RMC Perspective

Welcome to RMC Perspective, where we explore the hobby and philospohy of model railroading from a variety of points of view.

One-Town Layouts

August 16, 2023

One-Town Layouts

You don’t need a spacious basement to build a layout! One-town layouts work well if you like operating with a few friends or just by yourself.

Compact and Colorful: Modeling the 1800s

July 23, 2023

Compact and Colorful: Modeling the 1800s

Modeling railroads of the 19th century can be a fun and rewarding experience for those looking for a challenge.

New Uses for Old Parts

June 16, 2023

New Uses for Old Parts

Learning to see new possibilities for pre-made details has saved a lot of frustrating efforts trying to precisely fabricate things.

Souvenirs From the Past

June 6, 2023

Souvenirs From the Past

How many of us “experienced” modelers can remember the special thrill we felt when we started out in this vast, creative hobby we call model railroading?

Modeling The “Bad Old Days”

April 17, 2023

Modeling The “Bad Old Days”

The 1960s were a tough time in American railroading, but a colorful and interesting time to consider as modeling inspiration.

The Gold Spike on Your Model Railroad

March 17, 2023

The Gold Spike on Your Model Railroad

Host a golden spike celebration when you complete track laying on your home layout, and invite your friends and family to attend.

90 Years of Perspective

February 16, 2023

90 Years of Perspective

Past editors reflect on the evolution of 90 years of hobby history through the pages of Railroad Model Craftsman.

Is Modern Boring?

February 6, 2023

Is Modern Boring?

Are the trains of today less interesting than those of the past? Andrew Castle makes a case for modeling today’s modern variety.

Counterpoint to Counting Rivets

January 15, 2023

Counterpoint to Counting Rivets

Instead of “rivet counting,” my objective is to make each model recognizable to someone who was familiar with the real thing.

Support Your Local Hobbyist

December 15, 2022

Support Your Local Hobbyist

We are told to support our local hobby shops… I want local hobby shops too, but they need to want my business more.