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IMPROVE YOUR LAYOUT TODAY!, pg. 7
Introduction
by Carl Swanson

INSTALLING A LAYOUT SKIRT ON CURVED FASCIA, pg. 8
A simple, inexpensive method helps complete a flowing layout edge
by Jeff Sargeant

BUILD BENCHWORK FOR A SECTIONAL LAYOUT, pg. 11
A way to prepare for disassembly or a household move
by Pelle Søeborg

BUILD A LIFT-UP SECTION THAT LOCKS IN PLACE, pg. 16
A simple mechanism holds a lift span high enough to walk under
by James P. Murphy

HOW TO MAKE OLDER TURNOUTS DCC-FRIENDLY, pg. 2o
Reduce the potential for short circuits by following these easy techniques
by Larry Puckett

TIPS FOR IMPROVING TURNOUTS, pg. 23
With a little attention, commercial turnouts can be ready for their closeups
by Pelle Søeborg

TIPS FOR CONSISTING DCC LOCOMOTIVES, pg. 26
By Larry Puckett

HOW TO PAINT AND WEATHER TRACK IN 5 STEPS (AND HOW TO LAY IT), pg. 28
Spray painting, brush painting, and a wash enhance commercial track
by Lou Sassi

BUILD A MOUNTAIN SCENERY, pg. 32
A diorama makes a great setting to display models and hone scenery techniques
by Steve Buchanan

HOW TO LAYER BACKDROPS FOR DEPTH, pg. 35
By Cody Grivno

BUILD A COAL TRUCK DUMP, pg. 38
This compact trackside industry provides a spot for loading hoppers
by Ken Kyser

EASY WALL SIGNS WITH IMAGE TRANSFER, pg. 42
Acrylic medium turns computer printouts to convincing painted-on signs
by Jeff Goldenberg

7 HELPFUL HINTS TO BETTER BRIDGES, pg. 46
These tips will help you adapt commercial materials to the situations on your layout
by Mark Dance

HOW TO SCRATCHBUILD A BEAM BRIDGE, PG. 49
Wooden ties and plastic girders combine to make an eye-catching span
by Jim Ferenc

HOW TO MODEL A DESERT, pg. 54
Make a realistic HO scale diorama using old and new techniques
by Kim Nipkow

HOW TO MODEL JOSHUA TREES, pg. 58
Use wire to model an interesting plant unique to America’s Mojave Desert
by Kim Nipkow

A NEW LOOK FOR A ‘BLUE BOX’ CAR, pg. 60
Breathing new life into an older Athearn boxcar
by Andy Renshaw

THREE WAYS TO WEATHER ROLLING STOCK, pg. 64
Enhance cement hoppers with theatrical powders, pigment ink, or acrylic craft paints
by M.R. Snell

WEATHERING ROOFTOPS, pg. 68
How to make the tops of locomotives and freight cars look like the real thing
by Pelle Søeborg

HOW TO WEATHER WITH ACRYLICS, pg. 72
By Cody Grivno

USING LOCOMOTIVE BELL AND WHISTLE SIGNALS, pg. 75
By Jim Hediger

HOW TO MODEL A FLATCAR FULL OF TRACTORS, pg. 76
Even the load can become a part of the operating session
by Mont Switzer

ENHANCE THE DECK OF A READY-TO-RUN FLATCAR, pg. 81
Sand, file, paint, and weather your car to show years of use
by M.R. Snell