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  • July 11, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 6,719 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    IT'S EASY ENOUGH TO MATCH THE APPEARANCE OF A RAILROAD SWITCH BUT FAR MORE FUN TO OPERATE IT BY REMOTE CONTROL. 1. This stubby switch stand is typical of the types the real railroads use to throw their track switches from a mainline route to a sidi...
  • July 8, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,210 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    PAGE 112 TOP: Heavy-duty General Electric U-28 diesel is $20.00 from Trix. PAGE 112 BOTTOM LEFT: Log car, by Lionel, has remote-controlled dumping feature. PAGE 112 BOTTOM RIGHT: Now, HO, N, and 0 scale modelers can have a full range of sounds ...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,192 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    The least-expensive plastic building kits can be made to look like wood and/or easily modified into smaller structures. TOP: Paint formulated for use on plastic is best. Pactra's "Flat" enamel is being used, here, to paint the inset door panels. BO...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,418 views - 1 comment - 0 likes
    It's a little harder than snap-together, but well worth it to lay your track the 'expert' way. If you've followed our suggestions that a permanent table-top layout is the best way to build a model railroad, you're at least considering...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,608 views - 0 comments - 3 likes
    Even diesels can be detailed... Here's how to add more realism to your E-8 or PA-1 and build an E-8 "B" unit to boot. LEFT: The "before" (right) and "after" versions of the HO Scale Athern PA-1 diesel. "Open" look to louvers and detailed pilot are ...
  • June 30, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 5,520 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Your model railroad becomes more of a model and less a toy when it can run on its own tabletop. LEFT: A highly-detailed scene like this one created by SS Ltd's Craftsmen, is only possible with proper benchwork support. These mountains are part of a...
  • June 30, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,487 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    THE RAILROAD THE MOVIES MADE FAMOUS IS WELL WORTH MODELING A pair of Sierra steamers strain to make it up the hills from the farmlands to the mountain timber country led by 2-8-2 Mikado number 36. The Sierra seldom bothered with ballasted or draine...
  • June 29, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,457 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    BUILD THIS SIMPLE FREIGHT STATION IN EITHER N OR HO SCALE FROM TWO OF AHM'S "RICO" PASSENGER STATION KITS TOP LEFT: AHM offers this same station kit in both N and HO scale. With minor rework, two of the kits can be used to build a smaller freight s...
  • June 29, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 4,616 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    FROM SIMPLE TO SUPER TO MODULAR; THE PROVEN WAYS TO LET YOUR RAILROAD GROW WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE 1. A suitcase is large enough for an N scale oval but if you want real railroading fun you'll need a bit more space. With a bit of careful thought, you ...
  • June 29, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,526 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    TOP: ConCor's flocked grass matting paper makes perfect weeds for HO or N scale model railroads. All you need to install it is a bit of white glue, a hobby knife, and some earth-colored flat paint. BOTTOM: Rip off chunks of the paper backed flocked ...