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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
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
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
Mobile Devices, New Article In Model Retailer Magazine

Mobile Devices, New Article In Model Retailer Magazine

What’s the newest, old chestnut in model railroading? Sort of a vague question, but I’d suggest it’s the idea that younger people aren’t currently involved, or getting involved anytime soon, in model railroading. The biggest reason given for this seems to be the draw of mobile devices like our smartphones and the siren song of […]

June 26, 2015 More
A Visit With The PRR GG1 Locomotive

A Visit With The PRR GG1 Locomotive

Several years ago I had the chance to visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, home to a pair of Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) Class GG1 electric locomotives. These GG1s were No. 4800 and No. 4935, nicknamed Old Rivets and Black Jack, respectively. Ryan C. Kunkle, Supervisor of Visitor Services at the Railroad Museum […]

June 26, 2015 More

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