Modeling For Introverts

If model railroading is supposed to be so much fun, I wasn’t having any. When I took up it again in the 1990s, I started filling my basement with multiple layouts that snaked along every available wall. I moved and removed the same partition wall at least three times....

A Modeling Hierarchy

There are a lot of modeling pages and photo galleries online and while the work is often first-rate, some of it doesn’t seem right to my eyes. Modelers are drawn to extremes. The funkier, more dilapidated or derelict the surfaces and textures are the more we like...

Human Stories

A friend recently posited that in his view, we’ve answered every question around basic how-to info and I agree with him. If you want to know how to build bench work, do scenery, weather rolling stock or lay track, there’s likely a video, blog post or article (both...

Detailing Track Part 4: Turnouts

The amount of variation in full-size turnouts is staggering. I admit I had no idea how extensive it was until I began work on the book and I’m still learning about turnouts. This post can’t possible cover all the variations but will look at two common scenarios....