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Focused on camera cars

Focused on camera cars

Air compressor connections for model railroaders

Air compressor connections for model railroaders

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Video 101: Scouting locations

Video 101: Scouting locations

Location scouting is a vital part of filmmaking. A movie-production company sends an advance team...

Video 101: Vignettes and transitions

Video 101: Vignettes and transitions

A “vignette” is a small portrait whose edges fade into the background without a definite...

Stuff We Use: Get straight cuts with a miter box and razor saw

Stuff We Use: Get straight cuts with a miter box and razor saw

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Stuff We Use: Bachmann HO scale track cleaning car

Stuff We Use: Bachmann HO scale track cleaning car

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Video 101: Sharper images

Video 101: Sharper images

“Aria” wrote in, asking how to get sharply focused videos that reveal the road names...

Video 101: Talking pictures

Video 101: Talking pictures

We can do something with our videos that frontier photographers could not. We can make...

Video 101 Trains at twilight

Video 101 Trains at twilight

Many garden railways are lighted for evening viewing. Some have intricate model street lighting, while...

Video 101: Where’s my stuff?

Video 101: Where’s my stuff?

Even short videos require lots of media. Locating your libraries of video clips, photographs, sound...

Video 101: Postproduction

Video 101: Postproduction

“The trainyard is your media; the train is your story. Assemble the tracks you need....

Video 101: Shooting on location

Video 101: Shooting on location

Today we hit the road. Our goal will be to make an interesting 3 minute,...

Video 101: Movies tell stories

Video 101: Movies tell stories

Some of my first video clips were simply attempts to show the sheer joy of...

Video extra: Rehab My Railroad

Video extra: Rehab My Railroad

Model Railroader Quick Tips: Easy airbrush cleaning fluid

Model Railroader Quick Tips: Easy airbrush cleaning fluid

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Model Railroader Quick Tips: Caulk for tracklaying

Model Railroader Quick Tips: Caulk for tracklaying

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Model Railroader Quick Tips: Corrugated metal siding

Model Railroader Quick Tips: Corrugated metal siding

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Model Railroad Operations: Six tips for better operations

Model Railroad Operations: Six tips for better operations

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Demonstration of magnetic air hoses on HO scale freight cars

Demonstration of magnetic air hoses on HO scale freight cars

Having trouble viewing this video?   Please visit our Video FAQ page Model Railroader contributing editor Pelle...

How to paint wheelsets on model train cars

How to paint wheelsets on model train cars

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