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November 2009

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Easy autumn trees

Applying acrylic paint to foliage for realistic results

Catch the parade on the Pennsy

Capturing the spirit of railfanning in 1940

Make realistic weeds

Using fake fur to model tufts of grass

Build laser-cut wood structures

12 simple steps to construct an HO interlocking tower

Guide to track-planning software

How to pick the package that's right for you

Two reviews of track-planning software

Two levels on a shelf

Am N scale plan for a busy industrial district

Kitbash two McCloud Ry. SD38s

Kato HO SD40s are the starting point for this project

LED basics for model railroaders

How to select and use light-emitting diodes

Pounding out lava-rock dirt

A garden stone makes modeling Oklahoma earth easy

The long road to Tuxedo Junction

An HO layout 57 years in the making

Model a triangular barrier gate

An easy-to-build detail for roads and rail crossings


Two great beginner layouts.

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