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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
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
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
Soldering Torch For White Metal Kits

Soldering Torch For White Metal Kits

As I begin to work on more white metal kits like the PECO Nn3 tram kit, I’ve been thinking of changing my white metal construction tools from epoxies and CAs to low temperature solders on the larger parts of my kits. The trick to soldering white metal is in the metal itself, generally a tin […]

March 6, 2014 0 Comments More
DIY Files For Flash Removal

DIY Files For Flash Removal

As I began work on my PECO white metal tram kit I realized I’ve need to do some flash removal on the body halves. Since this is a white metal kit, I was hesitant to use a regular hobby flat file, or jeweler’s file, as these can take off too much metal with one errant […]

February 28, 2014 0 Comments More
Plastic Pipettes For Model Railroading

Plastic Pipettes For Model Railroading

I’ve recently been trying out new brands of paints for airbrush use but unfortunately my local hobby stores don’t stock a wide variety so it’s been online ordering for me. An average price for a small bottle isn’t too bad at all, ranging from $3 – $4 each. Add a few bucks for shipping and […]

February 19, 2014 0 Comments More
Badger Paint Mixer

Badger Paint Mixer

I recently ordered paint from Tamiya and some replacement accessories for my Paasche H airbrush in preparation for a couple of upcoming projects. Having never used Tamiya before I read up on it and saw on some forums, modelers stating that stirring is preferred over shaking paint when using an airbrush. Ok, I’ll bite. Normally […]

February 10, 2014 2 Comments More

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