Believe it or not many people get stuck on what to do after they've made the benchwork for their train layout. Some want to just start putting their track right on the wood..... STOP! DON'T DO IT!
First plan out if you have any hard to reach places on your layout. Unless you have a long arms reach, you may want to plan to put mountains, or a town, or something that doesn't require your constant attention. Ask yourself, if I have to clean the track in that area or get my derailed train, how easy will it be?
Next cover all the top surface with a layer of styrofoam. It can be the regular white sheets, but the blue..........
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So you've built a few model kits and you're ready to up your game and do something unique and different to your piece?
First, go check out your local hobby shop and get some ideas on what you may want to do to upgrade your model. Do you want to custom design and make your own decals? Change the interior? Add something completely different?
Ask yourself if this is for you or to enter in a show and what level you are building at. Be realistic with your skill level and remember with each kit you do, you're going to get better!
Painting is the most common way to make your model stand out. If you're brush painting, make sure to keep your brush strokes going in one direction for a better look.
When customizing your colours be sure to write down how much of each colour you're mixing so you can get an exact match each time. Who knows, someone may want that colour combo and ask you for the mix ratio. Use eyedroppers or pipettes to help with this.
Weathering can really add that "something special" to your custom build. It can make your piece look beat up and rusted or look as if it's just been though the mud. It can be used to create blaster marks on a Sci-fi kit, engine exhaust stains or peeling paint on a car.
It's all in how you use your paint and brush. For example for blaster marks..........
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First things first: Make sure to have a suitable hobby area to work at. If you're working on small scales such as N or HO scale you’ll need about 24 in by 24 in space. If it’s a larger scale such as O or G you’ll need much more space. Oh, and ask permission before using the dining room table…… interrupting mealtime or getting hobby grease on the heirloom table may not go over so well with other members of the household.
Second: Now that you have a work-space, make sure you have the proper tools. Also check to see if the manufacturer included any information on proper care and maintenance of your piece.
(Suggested LIST OF TOOLS)-Light oil, paper towel or small weave rag or cotton buds, wheel/track cleaner or wheel cleaning kit.
Third: now you’re ready to start! Remember that routine maintenance will help your model train to run its best and hopefully prevent any major repairs down the road. On the majority of Locomotives light oil on the motor & wheel bearings, and a light grease in/on the gears may be needed- make sure that it is plastic compatible (Labelle & Woodland Scenics both have great light oil). Make sure to look
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We regularly ask for tips, article ideas and general info from guys and gals just like you! Recently, we were send this article. For the full article scroll to the bottom and hit the link.This is just an opinion post about what you may try to do yourself. We are not responsible for any loss, injury, theft, etc. regarding any of the tips in this post.
Making an Oil Drum
Making WallsHere's on way on how to make a stone wall:
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Last July my family and I checked out The Alberta Railway Museum in Edmonton, AB. (Click here for that article.) Due to a computer glitch we couldn't finish the second installment that was originally planned.
So, here's some info on the museum and we hope to do many more as my family and I travel to, learn about and hear from other museums.
The Alberta Railway Museum is referred to as an open air museum as most of the exhibits and fun are outside and not in buildings. Although there are some buildings on site and a great gift shop, most of the fun is when you walk from and into exhibit to exhibit!
When does it open in 2016? the park opened May long weekend and is open summer weekends only. Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. CLICK HERE for more info.
What can you see? Restored, Refurbished ........
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Building, designing and launching model rockets is a great hobby that the whole family can enjoy doing; there is rocket fun for every skill level. There are a few things to consider when you begin your journey into model rocketry. Take this information into mind when purchasing your rocket and rocket accessories.
1) Open Area - It is very important you launch your model rockets in open areas, away from homes, businesses and NOT around airports. It is recommended to use an open field, like a farm or soccer field. Make sure to ask for permission first.
2) Even Ground - Launch your rockets from a level platform and always straight up. If the launch pad is tilted just a few degrees your rocket could end up several hundred feet away. Flying your rocket at a 90 degree, perpendicular angle....
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Robin: I saw your Facebook request for photos of hobbies people are working on. I thought you would like to check these out.
Chinook: Fantastic! Did you customize/paint it yourself? Tell me about this piece and why it's so special.
Robin: It's an SD45 I made about 3 years...yes I did everything to it. Athearn BLUE box
Chinook: Is there anything else you would like to share about this SD45?
Robin: (thumbs up) ATHEARN BLUE BOX DC POWERED pepped up a little bit... Jewel marker lights, air hoses, grab irons, fire cracker antenna, rotating yellow Bevin, installed handrails, good hooks, extra decaling on steps & body, custom painted & numbered number boards, center air hoses, box behind can near turbocharger cover, custom painted & decalled.... Here's more pictures
Model railroading is fascinating and has been dubbed by many as the “World’s Greatest Hobby”. It is very versatile and incorporates many learning opportunities and is so much fun for all ages. It includes creativity with sculpturing, painting, airbrushing, decorating and landscaping, and encourages scientific exploration of electronics, physics, mechanics, engineering and architecture, all combined with humour, friendship, family activities, social interaction, and the great sense of accomplishment.
Many people who visit us ask if there is significance to the letter referral to different size trains; N, HO, O, G, etc. The answer is YES!! We've compiled a list of all the scales and why they were named with that letter designation.
Please leave a comment after you've read this post and let us know what your thoughts on gauge and scale are and if this was helpful to you or not.
T - Ø 1:450 (referred to as 'Tiny' or 'Tokyo' as it was introduced at the Tokyo Toy Show in 2006)
ZZ - Ø 1:300 (Until the 2006 announcement of T scale, ZZ scale was the smallest commercially available scale for model railroads)
Z - Ø 1:220 (with all the letters identifying gauges Z became the smallest so they used the last letter in the alphabet)
N - Ø 1:160 (track gauge is 9mm, the N stands for Nine mm)
2mm - Ø 1:152 (similar in size to the slightly larger British N scale at 1:148 and the slightly smaller European/American N scale at 1:160; it predates both versions of N scale)
TT - Ø 1:120 (referred to as Table Top as it fit so easily on coffee tables)
3mm - Ø 1:101 (also known as 3 mm finescale, is a model railway scale of 3 mm: 1ft used for British prototypes. Introduced as British TT gauge)
OO- Ø 1:76 (Runs on HO track and is the British counterpart)
HOn3 - Ø 1:87 (The "n" in HOn3 stands for 'narrow gauge', HOn3 is still HO scale)
HO - Ø 1:87 (Half O or ‘aitch oh’)
S - Ø 1:64 (First named Standard Gauge then to represent that Scale that was half of 1 gauge which was built to 1:32 scale)
On3 - Ø 1:48 (is narrow gauge O scale)
O - Ø 1:48 (was referred as zero (or 0h) gauge)
G - Ø 1:22.5 ( G stands for Garden)
Live Steam - Ø 1:2, 1:4 or 1:3 scale (Ridable, large-scale, powered by steam)
Gauge refers to the width of the track, measured between the railheads. Different from scale, which is proportion to life-size.
At present, Chinook & Hobby West carries three Scales of Model Trains for Sale: O scale, HO Scale, and N scale. This article was researched through Atlas, Kato, NMRA and Bachmann.
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July 1st, 2015 we had a chance to visit the Alberta Railway Museum. First we went through the open air museum, then we got a special behind the scenes tour. So on behalf of Chinook & Hobby West, the Gale family and of course, the Alberta Railway Museum - enjoy!
What's greeting you at the beginning?
CP GP30 - 1 of only 2 that CP owned this one is just a husk and very cool to see one live and not just in photos
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Building a Model
-Use the minimum amount of glue necessary to make a solid bond.
-Enhance your assembled model by filling in gaps with putty and carefully sanding the filled surface.
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Painting Your Model
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