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White Castle Window Scene on Gregor Moe's HO Layout

A Happy Little (Structure Detail) Accident

Gregor Moe's Salt Creek and Western/Chicago Great Western HO scale model railroad is filled with hundreds of beautiful structures and miniature scenes. Unfortunately, he accidently broke the window in his Dubuque White Castle while handling the model. Instead of just replacing the gla...
Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan's Paint Store

Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan’s Paint Store

Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan's Paint Store is the latest addition to my collection of pre-assembled buildings. A warm white LED illuminates the first floor showroom featuring a nice pre-printed interior. Perfect for almost any era, the dripping paint bucket sign, architectural deta...
Menard's HO Scale Lighted Hobby Shop

Menard’s HO Scale Lighted Hobby Shop

Preassembled model railroad structures have gained in popularity with more and more modelers as a way to scenic layouts faster. Menard's Hobby Shop is a nice addition to any town scene....
Woodland Scenics Lighted HO Scale Emilio's Italian Restaurant

Woodland Scenics Lighted HO Scale Emilio’s Italian Restaurant

Woodland Scenics Emilio’s Italian Restaurant models a family style restaurant typical of what you would see from the steam era through today. This beautiful structure is the first of their Built-&-Ready® Landmark Structures® to feature their new Just Plug™ Lighting System....
David Lowell’s HO Scale Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

David Lowell’s HO Scale Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

David Lowell’s Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad is a 10’x16’ oval with a 15-foot shelf extension. It depicts the southern two-thirds of the Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway’s 121 mile route between Peoria and Taylorville Illinois in the mid 1950s....
Oxford Diecast HO Scale 1958 Edsel Citation

Oxford Diecast HO Scale 1958 Edsel Citation

I model the transition era of the late 1950s. It was a time of distinctive automobiles, many of which are now classics. When you see early Thunderbirds and Corvettes, classic Chevy Bel-Airs and tailfins you immediately know the era. The 1958 Edsel advertising said "Once you've seen it...
Vess Neon Soda Bottle Sign

Modeling Spectacular Vintage Advertising – Vess Neon Soda Bottle Sign

In 1953 Vess Bottling Company of St. Louis commissioned a giant revolving neon-lit soda bottle. The 12 foot tall bottle sat on a 13 foot pole and at the time was the largest lit bottle sign in the world. Two ways to model this type of sign are discussed, including a photo of the Vess ...
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....
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...
Scratchbuilding a Lima-Hamilton Diesel Switcher

Scratchbuilding a Lima-Hamilton Diesel Switcher

John Carty describes the steps to create an HO scale model of a Wabash Lima-Hamilton diesel switcher....
Easy Loads for the Classic Metal Works Stake Bed Truck

3 Easy Loads for the Classic Metal Works Stake Bed Truck

Stake bed trucks have been hauling merchandise and supplies for the last 100 years. The Classic Metal Works 1946 Chevy stake bed truck is a great model for all transition-era layouts but a detailed load is needed for this truck to really set the scene....
Litchfield Train Group's HO Scale Illinois Model Railroad

Litchfield Train Group’s HO Scale Illinois Model Railroad

The Litchfield Train Group's 55'x44' HO scale layout depicts the ever-gentle rolling countryside of Illinois from Centralia to Chicago. The scenery of the main room is set in the 50s/60s-era when steam engines were becoming extinct and diesel locomotives were gaining in popularity. Th...