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How to model realistic roads with decals

Paint is the usual method for applying color to a model. But patterned or textured surfaces such as brick walls, cinder-block foundations, and roadways can be challenging to represent with paint. Fortunately, if the surface is relatively flat, another technique is viable. Digital photography, easy-to-use photo-editing software, and low-cost printers can create photo decals to represent these textures. Read the rest of this article by Lance Mindheim.
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Model railroad bench tops made easy with foam
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Video: Push-button controlled traverser for a staging yard
Check out this demo of Michael Hardwick's Arduino-controlled traverser featured in the August 2018 Model Railroader
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Construct a simple and reliable helix
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Airbrushing basics for model railroadersSubscriber Access Only
Tips and techniques for learning this essential model railroading skill
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Track ballasting made easy
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User video: How to model an operating overhead rolling door
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Plans for a fertilizer blend plant
Get the prototype drawings for this rail-served industry
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Winston-Salem Southbound Series: Cold Storage Scratchbuild – Part 1, Walls
Watch Model Railroader associate editor Eric White build the cold storage building for the HO scale Winston-Salem Southbound Tar Branch layout
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Plans for a passenger shelter
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Easy easements for model train track
Add an easement between straight and curved track to make your trains look more realistic.
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Compact diesel terminal online extras
Get the sand tower plans and handrail bending template for Thomas Klimoski's article in the January 2017 Model Railroader
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Off The Rails: Episode 1
Learn about three great tools every model railroader should have on his or her workbench
Pelle Soeborg freight car weathering tips
Realistic weathering tips for freight car models
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Free Article Greight yard design and operation
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Layout Projects

Tips and techniques for any layout

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