Raildig.com https://www.raildig.com Model Railroading Digest Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:03:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 LED Light Modifier | Bad Bayou Halloween Style https://www.raildig.com/useful-tools/led-light-modifier-bad-bayou-halloween-style/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:00:38 +0000 https://www.raildig.com/?p=3710 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 […]

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LED Light Modifier | Halloween StyleIt 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 adjusted the lighting to make the foreground of this scene more visible in dark room lighting.

I’ve used the same filter furnace material I use to make pine trees for modifying our lighting effects. It always pays to hold on to these extra bits and pieces, you never know when you’ll need them in a project.

Happy Halloween 2020, and here’s wishing you a spooky October 31st!

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Touch-N-Flow Solvent Applicator | Welding Styrene https://www.raildig.com/useful-tools/touch-n-flow-solvent-applicator-welding-styrene/ Wed, 26 Aug 2020 23:59:33 +0000 https://www.raildig.com/?p=3701 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 […]

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Touch-N-Flow

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 with styrene can sound a little daunting at first but with the right tools and some patience it can be a TON of fun! Once you begin working with styrene and seeing your own creations come to life, you’ll probably wonder why you waited so long to try this great aspect of the hobby!

In this article we also talk about several associated tools that will make this process both more fun and safer.

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OLFA Utility Snap-Off Knife | First Impressions https://www.raildig.com/useful-tools/olfa-utility-snap-off-knife/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:48:40 +0000 https://www.raildig.com/?p=3690 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 […]

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OLFA Utility Knife

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 enough.

I thought I’d take a look at this OLFA knife that seems so popular in this video. Tabletop gamers all seem to choose this model and since they do some amazing work with extruded foam, I figured it was worth it to spend the few bucks and give this knife a try.

Spoiler: I definitely think it’s a very good knife and well worth the $10!

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Raildig Scratchbuilder’s Calculator https://www.raildig.com/useful-tools/scratchbuilders-calculator/ Wed, 22 Jul 2020 23:05:07 +0000 http://www.raildig.com/?p=454 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 […]

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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 the calculator, in the “From” column, click on the 1:1 (or “Actual”) button. In the next column over to the right, the “To” column, click on the 1:87 (or HO) button.

Step 2:
In the “Input Measurements” area, enter 75 in the “feet” box.

Step 3:
In the “Result Options” area, click on the button next to the “Results in U.S”. option, then just click on the “Calculate” button.

You now know a 75′ tall prototype tree is 10.345″ in HO scale!

U.S. & Metric This calculator also functions as a U.S. to Metric, and Metric to U.S. conversion calculator. I hope you use and enjoy the Raildig Scratchbuilder’s Calculator.

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Add Tungsten Putty To Your Model Trains https://www.raildig.com/useful-tools/add-tungsten-putty-to-your-model-trains/ Wed, 24 Jun 2020 04:41:10 +0000 https://www.raildig.com/?p=3676 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 […]

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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 train weight, but we also played around with some foam products and jewelry cleaning cloths too.

Z scale is a great test bed in many ways for cleaning and performance products because of the inherent light weight of the trains.

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Micro-Trains Line | Z Scale Weathered And Graffiti Rolling Stock https://www.raildig.com/raildig-build-projects/micro-trains-line-z-scale-weathered-and-graffiti-rolling-stock/ Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:56:51 +0000 https://www.raildig.com/?p=3669 I wanted to pick up some new rolling stock for use in our videos over on our YouTube channel, so I looked to Micro-Trains for some of their weathered and graffiti pieces. I have a few pieces in N scale and Z, but none of the more recent pieces. Once I got a new batch […]

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MTL Weathered and Graffiti

I wanted to pick up some new rolling stock for use in our videos over on our YouTube channel, so I looked to Micro-Trains for some of their weathered and graffiti pieces. I have a few pieces in N scale and Z, but none of the more recent pieces.

Once I got a new batch of the MTL cars delivered I thought I’d do a very casual unboxing of them. Micro-Trains really has it nailed when it comes to their weathering and graffiti work!

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Reduce Stalling With The Rokuhan Shorty Chassis https://www.raildig.com/raildig-build-projects/reduce-stalling-with-the-rokuhan-shorty-chassis/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:18:26 +0000 https://www.raildig.com/?p=3662 I’m a huge fan of the Rokuhan Shorty Z scale locomotive chassis. It’s very reasonably priced, it’s a great platform for small projects and overall it very reliable. If I have one complaint it’s the weight of the chassis, it’s incredibly light! The lightweight nature of this chassis can reduce the contact between wheels and […]

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Reduce Stalling With The Rokuhan Shorty Chassis

I’m a huge fan of the Rokuhan Shorty Z scale locomotive chassis. It’s very reasonably priced, it’s a great platform for small projects and overall it very reliable. If I have one complaint it’s the weight of the chassis, it’s incredibly light!

The lightweight nature of this chassis can reduce the contact between wheels and rails and cause stalling, requiring the dreaded “tap, tap” on the layout to kick it into life. In this video I wanted to look at a few maintenance basics we can employ to minimize the stalls.

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Adding Color On Our Rokuhan Shorty Board https://www.raildig.com/raildig-build-projects/adding-color-on-our-rokuhan-shorty-board/ Sun, 24 May 2020 19:05:41 +0000 https://www.raildig.com/?p=3653 I think this goes to prove the old saying that a train layout is never really finished, even if it’s just a loop of track on a paddle! Even though this board was only meant to test cheapie DC controllers with the Rokuhan Shorty Z scale chassis, after finishing it (I thought!), the more I […]

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Adding color to our Rokuhan Shorty boardI think this goes to prove the old saying that a train layout is never really finished, even if it’s just a loop of track on a paddle!

Even though this board was only meant to test cheapie DC controllers with the Rokuhan Shorty Z scale chassis, after finishing it (I thought!), the more I looked at it hanging on my wall, I realized I wanted a little more color on it.

Most of this video is a time lapse so you actually don’t have to watch paint dry. It seems more and more I’m having a lot of fun with these little weekend projects while still running trains.

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Rokuhan Z Scale Shorty Test Track https://www.raildig.com/raildig-build-projects/rokuhan-z-scale-shorty-test-track/ Tue, 12 May 2020 08:11:54 +0000 https://www.raildig.com/?p=3647 I wanted to put together a little (and I do mean little!) Z scale Rokuhan Shorty locomotive test track with some odds and ends I had kicking around the house. Some track, clear decal sheets, scale palm trees and a craft store paddle, that’ll do! Using the mighty tight Rokuhan 45mm curved track, we’ve got […]

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Rokuhan Shorty Test Track

I wanted to put together a little (and I do mean little!) Z scale Rokuhan Shorty locomotive test track with some odds and ends I had kicking around the house.

Some track, clear decal sheets, scale palm trees and a craft store paddle, that’ll do! Using the mighty tight Rokuhan 45mm curved track, we’ve got our little test board.

Also we did a quick build using the RSLaser Kits Z scale Speeder Shed. A fun little kit to build and as you can see here, a nice addition to any sized layout. We’ll do a bit more aging and weathering to this board in the future but for now, it’s a fun little piece that hangs on the wall when you’re not using it!

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Trainini Magazine https://www.raildig.com/introduction/trainini-magazine/ Sun, 26 Apr 2020 07:06:15 +0000 http://www.raildig.com/?p=60 Latest Issues: July, 2020 Issue Beginning in January 2018, Holger Späing, Editor-in-chief of Trainini Magazine, has let us know that Trainini will be released in an English language International Edition as well as still continuing to be produced in German. WOW! Here at Raildig we are thrilled that Trainini has found the people to do […]

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Trainini magazineLatest Issues: July, 2020 Issue

Beginning in January 2018, Holger Späing, Editor-in-chief of Trainini Magazine, has let us know that Trainini will be released in an English language International Edition as well as still continuing to be produced in German. WOW!

Here at Raildig we are thrilled that Trainini has found the people to do the German to English translation and for the first time, we are very happy to present these English language versions to our readers in the Trainini International Editions. A big thank you to all on the Trainini team for making this happen!

 

Trainini Magazine 2020

 

Trainini 2019

 

Trainini Magazine 2018

 

Trainini Magazine 2017

 

Trainini Magazine 2016

 

Trainini Magazine 2015

 

Trainini Magazine 2014

 

Trainini Magazine 2013

 

Trainini Magazine 2012

 

Trainini Magazine 2011

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