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Trainspotting

Written by Shawn Branstetter

For those not familiar with AK Interactive, their focus is mostly with military model kits, paint and specialize in weathering. Their products are easy to use, even for the novice. They have just...

Laser Cut Joint Bar Details

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Precision Design Co. sell a couple of different style joint bars for O, S, HO and N scales. These parts are laser cut from plywood and not intended to hold track together but rather add a nice detail...

HOn30 Rolling Stock Laser Kits

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Marsh Creek Miniatures has announced it's first run of laser rolling stock kits. The first is a 20' boxcar and 20' low side gondola. Grab Iron holes are pre drilled for fast and accurate assembly....

HOn3 D&RGW 30-Foot Refrigerator Cars

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Originally built by American Car & Foundry in 1908 and numbered 32 to 81, these 20-ton “short” reefers hauled perishables throughout the Colorado narrow gauge system until the late 1950s. This...

Red Caboose O Scale GP9 Metal Frame Upgrade

Written by Shawn Branstetter

FineScale 360 has began selling metal aluminum replacement frames for the Red Caboose O Scale GP9. The frames are intended to be used with the P&D hobbies repower kits and will not work with the...

Econami™ Digital Sound Decoder Value Line

Written by Shawn Branstetter

This month, SoundTraxx will release Econami, a new line of digital sound decoders for budget-conscious customers who don’t want to sacrifice quality for cost. Starting at $79.95, Econami is a full-...

Blackstone Models HOn3 D&RGW 30’ Refrigerator Cars

Written by Shawn Branstetter

The wait for the all-new Blackstone Models HOn3 Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) 30’ Refrigerator Cars is almost over! The decoration samples have been approved and this all-new release is...

A Recap of the Fine Scale Model Railroad Expo

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Written by Richard Brungard, photos by John M. Sullivan. I’m sure that many readers have been to a train show, in some form or another at least once in their lives. They run the gambit from local...

Bridge & Trestle Jigs

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Black Bear Construction Co continues to provide useful products for scratchbuilders of all scales with the addition of new trestle and bridge jigs. These hard acrylic jigs range in gauge from Z...

Trestle & Bridge Materials Packs

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Black Bear Construction Company is selling materials packs for their trestle and bridge jigs. My O Scale pack included enough material to build a five leg trestle, more than six inches tall with full...

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