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A 0-6-6-0 Mallet »

From Peter Bartlett:

3D printing challenges explained »

From: Mark in Denver Below paragraph on the process from the Shapeways website. As you can see the process is involved (not quite as intense as some other ways but still a few steps). The material is acrylic plastic, if you use Plastruct or Pro Weld with a light coating over flat areas and such […]

T&T SRRL No 24, Disassembly and installation of a DCC decoder »

From Peter Smith Initial Impressions This brass loco is made by Art Hobbies Inc in Korea. Everything about it is superb and it is beautifully finished in SRRL black with a Tuscan red cab roof.

The Roving Reporter Car »

From Mick Thornton, 19 Sep 2011 Provenance: Well it started off and of course still is, a fairly primitive “weekend bash project” that was one of those ideas to use up some bits from the spares box fired by a suitable inspiration. In this case the inspiration was the late Reinier Hendriksen who made a […]

Finishing shingles »

From Ken Lunders Method #1 First, spray all the sheets with Tamiya gray primer. After it is completely dry, using a 1/4″ wide wash brush (Wash brushes usually have “wash” printed on the handle) randomly paint/streak Floquil Roof Brown on each sheet until about 70% to 80% of the primer is covered. Be careful not […]

Staining wood, by Dave Frary »

From Dave Frary, 2 Mar 2011 I never stain raw wood because the results are unpredictable. I age the wood by scribing or scraping and then prime it either with Foundation or gray auto primer. When the primer is dry I lightly rescribe the wood.

Wood staining trouble »

From Jason, 2.Mar.2010 “I just tried staining a sheet of Northeastern scribed wood, and irregular darker shades developed crosswise to the wood and scribing (and my brush strokes). The recepie has worked without trouble before, alcohol based wood stain thinned with alcohol approximately 50/50.” – Jorgen