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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 similar little inspection car and a couple of slightly larger railcars along the same sort of design which were published in two articles in the News around 10 years or so ago.
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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 to flood paint onto the paper shingles. Vary the pressure some, as well as the speed, to create variations in coverage. Brush this, and all following colors, aligned with the shingles, not in line with the rows on the sheet. Once this has dried completely, use Floquil Rail Brown and paint all the areas not previously colored by the Roof Brown. Read on…

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.
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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

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Staining wood »

Staining wood is a method to either get the look of another sort of wood or aged wood. Read on…

Converting the BCH Minitrains Plymouth to DCC »

Described here is how I converted a BCH Plymouth to DCC. The goal was to avoid drilling and milling, and still keep the shell and chassis as separate parts without any disturbing wires between the lamp circuit in the ceiling and the chassis. Read on…

Heavy power for the Carrabassett »

From Bob Hayden and Dave Frary
Instructions for building the original C&DR diesel, originally published in RMC in 1972 – published with permission from Dave Frary, please do not make copies for commercial purposes.

“Diesel power for an HOn30″ railroad is easily kitbashed from a Minitrix N scale Fairbanks-Morse H12-44 unit.” Read on here…