning the midnight oil… and torches, cauldrons full of unspeakable horrors and creepy candles too! In this article we’ll figure some box details, and then go on a walk through the woods to collect some supplies […]

October 29, 2017 More
Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Part 1

Bad Bayou Halloween Diorama | Part 1

There’s a crisp, if slightly malevolent, tinge to the night air this time of year and that can only mean one thing… a new Halloween project! This project was inspired by the Micro-Trains N scale BNSF Halloween graffiti car, as soon as I saw this car I knew I wanted to build a scene around […]

October 20, 2017 More

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Model Railroad Narrow Vertical Spaces

Model Railroad Narrow Vertical Spaces

I tend to build small dioramas and layouts, and I find scene edges (as well as cuts through the scenery) are always a little tricky. Usually we don’t have tons of free space to always make nice gentle hills or rock cuts so we need to get a little creative. For this article I wanted […]

August 28, 2017 More
More Thoughts On Cameras

More Thoughts On Cameras

Over the summer I’ve been looking at some new cameras, trying to justify (that’s a red flag right there!) the purchase of a new DSLR. There’s nothing at all wrong with my current camera, a Canon T5i (700D), and as I do most of my shooting tethered on a tripod, it’s in nearly new condition. […]

August 11, 2017 More
Thoughts on Train Room Design

Thoughts on Train Room Design

I’ve been thinking lately about model train room design and decor, and how some simple design steps at the beginning (or at any stage) of a project can have profound effects on the overall model railroad space. If asked to think of a train layout, many of us would picture a 4’ x 8’ or […]

June 27, 2017 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

Useful Tools

Pallet Wood & DIY Stain

Pallet Wood & DIY Stain

Using wood pallets in interior design has become very popular, and as I take lots of photos here at my place I thought having pallet wood would make for a great photo backdrop. On a recent trip to Harbor Freight I noticed a stack of pallets near their loading bay and after asking the manager […]

September 17, 2017 More
Quick Model Train Asphalt Roads

Quick Model Train Asphalt Roads

In need of some quick and easy asphalt roads for a retail project I have upcoming, I spent a little time poking around and seeing what others were doing for their asphalt. I tend to model more rural scenes that include dirt roads or old and chewed-up blacktop, but here I wanted to go with […]

July 11, 2017 More
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

Other Recent Posts

Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: October 2017 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 […]

June 28, 2017 More
Grinched | N Scale Post-Christmas Layout | Final

Grinched | N Scale Post-Christmas Layout | Final

With Christmas come and gone, and Little Christmas come and gone too, we’re very happy to present the final article in our Post-Christmas 2016 Grinched layout series. I now prefer to think of this as the very first Christmas layout build of 2017. As well as being a slightly late Christmas delivery, Grinched actually took […]

January 12, 2017 More
Grinched | N Scale Post-Christmas Layout | Part 6

Grinched | N Scale Post-Christmas Layout | Part 6

Welcome back to Grinched, our post-Christmas N scale project layout. See what we did there? Rather than say we’ve run well over schedule we simply changed the description of this layout to a post-Christmas project. Enough of that, let’s not dwell on or get bogged down by calendars! Kidding aside this really does illustrate that, […]

January 6, 2017 More
Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 5

Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 5

Welcome back to Grinched, our N scale Christmas layout build. But wait, today is December 26th, wasn’t this layout on a finish-by-Christmas deadline? Well yes, yes it was. The 12 Days of Christmas actually begins on the 25th and ends on January 6th, so we could say I’m MILES ahead of schedule, we could say […]

December 26, 2016 More

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