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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....
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Getting Down to Details - Mailboxes

Getting Down to Details – Mailboxes

Some years ago I wrote a brief piece for The RPO relating information I had picked up at a national convention. It focused on making sure that details on the layout fit the time frame modeled, and gave approximate times that hay stacks went from stack or square bales to rolled, or whe...
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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....
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Impressive steel trestle on the new C&RM model railroad.

The Colorful Scenery of the C&RM Railroad

Well, are you getting “snow blind” yet from all those white rocks that you have made since my article about rock casting? Don’t you think it is about time to add some color? Adding a little color will bring the rock castings to life. The colors add shadows and highli...
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Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Article & photo by Tom Troughton, MMR How many times have you entered a fellow model railroader’s train room to be awe struck at the magnificent layout before your eyes. There’re several hundred feet of meticulously constructed hand laid track, on tie plates even, trac...
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Hardshell In A Hurry

Hardshell In A Hurry

Photo by Kevin Hampton If you’re using Hydrocal as the base shell for scenery, there’s a quick way to cover a large area in a hurry. After putting down whatever you use to set the basic elevations for scenery, use Hydrocal soaked cloth instead of paper towels, newspaper or paper bags....
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Cheap Manhole Covers

More Cheap Tricks – Manhole Covers

The cap end of Faber fine Uni-Ball pens were obviously designed as an HO or S manhole cover. A new X-Acto knife will easily cut off the cover (cut flush with the lip on the side, it’s almost like they provided a cutting guide!). The photo by Richard Schumacher shows the pen, a cut off...
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More Scenery Tips – Supporting Hard Shell Scenery

There are many different methods for supporting hard shell scenery. Cardboard strips, chicken and screen wire, rolled up newspapers and Styrofoam. There are countless approaches to creating the initial support for the hard shell. I have discovered one which I found easy, clean and saf...
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More Cheap Tricks – Styrene Concrete

Making styrene look like concrete is much easier than it sounds! On my layout, the “JDS&E”, I decided to use sheet styrene for my service platforms in the engine facility. I first scored the sheet into 12 foot squares using a hobby knife. I then laid the sheet flat and block sande...
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More Scenery Tips – Rock Casting Methods

Have you ever looked at someone’s layout and wondered how they did all the rock castings? There are basically two methods, dry and wet. The dry method allows the modeler to mix large batches of plaster at a time. Have several molds ready and pour the plaster into molds until your supp...
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Cheap Killer Ballast

More Cheap Tricks – Cheap Killer Ballast

Low Cost Tips to Improve Your Railroad Modeling Photo by Richard Schumacher Trackwork is the most visible representation of your model railroad. It does not matter if the train is even on the track, the track is still there for all critical eyes to critique. It defines from where your...
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