Scenery & Dioramas

Prototype Certificate continues

I pulled out my Atlas RS-3s. I have decided to use these and update the headlights. The guys from the New Haven Internet Modellers have been invaluable and I need to get the following detail parts: Cal Scale: Pyle Headlight for Diesels (Brass Casting) Single Beam Style Part # 190-396 Custom Finishing: Cab Type Signal …

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Prototype Train

I’ve been looking at the train trying to get as much detail as I can. I want to get it as close as possible. This is a side on photo of the same train further down: I know the first loco is #530 which is a phase 1a. The second loco looks like #556, a …

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Prototype Certificate

I’ve been thinking a lot about the NMRA AP certificate – Prototype models. A lot of people consider this to be the hardest certificate. I’ve had quite a few people send me links or information about the work they have done and it can be really hard work. The trick, as always, is in reading …

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Achievement Programme

The NMRA is a world wide organisation and to encourage modelling they have something called the Achievement Programme. From the NMRA website: Introduction In simple terms, the Achievement Program (AP) is a travel guide, to help you on your journey through the world of model railroading. The AP also provides incentive to learn and master …

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Atlantic Director

I am very honoured to have been voted in as the next Atlantic Director of the NMRA when Nobby steps down in July 2013. He will be a hard act to follow and I am trying to catch up with all the responsibilities. In the meanwhile I have done some tongue in cheek T-shirts so …

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Staining wood & peeling paint

One of my all time favourite modellers, Chuck Doan, developed this technique. It works best in O scale but could be adapted for HO. You start by roughing up the stripwood or scribed board using a wire brush and exacto knife. Pay attention to any exposed edges or the bottom of the building. I always …

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Rusty Tank

This was the first time I had ever used Deluxe Materials Scenic Rust. I always use their CA glues and have always found them log lasting in the model and they do not clog up excessively. The Scenic Rust product contains a small pot of iron powder, a binder (glue) and a developer. You dab …

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Fantasonics Sound System

Fantasonics (www.fantasonics.com) do an excellent set of CDs with scale noises. I bought Big City (1940s) and Big Port/Harbour (1940s) CDs on a two for one offer. I bought some cheap (under a fiver) portable CD players from ebay and some cheap speakers from Maplins: I cut them up and extracted the speakers and internal …

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