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  • 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 [...]
    August 11, 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 [...]
    July 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 [...]
    June 27, 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 [...]
    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 [...]
    January 6, 2017 More

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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
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

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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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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

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
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

Other Recent Posts

Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: July 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 Christmas Layout | Part 4

Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 4

With the Christmas clock ticking down on us, let’s get to our wiring and scenery. I have to admit I was slightly apprehensive about wiring up the PC board to feed all the lighting. As I mentioned previously, this is my first crack at a PC board if it doesn’t work, there’s no time for […]

December 22, 2016 More
Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 3

Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 3

In the last Grinched article, we showed the buck converter adjustable power step down module that we’d be using to power the string of Christmas lights around the tree lot. In this article we’ll see how it’s going to fit in to the layout as well as some of the lights we’ll be using. For […]

December 19, 2016 More
Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 2

Grinched | N Scale Christmas Layout | Part 2

For this installment of Grinched, our Micro-Trains themed Christmas layout, trees take front and center. I was going to use commercially available trees but I wanted to try something a little special for this layout and furnace filter trees seemed a good idea. I’ve never made furnace filter trees before but I do like tall pines, […]

December 13, 2016 More

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