Scenery & Dioramas

Electrical Certificate

Hurray! I have my paperwork signed off for the certificate and have put it safely in the hands of our Region AP Chair. Thanks to Keith Webb and Tom Winlow who took time out from the Convention to pop to my house to assess the bits attached to my layout for Electrical

Atlantic Director Report

Atlanta write up One of the most frequent questions I have been asked since returning from Atlanta is “so what do you actually do as Atlantic Director?” The simple answer is that I represent the Atlantic district at the National organisation. The NMRA has many organisational layers to it: Divisions, Regions and National. Divisions are …

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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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