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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....
Kitbash the Belleville Radium Mine

Kitbash the Belleville Radium Mine

Kitbashing an HO scale model of the Radium Mine that was located on the south side of Belleville, Illinois....
Tom Trotter's Steam-Powered Rustic Sawmill

Tom Trotter’s Steam-Powered Rustic Sawmill

Tom's sawmill won first place in the popular vote for on-line structures at the 2014 Gateway NMRA model contest. A number of kits and added detail parts were combined to create this highly detailed structure....
Kitbashing Buildings by John Carty

Hiding Common Building Kits in Plain Sight

We have all visited beautiful layouts boasting meticulous track, detailed motive power and rolling stock, hundreds of citizens, large swaths of beautiful trees, and lots of buildings. Somewhere along the line, you start to recognize some of the structures as kits everyone has purchase...
Jeremy Janzen, 2014 Kitbash Contest First Place, Farm House

Gateway NMRA 2014 Kitbash Contest Results

The Gateway Division NMRA sponsored this contest to encourage member model building and skill improvement. Grandt Line Reese Street Row Houses kits were distributed at the June 21 Division meeting for this year's contest. Completed models were brought to the November 17 holiday party ...
Gateway NMRA 2014 Kitbash Contest

Gateway NMRA 2014 Kitbash Contest: Kits Distributed at the June 21 Meeting

Our annual Kitbash Contest kit will be distributed, along with the contest instructions, at the Gateway Division NMRA monthly meeting on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Trinity Church. The kit is an ideal structure kit for kitbashing and is available in HO and N scales....
Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest Carty

Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest Results

The first annual Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest concluded at the January 21, 2014 division meeting. Tom Trotter, Tim Stout, and John Carty describe the construction of their contest winning models....
Inexpensive White LEDs From Christmas Light Sets

Inexpensive White LEDs From Christmas Light Sets

LEDs provide a superior lighting solution over miniature bulbs. LEDs stay cool when lit and are very bright, energy efficient, and extremely reliable. Their long life and reliability are extremely important when installed in engines and buildings, where you really don't want to ever o...
Ray Jones, 1st Place, Expert

Gateway NMRA 2013 Kitbashing Contest

The “Grandt Line Reese Street Row House” kit was the starting point for the 2013 kitbashing contest. The only restriction placed on the contest model was that the base could not be more than one square foot in area. Here are photos of all the models entered in the contest, and the con...
Making Inexpensive Paper Buildings

Tricks for Tracks – Making Inexpensive Paper Buildings

A recent Gateway NMRA meeting clinic on making paper buildings intrigued me enough to try it. Here are my first impressions using this new option for adding structures to my model railroad....
Lincoln Theater in Belleville

Putting on the Rex – Building A Model Movie Theatre

Everyone seems to enjoy dinner and a movie, and every town during the golden age of cinema boasted at least one movie theater even if it was just a Nickelodeon. This theater and restaurant were built using Uncle Al’s Grocery sold by Model Power as a starting point. This is an easy kit...
Building a Drive-In Restaurant

Building a Drive-In Restaurant

The Dodo Burger served Belleville for many years. This article details how to easily transform the Model Power Hot Dog Stand into a version of an American icon....