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Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan's Paint Store

Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan’s Paint Store

Photos by Richard Schumacher Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan’s Paint Store is the latest addition to my collection of factory assembled buildings. It is part of their Built-&-Ready® Landmark Structures® series and features their Just Plug™ Lighting System. This building has ...
Adding Simple LED Lighting to Model Buildings

Easy Model Railroad Structure LED Lighting

The beautiful Woodland Scenics J. Frank's IGA Grocery Store came with a great printed shadow-box interior, but you couldn't see it. This model called out for interior lighting, and an LED sign module makes it a 10-minute project....
Menard's HO Scale Lighted Hobby Shop

Menard’s HO Scale Lighted Hobby Shop

Preassembled model railroad structures have gained in popularity with more and more modelers as a way to scenic layouts faster. Menard's Hobby Shop is a nice addition to any town scene....
Diorama: The First Time

Gateway Division “Start With a Boxcar” Kitbash Contest Results

This year’s contest featured a very simple set of rules. The first rule required the entrant to start with a box car. Entries were divided into models and dioramas. The seven entries provided a nice variety of what can be accomplished with a box car....
David Lowell’s Scratchbuilt Best of Show Avenue Tower

David Lowell’s Scratchbuilt Best of Show Avenue Tower

David Lowell’s HO scale scratchbuilt Avenue Tower won Best of Show at the 2016 Gateway Division NMRA model contest, receiving an NMRA merit judged score of 118 points. This beautiful online structure has an equally detailed and beautiful interior....
John Carty’s Kitbashed and Scratchbuilt Roesch Enamel Range Factory

John Carty’s Kitbashed Roesch Enamel Range Factory

John Carty’s kitbashed Roesch Enamel Range factory won second place in the Online Structures category at the 2016 Gateway Division NMRA model contest and had an NMRA merit judged score of 105. John scratchbuilds intricate interiors using standard wood and plastic stock....
Woodland Scenics Lighted HO Scale Emilio's Italian Restaurant

Woodland Scenics Lighted HO Scale Emilio’s Italian Restaurant

Woodland Scenics Emilio’s Italian Restaurant models a family style restaurant typical of what you would see from the steam era through today. This beautiful structure is the first of their Built-&-Ready® Landmark Structures® to feature their new Just Plug™ Lighting System....
Woodland Scenics Frank's IGA Grocery HO Scale Store

Woodland Scenics Frank’s IGA Grocery HO Scale Store

Small, family-owned IGA grocery stores are a part of small town main streets across the United States. Woodland Scenics has perfectly captured this type of store with their J. Frank's IGA grocery model....
Winstanley Powerhouse HO Scale Model

John Carty’s Scratchbuilt HO Scale Winstanley Powerhouse

John Carty's scratchbuilt Winstanley Powerhouse won first place in the Online Structures category at the 2015 Gateway Division NMRA model contest....
Havana Transfer HO Scale Coal Dock

David Lowell’s Havana Transfer HO Scale Coal Dock

David Lowell's award winning Havana Transfer coal dock diorama was entered in the 2015 Gateway Division NMRA model contest. This coal dock is one scene on David’s HO scale Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad which depicts the 121 mile route between Peoria and Taylorville Illinois in t...
1949 Morgan Auto Sales HO Scale Diorama

Dave Roeder’s “Morgan Auto Sales 1949” HO Scale Diorama

Dave Roeder's "Morgan Auto Sales 1949" diorama won Best of Show at the 2015 Gateway Division NMRA model contest. Most of the structure details and finishes were created on an inkjet printer. Here are seven photos of that diorama....
Jeremy Janzen, 2014 Kitbash Contest First Place, Farm House

Kitbash a Two-Story Kansas Farm House

Jeremy discusses how he kitbashed this model of a typical Kansas two-story farm house....