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Finishing Model Automobiles With Sharpies

Tricks for Tracks – Finishing Model Automobiles

When finishing a model automobile, Sharpies provide a translucent semi-gloss finish which nicely mimics the enamel paint used on prototype vehicles. When applied to paper used for awnings on buildings, Sharpies provide a flat water resistant color....

Tricks for Tracks – Painting Wheels

An easy way to paint wheels is to use the Floquil markers. Hold the wheel and twist the marker around the wheel. Hold the marker at a slight angle to avoid painting the axle points....

Sealing the Bottle

One of the most frustrating moments in model railroading is when you open an “almost” new bottle of paint and discover it is no longer usable. Happily, there is a simple, effective, and inexpensive way to save some dough and a lot of frustration....
Word Processor Custom Decals

Word Processor Custom Decals

A big problem when you freelance your own railroad is how to get the decals you need for your rolling stock. Although many vendors offer custom decal services, most have a substantial minimum order and design service charges. This is “ok” when ordering lettering for your home road, si...
Building Rix’s Smalltown USA “Helen’s Country Kitchen”

Building Rix’s Smalltown USA “Helen’s Country Kitchen” Assembly Tips and Techniques

Step-by-step instructions to prepare, assemble, paint and weather Rix’s Smalltown USA “Helen’s Country Kitchen” kit....
DPM “Front Street” Building Assembly Tips and Techniques

DPM “Front Street” Building Assembly Tips and Techniques

Preparation, assembly, painting, weathering and detailing the DPM “Front Street” model kit, including adding a custom interior....
Painting Figures on the Saint Louis Central 2002

Tips and Techniques for Painting Figures

The figures on the History Museum project are from a kit of 120 unpainted figures. Figures can be purchased already painted, but are often very costly ($1 to $3 each). I prefer to purchase the unpainted, which come in several kits: trades people, passengers, drivers, pedestrians, etc....

Simple Touches That Upgrade Your Rolling Stock

One of the things that stick out like a sore thumb on nice models are the shine from the wheels, trucks and couplers. Perhaps you don’t own an airbrush, or don’t want the hassle of the airbrush set-up and clean-up for a small job like this. I’ve found that acrylic paint is a cheap, qu...

More Cheap Tricks – Inexpensive Paint Remover

Ever had a painting project not come out as expected? Or maybe had paint creep under your tape during a two or more color paint job? I’m sure we all have. I know this has happened to me several times. I have found an inexpensive way to remove the paint in preparation for a second try....
Painting with Testors Dullcote

More Cheap Tricks – Pressure Cooker

The one thing which deters from the realism of any model railroad is shiny surfaces. The easiest way to remove that shine is to overspray the structure or rolling stock with Dullcote. I have had people tell me they don't like to use the small cans because it comes out in an uneven spr...

More Cheap Tricks – Removing Overspray from Glue Joints

Low Cost Tips to Improve Your Railroad Modeling Ever notice that solvent based styrene glues will remove paint? Why not turn this undesirable condition into an easy paint removal method! Many of us paint our structures using various spraying methods. The results are very gratifying bu...