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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
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
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
Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: September 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
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
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

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