Product Reviews

Chipping and Worn Effects

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Many of us are familiar with the hairspray technique for creating peeling and chipping paint effects. There was also a time when many of us, including myself used rubber cement to add realism to our...

Spikes

Written by Shawn Branstetter

The search for the perfect spikes has been the topic of discussion for many decades among those of us who hand-lay our track. Most of the commercial ones available are grossly out of scale,...

O Scale Simplex Arch-Bar Trucks

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Protocraft has been manufacturing tools, track and detail parts for O Scale modelers for several years now and their products continue to grow. What I am most excited about are their line of brass...

Tie Rack Tie Jigs

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Fast Tracks is a supplier of track laying tools and supplies for model railroads ranging Z to O Scale. I recently had a chance to try one of their Tie Rack Jig kits. For those of you that are...

1:48 Corrugated Metal Tool

Written by Edward Traxler

Fassett Studios make a great tool for the HO through G scale scratchbuilder, a Corrugated Metal Die for shaping scale corrugated metal. The sturdy plastic die comes in two parts used to sandwich...

Scale Working Type E Couplers

Written by Shawn Branstetter

San Juan Car Co. produces kits for a working type E coupler suitable for O and On3. As with all of their products, they are extremely detailed. I have not spent much time testing them so I can not...

Jerry Can Set 1:48 Scale

Written by Shawn Branstetter

The Jerry Can Set by Tamiya can be used to detail your O scale layout or diorama. Inside you will find highly detailed plastic parts to assemble both U.S. and German fuel drums, jerry cans, bags...

Proto:48 Bettendorf Trucks

Written by Shawn Branstetter

San Juan Car Co. has been producing kits and detail parts for O scale modelers for many years now. A couple of years ago became interested in Proto:48 and bought their Bettendorf truck kit to get a...