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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....
With an engine to test for

Build A Small Engine House Using Containers

Using containers for the sides of a small engine house may seem a little off key, but the prototype of such a facility can be found in the yard at the R.J. Corman headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. When friend and resident of Lexington, Allan Silverberg, sent me the photographs, I k...
Industrial and Warehouse Background Buildings

Industrial and Warehouse Background Buildings

A simple sky blue backdrop changes the whole look of your model railroad. It makes your railroad immediately appear more realistic and expansive. Although it's fairly easy to paint hills and general landforms on the backdrop, buildings are a lot harder to paint. One easy solution is t...
Scratch Building a Stone Arch Viaduct.

Scratch Building a Stone Arch Viaduct – Casting and Construction

Scratch-building an HO scale model of a stone arch viaduct using plaster and a latex rubber mold....
Buildings and Structures on the Gateway Central XV Switching Railroad

Buildings and Structures on the Gateway Central XV Switching Railroad

The layout was designed with low height structures in the front corners (and no structures in the front middle) to easily see and reach the tracks, cars and turnouts. Larger background structures were placed at the rear (with the tallest in the middle). Two of the buildings (the back ...