FEBRUARY 2018: No. 9, a classic brass GE 44-tonner rebuilt by editor Stephen M. Priest, has just set a cut of cars into Fuhriman Gear Works. Stephen explains how you can give new life to old brass models. Also in this issue, Victor Hand uses provisional structures to conceptualize his New York Central layout, Lance Mindheim models photo-realistic pavement, an SD30C-ECO “rebuild” is meticulously modeled and documented by Scott Kuhn, and Part 2 of our “Consider the Commuter” RMC Project Layout series… All this and more in the February issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

Consider the Commuter: An RMC Project Layout: Part 1

Consider the Commuter: An RMC Project Layout: Part 1

Whether you have an established model railroad or are just starting out; whether you model the steam era or modern diesels; whether you model the New Mexico desert or a bustling East Coast city, you can make commuter trains a part of your plans.


Mike McClain’s MKT Kansas City South in HO Scale

Mike McClain’s MKT Kansas City South in HO Scale

It was Missouri-Kansas-Texas’ John Deere green-and-yellow diesels that caught Mike McClain’s eye as he watched Katy trains working south out of Kansas City. Those experiences cemented his decision to build the MKT in the basement of his suburban Kansas City home.


WalthersProto Phase II GP35 in HO Scale

WalthersProto Phase II GP35 in HO Scale

If you are a mid 1960s or later era HO scale modeler, your going to quickly fall in love with the new WalthersProto Phase II GP35. No disappointments here to speak of; it’s simply just the model us second generation diesel fans have been waiting for all these years.


ScaleTrains Southern Railway SD40-2 in HO

ScaleTrains Southern Railway SD40-2 in HO

While not the first rendering of the venerable EMD SD40-2 in HO, this attempt by ScaleTrains promises to be the last word on the prototype, eventually encompassing all the major and minor production phase changes of this popular diesel, as well as road-specific details.


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