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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
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
Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: May 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 this […]

December 10, 2016 More
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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