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The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 2

The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 2

Last time in the Haunted Hamlet build, we got our layout base together and rough arrangement of the buildings in place. This time out, we’re finalizing some of the hamlet’s details. Even on a layout this small, I want to have a sense of a place; roads that come in and out of town, like […]

October 11, 2016 More
The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 1

The Haunted Hamlet Layout | Part 1

Welcome to our online build of the N scale Micro-Trains Haunted Hamlet layout, a small but very scary layout! I wanted to build this little layout for some Halloween fun and maybe to get some of you to build a similar layout as a great way to introduce some younger people to the hobby. Kids love […]

October 5, 2016 More
Micro-Trains Haunted Hamlet Layout

Micro-Trains Haunted Hamlet Layout

Almost every year for the past several years around this time, I’ve wanted to play with the Micro-Trains Haunted Hamlet building set, usually a few days or so before Halloween and by then it’s a bit late. This year, I’m all in for the Haunted Hamlet, and over a month before Halloween get here, cool! […]

September 19, 2016 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
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
Add Roofing To Our Pizza Layout Buildings

Add Roofing To Our Pizza Layout Buildings

We previously added a little age to our MTL laser kits and we were going to tackle the decals next but decided instead to add some custom roof work to these buildings. The thinking was, it would be better to have these kits basically finished, except for final weathering, before we applied our decals. This […]

June 7, 2015 More
Aging The MTL Kits

Aging The MTL Kits

Just a quick post tonight as it’s already 3:40 AM, seriously, how do I manage to lose a couple of hours whenever I’m working with trains and kits? Missing time aside, I thought I’d take a few photos just prior to the decal work I’ll be doing on these kits. I’ve added the Grandt Line […]

May 27, 2015 More
Pre-Decal Paint For Our Yard Kits

Pre-Decal Paint For Our Yard Kits

For some time now, I’ve wanted to make my own water slide decals and I think the Micro-Trains kits I’ve built for the pizza layout are some great decal candidates! Late last year I picked up an HP Color LaserJet for work but (much as I hate to admit it) have yet to try my […]

May 23, 2015 0 Comments More
MTL Laser Kits For The Pizza Layout

MTL Laser Kits For The Pizza Layout

After getting our Kato Compact Unitrack grungy in the last article, it’s time to look to the structures for our pizza layout. Since I’m working on the idea of a yard-flavored scene with this layout, I looked at the Micro-Trains Line Yard Structures Kit that includes 3 kits with relatively small footprints. This kit set […]

May 11, 2015 0 Comments More
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
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