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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....
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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 ...
Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 8

WGH Video: Building Your First Model Railroad, Part 8

This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, teaches you simple how-to techniques to take an HO scale electric train set and make it a scenic model railroad. This episode discusses buildings and structures....
Structure Kitbashing Contest 2009

Structure Kitbashing Contest 2009

Members who attended the May 2009 monthly Division meeting received a DPM building kit and some extra wall components. Many of them brought their completed kitbashed models for a "show and tell" presentation at the September 2009 meeting. Members voted for their favorites and prizes w...
Close-up of model railroad stockyard and painted cattle.

Stockyard Upgrades

Techniques for upgrading the appearance of a model railroad stockyard with cattle....
American Model Builders Plant Tour

American Model Builders Plant Tour

It was a beautiful, sunny morning when 19 Gateway Division NMRA members gathered outside the door of American Model Builders, Inc., on Saturday, August 23, at 11 AM. John Hitzeman, owner of AMB, greeted us at the door. We were led inside to a room that could best be described as “mode...
Workshop Interior, Glencoe, Missouri

Photographic Workshop Interior

Looking through your model workshop's door or window you want to see a detailed interior. One option is to print one on your color printer in the appropriate size....
Building City Streets Using Walthers Cornerstone Street Systems

Building City Streets Using Walthers Cornerstone Street Systems

Techniques for modeling concrete, brick and asphalt streets, and concrete grade crossings, on your model railroad layout with the Walthers Cornerstone street system....
Lift Bridge and Grain Elevator on the Riverport Small Model Railroad Layouted

Lift Bridge and Grain Elevator on the Riverport Theme HO Small Model Railroad Layout

Photos of the grain elevator, grain loading conveyor, and kitbashed railroad lift bridge on the riverport harbor themed Gateway Central XII train layout....