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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
Christmas 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

Christmas 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

Our good friend Jürg Rüedi in Switzerland has sent us a fun new desktop wallpaper for Christmas. Jürg is a Christmas magician with Photoshop and this year he’s created a very atmospheric Christmas greeting for us. Based on a Z scale diorama we built for Jürg a few years back, we have a pair of […]

December 11, 2015 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
Kato Unitrack Weathering Update

Kato Unitrack Weathering Update

In the last Kato Unitrack article, we masked the rails on our track before painting. We took this extra step to keep the color of the gray roadbed untouched to allow for a better color blend when we added the Kato ballast. By painting the rail sides, we also eliminate any metal from the rail […]

December 6, 2015 More
David Rees | BlueRail Trains

David Rees | BlueRail Trains

I recently read about BlueRail Trains and their new control system for trains, but not the sort of control system I’m used to seeing. Not DCC, but one that can be run right alongside DCC and doesn’t need a lot of hardware in the middle. A system that looks incredibly elegant to me that requires […]

November 22, 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
Painting Kato Unitrack Rail

Painting Kato Unitrack Rail

In a recent article, I applied Kato ballast to HO, N and Z scale track and I was pretty happy with the results. Here’s the link to that article: https://www.raildig.com/useful-tools/kato-unitrack-ballast-for-ho-n-z-scale. What I was less happy about was the rail itself, specifically my paint coverage of the rail sides, there was still too much underlying shine […]

November 11, 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
Dave Meek | On30 Thunder Mesa Mining Co.

Dave Meek | On30 Thunder Mesa Mining Co.

During a recent YouTube poking around session, I came across a model railroad video that just made me smile. Not that I wasn’t impressed with the On30 scenery (I was), and not that I didn’t appreciate the quality of the video production (I did), but the video just made me happy enough to watch it […]

October 28, 2015 More
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