Modeling Tips & How To’s

A Column by David Lindemer

June, 2019

When I re-engaged with this hobby after a 55 year hiatus, I found almost everything new and different, a bit intimidating. In addition to our Division 5 NMRA meetings, various clinics, magazines and “how-to” books, I have found some internet sources and YouTube videos to be especially interesting and informative. And many of you have your own favorite internet sources that I know nothing about. At the invitation of Mark and Andy I am volunteering to write a column for our Capitol Division Newsletter where we can share those sources we each find helpful to our skill development.

Here’s how this will work initially (we can fine-tune this as we go; suggestions welcome): Members, please email me the sites and videos that you find helpful in your modeling skill development. I will then pull them together and get them to Mark for inclusion in the next issue of the newsletter. Each submitted cyber resource should include: 1 – the link to access the resource; 2 – the cost, if any; and 3 – a brief description of the subject matter.

I’ll kick it off this month with two suggestions. Take a look before our April 13 meeting if you’re able. We may take a couple of minutes during that meeting to discuss the workings of this new column. You may send your favorite sites for listing to me at: davidlindemer@yahoo.com, please put “modeling resources” in the subject line.

1) You may google “Jason Jenson Trains” to be led to a selection of his YouTube videos that seem to deal with structures, weathering, and kit-bashing. Each video is well done, thorough, nicely presented. They’re free, longish but complete: 12 minutes to 55+ minutes each, and he frequently mentions (and uses) products from kc’s workshop. Samples: asphalt roofing, shingle roofing, siding, applying and weathering signs on buildings, etc.

2) Al Lee sends out emails one to 3 times per week, and each one will list tips for layout building that have been submitted to him by his readers. Most entries fall far short of MMR calibre, but occasionally there’s an interesting approach to a modeling issue. You will find an introduction to his site and blog at http://modelrailwaylayoutsplans.com  His blog and emails are free, and he also hawks his son’s card-stock structures.

I found his site helpful when I first got back into the hobby. Several days ago I was quite impressed with a modeler’s entry about making the layout “accessible.” That is, creating removable scenery sections, so that all hidden track is accessible. That one is here: (sound comes in late and prepare for the British accent) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp57j0X58G0

September, 2019

This is the third installment of this column in which we share sites we find interesting and helpful to our modeling skill development. Terry Davis suggests we spend some time watching the Bar Mills Scale Model Works instructional videos that the company presents on its site. The videos are done by Art Fahie (owner) and one of his model design specialists, Jack Ellis. Terry finds the videos educational and he adds that the two model builders often provide different approaches to a build issue. Of the 18 videos currently on the site, a few of the titles are: “Choosing the Right Glue,” “The Best Paints To Have Handy,” “How To Paint Plastic Windows,” and “All About Alcohol and India Ink.” The link is: barmillsmodels.com/index.php#anc-videoclinics.

You may share your favorite internet resources by sending the information to me at: davidlindemer@yahoo.com Please put “modeling resources” in the subject line. Each submitted cyber resource should include: 1 – the link to access the resource; 2 – the cost, if any; and 3 – a brief description of the subject matter.

October, 2019

This is the fourth installment of this column in which we share sites we find interesting and helpful to our modeling skill development. This month we feature selections submitted by member Jeremy Brown. Jeremy offers a couple of YouTube sources he subscribes to as well as the links to his own YouTube videos that include some “How-To’s” about using the AnyRail software for layout design. The link to his FaceBook page is also included. Here you go…

Mike Deverell – HO scale layout – How To videos and update videos about his layout. He will do How To videos on items he is currently working on, such as buildings, laser cutting, 3D printing, electronics, JMRI, etc.

Rons Trains N Things – Lots of How To videos that are short and great content.

A Modelers Life Pod Cast – there is some tips but he has great interviews with modelers and manufactures. The Libsyn site has the free Pod Cast.

Santa Fe – High Desert Division – This is my layout and I have some “How To” videos on there and will add more as I work on my layout. Also here is a link to the layout Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490745031104239/

Hey Capitol Division members — the well is going dry. You may share your favorite internet resources by sending the information to me at: davidlindemer@yahoo.com. Please put “modeling resources” in the subject line.Each submitted cyber resource should include: 1 – the link to access the resource; 2 – the cost, if any; and 3 – a brief description of the subject matter.