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Tichy Train Group: Old Style flat car.
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In the previous post you could see this car in the background of a couple of the pics.  For a plastic kit I was surprised at the level of detail that comes on this kit.  There are many fragile parts on this kit, but the end results are what made it worthwhile. I thought the brake details were surprisingly good, and weren’t that difficult to...

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Walther’s Lasercut kit: Macon’s
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Another Walther’s kit I bought recently was Macon’s, a laser cut wood and card kit. I painted the walls using Floquil, and used my India ink and alcohol wash.  The tool is being used to prevent warpage. This kit went together pretty easily with only minor sanding.  In contrast to the other kit I built the instructions were pretty good, and had a couple full color photographs....

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Athearn ready to run cars
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I recently picked up another couple of cars from my local hobby shop (impulse purchase while waiting for my Tsunami decoders to arrive).   I was amazed at the amount of detail available on this 3 bay offset hopper from Athearn.   I also picked up an Athearn stock car. After these pictures I took my usual steps and replaced the couplers with Kadees...

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New Kits at various stages of construction
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Lately I have been working on several small kits from a couple different manufacturers. The first kit is Sweaty Betty’s from Bar Mills Scale Model Works.  This was a birthday present from my wife. This kit has been really easy to build, the directions are supurb as I have found is standard for Bar Mills.  The way the front windows are put together is...

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Product Review:  Micro-Mark magnetic gluing jig
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Another tool that I recently acquired was the magnetic gluing jig from Micro-Mark.  This is a very simple tool in that it is just a metal plate with edges bent up at 90 degrees, and some magnets for holding pieces.  Using magnets this way allows infinite variation in how they are placed to hold pieces next to each other. I used this jig in...

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