Shortline Modelers Articles

Weathering Your Track Like the Prototype Part 2: Ties

Written by Shawn Branstetter

In part one, we laid out the elements of our trackwork that will be the focus of these articles. Further, we discussed color and how our materials interact with its environment. As with any structure...

Weathering Your Track Like the Prototype Part 1

Written by Shawn Branstetter

When I was newer to the hobby, I was content with laying flex track on plywood, spraying it flat black, painting the ties a wood color and call it good. As I spent more time railfanning, I noticed a...

Painting Your Trucks

Written by Shawn Branstetter

In the past, when I completed a new model freight car or locomotive, I would paint the trucks black, add some weathering powers and call it good. I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time on them for the...

MinitrainS F&C Locomotive in HOn30, part 1

Written by Rich Brungard

Nearly a year ago, in the deep dark places of internet geekdom where few travel, a buzz was generating over a tiny locomotive that had yet to hit the shelves. Pre-Production photographs were...

The On30 Wolfscreek Micro Layout

Written by René Wolf

Wolfscreek was my first layout build in 0n30 scale. It is a mini/micro layout build on an area of 120x50cm. Well to be honest, that's the visible area. Out of sight there are 2 tracks of 50cm to...

Forming Freight Car Stirrups from Staples

Written by Joseph Kreiss

It's a five-hour drive to and from the nearest hobby shop from my home. And because of that, I tend to be kind of resourceful and creative when it comes to “Plan B” when working on my layouts. I...

The Art of Blending Two Layouts Into One Space Part 12: Tackling Turnouts

Written by Joseph Kreiss

As I hand laid track on my On30 Mosquito Creek Lumber Co. swamp logger layout, it was inevitable I would eventually have to build some turnouts! And since I began laying code 83 rail in the...

Creating Realistic Concrete Part 2

Written by Shawn Branstetter

In my last article, I described my basic method for aging concrete. Now, I will take that process a step further and show you how to make concrete that is in need of repair and falling apart. If you...

The Art of Blending Two Layouts Into One Space Part 11: Let The Spiking Begin!

Written by Joseph Kreiss

Now that ties are in glued place on the roadbed, it's time to spike some rail on my On30 Mosquito Creek Lumber Co. layout! As I mentioned before, it's very important to assemble the right tools...

Creating Realistic Concrete

Written by Shawn Branstetter

This project started a while ago when Edward Traxler and I were talking about cheap scenery material that we could use in our projects. He mentioned playground sand that is found in 50lb bags at your...

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