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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....
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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....
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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...
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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...
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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 ...
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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....
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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....
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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...
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