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Build A Diorama In Z Scale | Step By Step

Build A Diorama In Z Scale | Step By Step

Here’s a great project for getting away from the TV for a few nights, build a Z scale model train diorama! All the techniques and materials used here will of course work for any diorama. At the center of this build is our use of OrthoTape plaster cloth. This is a great alternative to some […]

February 11, 2020 More
Proxxon Thermocut Hot Wire Cutter Unboxing And Setup

Proxxon Thermocut Hot Wire Cutter Unboxing And Setup

I recently went shopping for new utility knife to cut foam with and ended up with a Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter… and the utility knife too! I was watching a video here on YouTube on a channel called Black Magic Craft (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Rlv-ug-mtnXuMwlpcqFgg) where the owner, Jeremy, writes “I build terrain and models for Tabletop RPG’s […]

January 28, 2020 More
Stripping And Repainting | Rokuhan Shorty Locomotive

Stripping And Repainting | Rokuhan Shorty Locomotive

I had a little free time last weekend and a couple of Z scale Rokuhan Shorty locomotive shells kicking around, what else was I going to do but try my hand at stripping and repainting them? This is both a sad (well, not too sad really) and happy tale about my first attempt at this […]

January 11, 2020 More
Using A Purple Coin Cell Holder For A Model Train LED

Using A Purple Coin Cell Holder For A Model Train LED

In our last video project we used several of the purple, LilyPad style 3V battery holders with a built in on/off switch. I like these so much for small projects I thought I’d make a video talking about them a bit more. These really are idea for spots when you don’t want to get involved […]

January 2, 2020 More
Rokuhan Shorty Christmas | Z Scale Model Train Christmas Layout

Rokuhan Shorty Christmas | Z Scale Model Train Christmas Layout

This is one of those projects I’ve wanted to build for a while now. A tiny little battery powered layout

December 18, 2019 More
Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issues: October 2019 Issue Beginning in January 2018, Holger Späing, Editor-in-chief of Trainini Magazine, has let us know that Trainini will be released in an English language International Edition as well as still continuing to be produced in German. WOW! Here at Raildig we are thrilled that Trainini has found the people to do […]

December 4, 2019 More
Bad Bayou Halloween 2019 Video

Bad Bayou Halloween 2019 Video

Happy Halloween 2019 everyone! Just a short follow-up piece on the Bad Bayou shadowbox (or is it a diorama?) we’ve featured over the past 2 years here on Raildig. No real changes to the piece this year but I have shot a short video with the LG G6 and a motorized dolly. I’m probably one […]

October 8, 2019 More
Smartphone Video In Model Railroading

Smartphone Video In Model Railroading

As a rule, I tend not to write articles on topics I’m unfamiliar with but today I’m breaking this trend as I talk about getting our model train work captured on video and shared online. Not only am I unfamiliar with video work, but smartphones too. So this is sort of a double “I’m not […]

September 30, 2019 More
Using Solder Paste

Using Solder Paste

I’ve been using more loose, small LEDs lately in various projects recently and soldering them can be a bit of a trick. While it is possible to use regular solder from a spool, I thought I’d give solder paste a try. Solder paste is a thick, sticky material made up of small (very small!) solder […]

May 28, 2019 More
Lance Mindheim | Model Railroading As Art

Lance Mindheim | Model Railroading As Art

Often we’ll see a thread on a model train forum that asks the question, can model railroading be considered art? This question never fails to deliver a wide range of opinions that will go in circles and often end up back at the original question… can a model railroad actually be considered to be art? […]

February 14, 2019 More
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