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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
Growing Model Railroading

Growing Model Railroading

Having been involved solely in Z scale for many years I didn’t do a lot of looking at other model train scales. I became very familiar with the major Z scale manufacturers, the cottage manufacturers, the rumors that Z scale (and apparently every scale) seems to have and everything in between. When I decided to […]

February 22, 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
Showcase Miniatures Intermodal Container Trailers

Showcase Miniatures Intermodal Container Trailers

Showcase Miniatures has recently introduced a pair of new models that should find their way on to any Z scale layout that has even a passing reference to intermodal transit, the 40’ and 53’ ISO (International Shipping Organization) Container Trailers. Made of white metal, these models continue the Showcase Miniatures trend of models that are […]

February 10, 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 0 Comments More
Mark Fielder’s Nn3 Pizza Layout

Mark Fielder’s Nn3 Pizza Layout

Several years ago, I saw a small model train layout on an Nn3 website that just clicked for me; as soon as I saw this layout, I knew I’d want a similar layout for myself someday. The layout is called The Pizza and the builder’s name is Mark Fielder from the UK. I’ve built many […]

January 31, 2014 0 Comments More
Civil War Era Car Float

Civil War Era Car Float

In this article, we’ll build the Micro-Trains Line N scale Civil War Car Float (MTL #499 90 960), this car float is the companion piece to the Micro-Trains N scale Transfer Dock (MTL #499 90 961) we built in a previous article. A car float is an unpowered barge with rails on its deck, used […]

January 23, 2014 0 Comments More
Tamiya Acrylic Paint

Tamiya Acrylic Paint

A few years back, the Testors paint company discontinued their Floquil line of enamel hobby paints, these were a real favorite for many model railroaders. Several years earlier Testors also ceased production of a Floquil-based stain called Flo-Stain and again, it was a popular choice among hobbyists. More recently, Testors made the decision to cease […]

January 19, 2014 0 Comments More
Civil War Era Transfer Dock

Civil War Era Transfer Dock

Here’s our new kit build from the Micro-Trains Line of US Civil War era laser kits, the Civil War Transfer Dock (MTL #499 90 961). Like the ventilated shed kit we built last time, I like this transfer dock because it’s not a structure you see every day on a layout. This kit absolutely does […]

January 18, 2014 0 Comments More
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