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  • July 7, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,370 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Once a year the best modelers, from the United States and Canada, gather to display their best these are the winners in most of the national contest categories. The very best model, in the National Model Railroad Association's annual model buildi...
  • July 7, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,116 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
    A tale of two clubs; one typical and one not-so typical, to help you decide if "joining" is for you. Model railroading is a most unusual hobby; there's something in it that will arouse almost any hobbyist's interest and it's that rare...
  • July 6, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,394 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    Without cities there would be no real railroads, yet few modelers have had the forethought to fit them into their layouts. In the early 19th century the railroad was needed as a link between the seaport cities and the great frontie...
  • July 6, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,120 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Western-style mountains and pine trees just have to go together. Now modelers, in all scales, have a choice of kits to construct the most realistic pine trees possible. Scenery Products Co. offers this kit for six pine trees. Each "trunk" is approx...
  • July 5, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 822 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    All-new HO Scale products available Tuesday, July 12th! Magor 4750 Covered Hopper   FMC 4000 Gondola HO Scale, Magor 4750 Covered Hopper   Only $44.95 MSRP! ...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,119 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    The least-expensive plastic building kits can be made to look like wood and/or easily modified into smaller structures. TOP: Paint formulated for use on plastic is best. Pactra's "Flat" enamel is being used, here, to paint the inset door panels. BO...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,112 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
    It's a little harder than snap-together, but well worth it to lay your track the 'expert' way. If you've followed our suggestions that a permanent table-top layout is the best way to build a model railroad, you're at least considering...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,443 views - 0 comments - 3 likes
    Even diesels can be detailed... Here's how to add more realism to your E-8 or PA-1 and build an E-8 "B" unit to boot. LEFT: The "before" (right) and "after" versions of the HO Scale Athern PA-1 diesel. "Open" look to louvers and detailed pilot are ...
  • June 30, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,249 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Your model railroad becomes more of a model and less a toy when it can run on its own tabletop. LEFT: A highly-detailed scene like this one created by SS Ltd's Craftsmen, is only possible with proper benchwork support. These mountains are part of a...
  • June 30, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,585 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    THE RAILROAD THE MOVIES MADE FAMOUS IS WELL WORTH MODELING A pair of Sierra steamers strain to make it up the hills from the farmlands to the mountain timber country led by 2-8-2 Mikado number 36. The Sierra seldom bothered with ballasted or draine...