RMC Extra Board

Welcome to Craftsman Extra Board! This section is updated periodically with short features contributed by our readers, as well as some recent favorites straight from the pages of Railroad Model Craftsman. Check back as we continue to add new articles!

Lehigh Valley Caboose Kitbash in HO Scale

June 3, 2020

Lehigh Valley Caboose Kitbash in HO Scale

With some careful research and work, a cheap Life-Like “train set” car can be turned into a rewarding model of a Lehigh Valley Northeastern style caboose.

John Schindler’s HO Scale St. Louis Junction Railroad

May 20, 2020

John Schindler’s HO Scale St. Louis Junction Railroad

The St. Louis Junction Railroad is a freelanced operation based on the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA). The TRRA is a large terminal and neutral switching railroad operating on both the Missouri and Illinois sides of the Mississippi River.

RMC Layout Design Clinic: Lessons Learned

May 11, 2020

RMC Layout Design Clinic: Lessons Learned

How many opportunities do you get for a “do-over?” That was the opportunity presented to the members of the Rochester Institute of Technology Model Railroad Club (RITMRC) just a few years ago when they decided to tear down their existing layout and start over with a new design.

Testors Discontinues Popular Lines of Model Paint

May 6, 2020

Testors Discontinues Popular Lines of Model Paint

Testors Model Master, Pactra, and Aztek brand paints will be discontinued, but there are still many options for model railroaders.

Get Wrecked: Modeling a Wreck Damaged Santa Fe C30-7

April 15, 2020

Get Wrecked: Modeling a Wreck Damaged Santa Fe C30-7

This wrecked Santa Fe C30-7 isn’t the first piece of wrecked equipment that I’ve placed on a flat car, but for the purposes of an operating layout that features a scrap yard, I had to make this load removable.

Model the Polka Dot Diner in HO Scale

April 15, 2020

Model the Polka Dot Diner in HO Scale

Situated in downtown White River Junction, the Polka Dot Diner has been a local gathering spot since 1925. The author’s HO scale replica of the iconic diner is part of a larger scene representing the city on his White River Division model railroad.

NRMA Cancels 2020 National Convention, Train Show Amid Pandemic

April 9, 2020

NRMA Cancels 2020 National Convention, Train Show Amid Pandemic

National Model Railroad Association has been forced to cancel its annual convention for the first time in history amid the coronavirus pandemic.

WRP welcomes Justin Franz to staff of Railroad Model Craftsman

April 6, 2020

WRP welcomes Justin Franz to staff of Railroad Model Craftsman

WRP is pleased to announce that Justin Franz will be joining the full-time staff of Railroad Model Craftsman as an Associate Editor.

Simple Options for Modeling Faded Paint

March 16, 2020

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

March 16, 2020

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.