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January 2012

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Hauling freight in Hawaii

The HO scale Big Island Rail plays “what if” in the 50th state

How to add DCC sound to a compact HO switcher

An ESU LokSound decoder and speaker work well in this Bachmann 44-tonner

Kitbash an offset swing bridge

Modifying a styrene kit to model an unusual counterweighted prototype

Build The Virginian: A 4 x 8 with more

Part 1: The plan and operation for our HO scale project layout

9 tips for an organized workbench

These tips can make completing projects easier, faster, and more enjoyable

From grass mat to weed patch

Use long grass fiber mats to add overgrown areas to your layout

Adding background sound to your layout

Portable compact disc players, sound effects CDs, and computer speakers make this an easy project

Track plan for an N scale urban terminal railroad

Lift-up and roll-away sections allow easy pass-through access to this 10 x 13-foot downtown switching layout

Great Scenery Tips

Great Scenery Tips

Realistic creeks and streams.

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