Ztrains YouTube
Model Railroad News

Category: Useful Tools

Our First Solder Pot For Tinning Wires

Our First Solder Pot For Tinning Wires

A solder pot is one of those little tools I’ve been meaning to purchase to tin the wires we use in our Raildig products, but over time you get pretty fast with a flux pen and regular soldering iron, so I kept putting off this purchase. When we got a couple of new large orders […]

October 18, 2020 More
LED Light Modifier | Bad Bayou Halloween Style

LED Light Modifier | Bad Bayou Halloween Style

It seems every year when I break out this Micro-Trains inspired N scale Halloween shadowbox, I can’t help myself, I have to fiddle with it just a bit! This year I’ve added some overhead lighting to brighten up our Bad Bayou toxic ponds. Not too bright, this is the Bad Bayou after all, but I’ve […]

September 21, 2020 More
Touch-N-Flow Solvent Applicator | Welding Styrene

Touch-N-Flow Solvent Applicator | Welding Styrene

I’ve been using the Touch-N-Flow applicator for years instead of small brushes to apply my solvents and it’s one of my favorite tools when working with styrene. This applicator, in tandem with MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) used as a solvent, makes doing even the most intricate styrene work a heck of a lot easier. Building […]

August 26, 2020 More
OLFA Utility Snap-Off Knife | First Impressions

OLFA Utility Snap-Off Knife | First Impressions

Once I started watching more videos on foam crafting, I began hearing about the OLFA utility knife model with the ratchet wheel. Over the years I’ve had a collection of utility knives but never really gave the quality or features of the knife a lot of thought, if it held a blade it was good […]

August 3, 2020 More

Raildig Scratchbuilder’s Calculator

Here’s a tool that can help you establish and maintain scale accuracy when scratchbuilding your next scale building, piece of rolling stock or pine tree. To show you how this calculator works, let’s say you wanted to know how large a 75′ prototypical tree would be in HO scale. Step 1: At the top of […]

July 22, 2020 More
Add Tungsten Putty To Your Model Trains

Add Tungsten Putty To Your Model Trains

We’re always working on simple ways to improve the Z scale Rokuhan Shorty locomotive’s performance. In this video we’ll look at basic ideas that can help most model trains, regardless of scale, operate more effectively and hopefully make your train running more fun! This video started out as a tungsten putty video to increase model […]

June 24, 2020 More
USB Powered Vacuum For Model Trains

USB Powered Vacuum For Model Trains

On one of my late night shopping trips on AliExpress (or it might have been eBay, I do these shopping “trips” way too much!) I picked up an $8.00 USB powered vacuum. I thought it might be a useful little gadget when building my small scenes and layouts. I’ve had it in its box for […]

March 22, 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
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
Ztrains Grassinator
Raildig Scratchbuilders Calculator