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Getting Kato Unitrack Grungy

Getting Kato Unitrack Grungy

It’s time now to get our sectional track attached, weathered and ballasted on our layout base. On a layout this small I find just a single pair of feeder wires is sufficient to provide even power across the whole layout. I could use Kato’s own Terminal UniJoiner for the job but I really do prefer […]

April 25, 2015 0 Comments More
Wireless Ambient Sound For The Pizza Layout

Wireless Ambient Sound For The Pizza Layout

On our N scale pizza layout I wanted to add some fun, interesting elements beyond what we’ll be doing with scenery. The first two things that popped in to my head were lighting and sound. We’ll get to the lighting as we build the scene so for now I decided to start with the sound […]

April 12, 2015 More
A Planet Locomotive In Brooklyn, New York

A Planet Locomotive In Brooklyn, New York

I think the aspect of model railroading that appeals most to me is trying to recreate the history and archeological feel of the real thing. I find abandoned railroad tracks, trains and buildings fascinating, even long disused earthworks can tell a story. Compared to other countries, here in the US our historical and archeological timeline […]

March 28, 2015 0 Comments More
Model Railroading Work Lights

Model Railroading Work Lights

I had written previously about buying a softbox lighting setup for taking our train and product photos, here’s that article. I’ve had this same setup now for a couple of years and for a very inexpensive rig, I’ve been surprised at how well it’s held up. This 3-piece set included 3 softboxes measuring 24” x […]

March 18, 2015 0 Comments More
N Scale Pizza Layout Base

N Scale Pizza Layout Base

After weighing the size options for our pizza layout, the decision was helped along by a Google search for “round, galvanized tray”. As this is going to be something of an industrial scene, I thought a galvanized metal base would be a nice compliment to the scene above. I came across this 18” wide galvanized […]

March 15, 2015 0 Comments More
Our First Pizza Layout

Our First Pizza Layout

In our previous article, I talked about some of the benefits of building small model railroad layouts, very small layouts, which include the pizza and micro varieties. We now get started on a new pizza layout in N scale here at Raildig.com and I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to this project. Hopefully […]

March 2, 2015 0 Comments More
Micro Layouts and Pizza Layouts

Micro Layouts and Pizza Layouts

I’ve always been a fan of micro layouts and pizza layouts; they’re exciting to build and a lot of fun to watch as the builder’s creativity is really on display in this small size. For someone new to the hobby of model railroading, they offer a great platform to get started with. Almost from the […]

February 18, 2015 0 Comments More
Modeling Safety Tip

Modeling Safety Tip

I find model railroaders; most modelers in general really, are pretty big on safety. In my (occasionally) cavalier mindset, sometimes to a fault. Yes, don’t inhale toxic paint or glue fumes, don’t light fires around open chemicals, don’t sprinkle rail spikes on your morning cereal… got it. Kidding aside, I really am very careful around […]

January 12, 2015 0 Comments More
Joel Bragdon | Bragdon Rock Molds

Joel Bragdon | Bragdon Rock Molds

One of my favorite go-to products when building a new scene are Bragdon rock molds. Made from high-grade latex, in my opinion these are some of the finest molds available for modeling real rocks because they’re molds from real rocks! Incredibly versatile too as they work well in all scales. Below you can see casts […]

December 14, 2014 0 Comments More
Drawing For $25.00 Gift Certificate | Showcase Miniatures

Drawing For $25.00 Gift Certificate | Showcase Miniatures

We have our drawing winner… Congratulations to Gerd Kurz of Australia on winning this $25.00 Showcase Miniatures gift certificate! We just ran all our Showcase Miniatures drawing entries through a random number generator, each entry was given a sequential number as it arrived to us. I’ve been a big fan of Showcase Miniatures for sometime […]

December 6, 2014 More
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