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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. [...]
    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 [...]
    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 [...]
    December 11, 2015 More
  • Kato Unitrack Weathering Update

    Kato Unitrack Weathering Update

    In the last Kato Unitrack article, we masked the rails on our track before painting. We took this extra step to keep the color of the gray roadbed untouched to [...]
    December 6, 2015 More
  • 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 [...]
    November 22, 2015 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

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Kato Unitrack Weathering Update

Kato Unitrack Weathering Update

In the last Kato Unitrack article, we masked the rails on our track before painting. We took this extra step to keep the color of the gray roadbed untouched to allow for a better color blend when we added the Kato ballast. By painting the rail sides, we also eliminate any metal from the rail […]

December 6, 2015 More
Painting Kato Unitrack Rail

Painting Kato Unitrack Rail

In a recent article, I applied Kato ballast to HO, N and Z scale track and I was pretty happy with the results. Here’s the link to that article: http://www.raildig.com/useful-tools/kato-unitrack-ballast-for-ho-n-z-scale. What I was less happy about was the rail itself, specifically my paint coverage of the rail sides, there was still too much underlying shine […]

November 11, 2015 More
Add Roofing To Our Pizza Layout Buildings

Add Roofing To Our Pizza Layout Buildings

We previously added a little age to our MTL laser kits and we were going to tackle the decals next but decided instead to add some custom roof work to these buildings. The thinking was, it would be better to have these kits basically finished, except for final weathering, before we applied our decals. This […]

June 7, 2015 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

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
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

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Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: March 2016 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 […]

February 28, 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
Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm

Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm

Previously I’d written about using an inexpensive (e.g., eBay) softbox setup for both my train photos and for my general work lights

November 14, 2015 More
A Little Halloween Ambiance

A Little Halloween Ambiance

Just a little bit of Halloween ambiance for our visitors… almost 3 hours of fun sound effects for October 31st, enjoy! Play while you’re handing out candy or better yet, while your working on you’re layout and remember… if you’re not having fun, you’re probably not doing it right :) Happy Halloween everyone!

October 30, 2015 More
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