APRIL 2020:  This month we visit John Peluso’s immersive HO scale double-deck Frisco Lines model railroad, modeled after the busy St. Louis-Kansas City main line. James Kinkaid launches the first of his four-part series on Pullman-Standard 5077 boxcars, while Alan Mende walks us through his Brill trolley kitbash based on a Bachmann shell. Bill Gill models a coal silo, and George Dutka shows us easy techniques for fading paint. Enjoy scenery tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the March issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

Simple Options for Modeling Faded Paint

Simple Options for Modeling Faded Paint

In the past few years I have come across two very simple procedures to replicate faded paint on various types of model railroad equipment that anyone can master easily.


John Peluso’s HO Scale Frisco Lines

John Peluso’s HO Scale Frisco Lines

John Peluso models the busy St. Louis-to-Springfield section of the Frisco, based on his fond childhood memories riding his bike down to the tracks near Sublette Ave. in St. Louis.


American Cottages from Woodland Scenics in HO Scale

American Cottages from Woodland Scenics in HO Scale

Pristine or heavily weathered, these cottages can be used in any era from the late 1800s through the present, making these a useful addition to nearly every layout or diorama.


Athearn Genesis EMD SD90MAC-H Phase II in HO Scale

Athearn Genesis EMD SD90MAC-H Phase II in HO Scale

In 1995 EMD unveiled its all-new SD90MAC-H, equipped with a 6,000hp 16-cylinder 265H prime mover. Even today, this unit remains the largest and longest single-engine locomotive ever produced by Electro-Motive.


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