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!

A “Hot Shot” Diorama

February 11, 2016

A “Hot Shot” Diorama

A famous O. Winston Link photograph provided the inspiration for this HO scale diorama constructed for an exhibit at the George Eastman House by the RIT Model Railroad Club.

Charles A. Penn – Penn Publications

January 5, 2016

Charles A. Penn – Penn Publications

Charles A. Penn was editor and publisher of Railroad Model Craftsman from 1933 through 1963, when he turned the reins over to Hal Carstens.

Variations on a Theme

December 20, 2015

Variations on a Theme

These five easy projects made use of a readily available inexpensive kit for their basis. Only a few additional items were added to change the character and use of each model.

2015 New England Northeast RPM Meet

June 1, 2015

2015 New England Northeast RPM Meet

New England offers a lot to model railway enthusiasts, and the home teams were well-represented at the 2015 New England/Northeast RPM Meet in Collinsville, Conn.

Make your own chain link fence

August 20, 2013

Make your own chain link fence

You can make your own chain link fence to fit any size lot on your model railroad. The author holds up a completed section of fence prior to painting which he made from simple brass rod nylon tulle.

For the Love of Trains

April 27, 2013

For the Love of Trains

Collector Consist columnist Keith Wills recalls a day-long trip into New York City to visit famous model train showrooms and hobby shops at mid-century.

One Car or a Hundred: The Ontario Central Railroad

May 10, 2012

One Car or a Hundred: The Ontario Central Railroad

Model railroads are an exercise in compromise. We cannot always include every feature and every length of track we wish to include. This is one of the reasons short lines make good candidates for model railroads!

Moving the NMRA Kalmbach Memorial Library online

September 10, 2010

Moving the NMRA Kalmbach Memorial Library online

The NMRA Library has more than 100,000 images, negatives, slides, plans and drawings, and only a handful have ever been seen by NMRA members because it would have entailed making a personal trip to Headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to flip through the files.

Effective paint masks to stop the bleeding

May 16, 2010

Effective paint masks to stop the bleeding

Easy to make masks from strip styrene helps make painting structure walls with cast-in details much easier and cleaner to finish.