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Spring Is Model Railroading Season

Spring Is Model Railroading Season

Model railroading season has always loosely been targeted as the late fall to early spring months, the thinking behind this is you’re stuck in the house anyway… might as well get to work on those trains. On one hand I completely get this, after all in good weather lots of folks want to spend time […]

March 11, 2012 0 Comments More
EMD Class 66 Locomotive

EMD Class 66 Locomotive

I recently saw a YouTube video featuring an EMD Class 66 locomotive in Z scale (see below) and thought I’d look in to who built this model. For those who have been involved in Z scale for a few years, the name Graham Jones will be familiar as the person who started the Great Britain […]

March 11, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Building Wrap Up

Waterfront Project | Building Wrap Up

In our last article, we finished the final two buildings in this series, the MTL Surf Shop and the MTL Taffy Company. We still need to build several of the pier sets in the series but I have the feeling I’ll need to do a bit of cutting and chopping of these piers in order […]

March 6, 2012 0 Comments More
High Noon Diorama Wallpaper

High Noon Diorama Wallpaper

My friend Jürg Rüedi provided this terrific photo for our new desktop wallpaper, it’s a shot on a diorama I built for Jürg several years back and he’s titled the diorama “High Noon”. With a pair of AZL locos leading the way out from a double tunnel portal into the hot sun, I think he […]

March 5, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 14

Waterfront Project | Part 14

In this installment of the Waterfront Project we hit a milestone; we complete the last two buildings in the series! We’ll build the MTL Surf Shop (MTL Part 799 90 949) and the Taffy Company (MTL Part 799 90 945). Both of these kits, as well as the previous Bait Shop kit, were designed to […]

March 4, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 13

Waterfront Project | Part 13

This session of the Waterfront Project brings us another relatively simple build, the Boardwalk Bait Shop (MTL Part 799 90 948), part of the series-within-the-series of the Waterfront Project. These Boardwalk structures are designed to sit on the Micro-Trains Line Retail Boardwalk Kit (MTL Part 799 90 944). We’ll get to the actual boardwalk soon, […]

February 27, 2012 0 Comments More
Searching The Floor

Searching The Floor

By John Bartolotto I’ve been a modeler most of my life in one capacity or another. Model soldiers, cars, ships, planes, military vehicles and of course trains. Model trains however have been my focus for the past thirteen years as has my on again / off again love affair with Z scale. Z scale has […]

February 25, 2012 0 Comments More
Airbrush Acrylic Primer And Paint

Airbrush Acrylic Primer And Paint

The other day a reader posted a question here regarding acrylic paints and airbrush use, here’s that question: I was just going back over a previous article (Waterfront Project | Part 5) in the Waterfront Project series and noticed the info about using acrylic craft paint in an airbrush. Does that paint, thinned the same […]

February 23, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 12

Waterfront Project | Part 12

After redoing the Pier Warehouse Kit this past week, I wanted to take it easy and build a nice, simple kit this time out. I chose the MTL Trading Warehouse Kit (MTL Part 799 90 946). I like the look of this kit as it’s a nice, basic looking kit that will blend in well […]

February 20, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 11

Waterfront Project | Part 11

Mistakes are good. Well, not exactly “put on the music and dance ‘till dawn” good, but they can be very useful if you approach them with an open mind. In Part 8 of this series I built the Micro-Trains Line Pier Warehouse Kit. I really like this kit for its interesting angles and banks of […]

February 17, 2012 0 Comments More
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