Model Train Weathering

How To : Weather rolling stock model train cars with chalk

Does the new plastic shine on your model train cars ruin the overall effect of a realistic model train layout? Turn minutes into years, by creating an aged finish on that fresh plastic surface. Watch this hobby how-to video and learn how to age and weather rolling stock model ...more

How To : Weather a model train diesel engine

Those shiny new model train cars might not fit in with the elaborate and realistic look of a model train layout. They're easily weathered to look like they've aged from years of work. Watch this hobby how to video and learn how to create a vintage look on a model train diesel ...more

How To : Weather a grainhopper model train for an aged finish

Brand new model train cars might ruin the overall effect of the train tracks. Trains that look like they've been out on the job for years look more realistic. Watch this hobby how-to video and learn how to give an aged and weathered finish to a grainhopper model train car.

How To : Install and weather flex track for model railroads

Need to secure your track to the road bed for your model railroad? Well, this video tutorial will show you how to do it, not to mention show you how to weather your flex track. If you're into model railroading, or rail transport systems, or scaled trains, or whatever you want ...more

How To : Create model train layouts

In this series of model train layout videos, our expert diorama builder will share his experience of building his re-creation of Verde Valley. Part 1 of 17 - How to Create model train layouts. Create model train layouts - Part 2 of 17. Click through to watch this video on expe ...more

How To : Build trestle bents of a model train set

Check out this model train tutorial video that demonstrates how to build the trestle bents of an HO model railroad. This is just an instructional video about how trestle bents were made for a particular model railroad. Make your own model train set with this video. Part 1 of 3 ...more

How To : Make villages for model train layouts

In this series of hobby videos, you will learn how to create accurate layouts of model train villages by comparing them with vintage photos. Part 1 of 16 - How to Make villages for model train layouts. Make villages for model train layouts - Part 2 of 16. Click through to watc ...more

How To : Build a model train village

In this series of hobby videos, you will learn how to create your own model trail village. Our expert will help you to create a styrofoam base for your landscape, then suggest how to add buildings, cars, even sidewalks and roads to your model train layout. Watch this series to ...more

How To : Hand lay scaled model railroad turnouts

Need a new hobby? How about railroad modeling? You can turn a full sized train and rail transport into a scaled model for you to enjoy. Model railroading is a hobby that requires attention to detail, so no slackers here, please. Watch this video tutorial to see how to hand la ...more

How To : Make foam box miniature mountains

A quick and inexpensive method of making highly detailed miniature landscapes for model railways, diorama's or garden sculptures. This is a vivid scenery design lesson perfect for your train scenes or other mountain scapes.

How To : Model grass for miniature dioramas and game terrain

Here's how to place grass into your diorama scenery. These tactics may be familiar to model train builders, but there are endless fibers that can create texture for miniature landscapes. Make grass for dioramas, Warhammer, architectural models and other miniatures.

News : China's City Swallowing Bus

China's latest futuristic project is a massive "3D Express Coach", a clever project proposed by Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co. as a solution to traffic in the extremely overpopulated country. The gigantic bus will allow cars less than 2 meters high to travel unde ...more

How To : Replace the drive belt in an Infiniti G35

Infiniti is like no other car, it has emotion, it has soul, it inspires. There's a difference between being physically transported and emotionally moved, and you can tell them apart when you sit inside this magnificent automobile. Although the Infiniti is like a dream car, it ...more

News : World's Tiniest Electric Train Set

Allegedly the world's smallest model train, Stan's Trains' TY-Scale train is built at the scale of 1:900. Note the tape dispenser and dime (in video) for reference. The obsessively small scale truly demonstrates the hobbyist's technical mastery. Interested in venturing into ...more

Today's Tidbit : Statistics Beat Taste Buds

As discussed in a previous tidbit, people are over-confident in their abilities for many reasons. Here's an example... The price of wine varies enormously by vintage. There is a HUGE industry in predicting which young wines will become expensive when they've aged. There are h ...more

How To : Wire your model railroad track

If you're at the point where you need to start ballasting your model railroad track, then you might want to check out this video tutorial on wiring. Learn how to wire your model railroad track. So, see how to run the feeder cables to power up your ballasts to power up your mi ...more

How To : Model railroad scenery using extruded foam

Are your hobbies building model trains? Well, I hope you are building your own model sets the way you want to, but if you're stumped in the model railroading process, check out this nine-part video tutorial to see how to model railroad scenery using extruded foam. If you aren' ...more

How To : Ask "How do you like your job?" in English

This video teaches English-language learners how to respond to questions beginning with the words "How do you like". There are two types of questions in English that begin with the words "How do you like". The first kind requires an answer in the form of an opinion. The second ...more

How To : Ballast your model railroad track

Okay, you've got all of your feed wires set up on your model railway track, now what? Ballasting. Check out this video tutorial to see how to ballast your model railroad track. You are going to need some ballast, which is a fine N scale (1:160) ballast. You are going to also ...more

How To : Throw a Naked Sushi Party

The Japanese know how to party. Browsing the internet for my daily fix of Weird Asian News, I stumbled across this article on Cannibal Banquets. According to Steve Levenstein, Japanese Innovations Writer, "a pinata-like 'body' is carefully crafted, then stuffed with edible go ...more

How To : Make model railroad tunnels

Tunnels can help make your model railroad set-up come alive. But professionally made tunnels can be expensive, and they lack character. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make your own, customized tunnels. Materials needed: Styrofoam, either in two-inch thick sheets or larg ...more

How To : Paint miniatures by dry brushing

Watch this instructional video to begin painting miniatures with dry brush techniques. Dry brushing can create realistic weathered textures on dioramas, war game terrain, architectural models and model railroads.

How To : Paint model railroad tracks

Joe's Model Trains Co. has developed a mini paint roller specifically designed to paint model railroad track. It comes in two sizes; one for Z / N / HO scales and one for larger track like O / S scales. Each size is adjustable and includes rollers and extra disks to easily pai ...more

How To : Make a maglev motor

Ian uses round magnets, pencil, clay and glass slide to work his magic science experiment. Magentic levitation is said to be a solution for energy costs of trains because it cuts down friction and creates what is mythically regarded as a perpetual energy motor. This is an inte ...more

How To : Oscar Nom Review - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

The right combination of an appropriately awkward protagonist, a clever script with , and truly remarkable animation (including 3-d flying scenes that trump anything in ), made this flick a blast from start to finish. When he finds the fallen dragon, injured and helpless in t ...more

How To : Paper train your dog

Dogs have to learn bowel etiquette much quicker than humans, and these helpful steps will make sure your paper-trained pooch becomes man's best friend, not your carpet's worst nightmare. You Will Need * Patience * An untrained dog * A large supply of newspapers * Puppy gates ...more

How To : Walk in high heels and look good

In this video, Becca explains and demonstrates how to walk in high heels. Becca is neither a model nor has been professionally trained. The tips and tricks shown in the video are her own techniques after rigorous practice and experience. She suggests to start with a very short ...more

How To : Build extruded foam scenery

Here is a short tutorial for those of who wanting to build miniature scenery using a structure of layered foam. The adhesive not mentioned in the video is PL 300 foam. However, you can use any type of adhesive as long as its foam friendly. This two part instructional video pro ...more

How To : Change the oil and oil filter in an Infiniti G35

Infiniti is like no other car, it has emotion, it has soul, it inspires. There's a difference between being physically transported and emotionally moved, and you can tell them apart when you sit inside this magnificent automobile. Although the Infiniti is like a dream car, it ...more

Start Using Your Android Phone : The Complete Android Guide

Android-enabled mobile devices are taking the world by storm, giving Apple's iPhone a run for their money. And if you're holding an Android cell phone in your hand, getting accustomed to all the flashy features can be daunting, especially if you're new to multimedia smartphone ...more

How To : Choose a bike

Whether you're a pro or someone just taking off the training wheels, buying a bicycle can be difficult. There are plenty of choices and different kinds of bikes for different conditions. Knowing which bike to choose could be daunting. Taking the time to select the right bike e ...more

How To : Change your windshield wiper blades

New windshield wiper blades can be tough to install, but maintaining them is critical for safe driving in bad weather. You Will Need * New blades and attachments * Your car's manual (optional) * A small screwdriver (optional) Step 1: Buy the right blades for your car Buy the ...more

How To : Waterproof a remote controlled vehicle

If you call yourself a hobbyist or a kid at heart, you know that remote-controlled vehicles are more than just fun. If you're a serious R/C man, you'll know all about doing everything to your model truck or car, like fixing wheels, vamping the pinion gears, waterproofing, trou ...more

News : Old School Science Models

LIFE magazine has posted a gallery of bizarrely wonderful old school scientific models. Don't miss the giant fetus or massive colon (double ew). Behold, science education before computers ruled our world. A girl scout leans in to take a closer look at an enclosed model of the ...more

News : Making Art on Your iOS Device, Part 1: Drawing

From the onset of the popularization of apps for the iDevice, users have experimented with creating original artwork on their iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. And when famed British artist David Hockney christened the iDevice with his painterly digital drawings, the trend exploded even ...more

News : 1,200 Hot Wheels in Perpetual (NOISY) Motion

Chris Burden's latest piece is a portrait of L.A.'s hot mess of traffic, entitled Metropolis II. The artist has constructed a miniature highway system, complete with 1,200 custom-designed cars, 18 lanes, 13 toy trains and tracks, and a landscape of buildings made with wood blo ...more

How To : Jump Start a Car

We've all been there before: We're in a hurry to get somewhere (often in bad weather), so we get in the car, turn the key in the ignition and.....WHUH! WHUH! WHUH! The darned battery is dead! After a stream of choice expletives (that is, if you're anything like me....;o)), we ...more

News : Culver City Seido's Approach to "Self-Defense"

West LA Seido Karate-do embeds its personal protection program into its on-going classes. Private instruction in this aspect of Seido can also be arranged with Kyoshi on an individual basis. Personal protection, i.e. self-defense, at Seido uses a model of escalating stages of ...more

News : Brian Craig- Wankiiri Interview by Adam Reeder

The Process & Form Of Brian Craig- Wankiiri By Adam Reeder The best way to learn the trade of art is to do as artists have always done, learn from the best. I think it is without question that Brian Craig- Wankiiri is one of the greatest living sculptors on the planet. I fi ...more

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