Category Archives: Reference

Super-Detailed Modeling

Some of you folks have told me that I build super-detailed models.  I appreciate the kind words, but – in all honesty – I have to let you know a little secret.  I only build models that make you think … Continue reading

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Red Rock Canyon Article Has Been Updated

I have added a few more photos and some explanations to the Red Rock Canyon article in the ARTICLES section of this web site.  This article shows some of the earliest construction on the layout.

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New Article Posted on Trestles – RGS Style

I have posted a new item in the ARTICLES section titled “Trestles – RGS Style.”  This is a portion of the article of the same title that used to be on my old home page.  This was part of the … Continue reading

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Bridge 45-B Article Added

I have just uploaded a PDF copy of an article I wrote back in 2002 about building a 1:64 scale model of the 45-B trestle at Ophir, Colorado.  It is in the “ARTICLES” section of this web site.

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K-27 Battery Conversion

Since posting the article on the C-19 battery conversion, I have had a few inquiries about how I modified my Bachmann K-27.  Basically, the K-27 conversion is pretty straight-forward.  You just remove the dummy circuit board in the tender and … Continue reading

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Locomotive Case Redux

Change Log: 01/26/2012 – Corrected typos and fixed minor error in Bill of Material. Back in the summer of 2009, I built a case to hold a K-27. It has worked out fairly well, and I have used it on numerous … Continue reading

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Good-bye Old Friend

Goodbye, old friend.  I really hate to see you go.  I know I griped a lot about how messy you were.  And I never did enjoy the job of cleaning up after you.  But – now that you’re gone – … Continue reading

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Railroad Collectibles from Southern California

It’s been a while since I posted anything new, so I thought I would start off the new year with something a bit different. No, it’s not about the RGS or 1:20.3 scale — but it is about railroading. First, … Continue reading

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Introduction I weather most things on my layout first before giving Mother Nature a go at it.  I find that I can do it a lot faster than she can.  I use a lot of the typical tricks and short-cuts … Continue reading

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C-19 Battery Conversion Project

I fell in love with a “new-in-the box” Accucraft C-19 model of RGS #41 on display in the RGSRR Hobbies booth at the NGRC last month.  I really tried to resist but the model kept saying “take me, take me” … Continue reading

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