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Picture Adding panel lines to acf hoppers
Wednesday, 08 February 2012
Adding Panel Lines to ACF HoppersBill MockJanuary 2010 Here's a cheap and easy way to add those panel lines... Read more...
Picture Articles & Blogs Scroll
Wednesday, 08 February 2012
Welcome to Articles and Blog Scroll!   Anytime you create an Blog entry from "My Blog Dashboard" located under the "My ZCS" menu option, it will... Read more...
Picture Hopper Weathering Clinc II
Thursday, 09 February 2012
Hopper Weathering Clinic IIBy Bill MockDecember 2009 So here's how those BN Hoppers turned out after the surface rust dried. Not bad. I'll see if... Read more...
Picture Hopper Weathering Clinic
Wednesday, 08 February 2012
Hopper Weathering ClinicBy Bill MockDecember 2009 Here is the first stages of weathering of my new BN Open Hoppers and UP PS2... Read more...
Picture Hopper Weathering Clinic III
Thursday, 09 February 2012
Hopper Weathering Clinic IIIBy Bill MockJanuary 2010 OK, I gave the inside of these hoppers a wash of Engine Black below the coal line. They look... Read more...
Picture Passengers in MTL EB dome cars
Friday, 23 March 2012
Passengers in MTL EB dome cars By Mike Scully June 2009   Step 1: paint passengers on sprue.  This is my project to add passengers to the... Read more...
Picture Stony's LCL Cement Canisters
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Detailing Stony's LCL Cement Canisters Here is a photo of the cement canisters in their raw form. I cut the sprue lengthwise, so the sprue will now... Read more...
Picture Trees & Shrubs by Animek Models
Wednesday, 09 May 2012
Tree & Shrub Tutorial By Animek Models First, I've started creating the forms of the trees, here I've done 2 kind of cedars trees, a "menhir... Read more...
Picture Under $15 Turntable
Thursday, 09 February 2012
Under $15 Turntable By Jim O’Connell May 2008   Most important is the 64oz Big Gulp cup. Next is the little plastic 'stay fresh' can top. I... Read more...
Picture Evergreen Scale Models
Tuesday, 07 February 2012
Scratch building is defined in Wikipedia as “The process of building a scale model "from scratch", ie. from raw materials, rather than building it... Read more...
Walthers Magic of Model Railroading Contest 2011
Tuesday, 07 February 2012
Yes!  You could win $250 for 1st Place,  $100 for 2nd Place, or $75 for 3rd Place in the Walthers Magic of Model Railroading... Read more...
Picture 2012 Z Central Station Monthly Calendar
Thursday, 09 February 2012
Free Z Central Station 2012 Monthly Calendar   Welcome to the 2012 Z Central Station's free PDF monthly calendar!  This is a free download.  Just... Read more...
Picture Welcome to MyBlog!
Thursday, 18 January 2007
Picture A Layout 19 years in the making.
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Never had a blog but now seems just as good a time as any to start one. I think that I never really had a good subject to write on but chronicling... Read more...
An Idea comes to life, Maybe!?
Thursday, 31 May 2012
I finally decided on the Zize of my layout. A mere 30 inches wide, L shape, length 77.5 inches on the short and 126.5 on the long. Now I've just... Read more...
Picture And we're off!
Monday, 16 February 2009
Creation actually began in January of 2008 as part of a New Year's resolution to get my trains up and running. I had looked at book and magazines for... Read more...
Picture Chasing tail
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Uncle Sugar gave me a bit a change, so as soon as I could, I got in touch with my favorite dealer.  Picked up another B unit for the CB&Q... Read more...
Documenting a build
Wednesday, 01 August 2012
I've read lots of advice, howto, intro, and helpful things on the internet about modeling railroads. But nowhere is there any information for the... Read more...
Picture Dormitory Camp Cars Build
Friday, 30 September 2011
Micro-Trains Line Dormitory Camp Cars #2 Build   I enjoy building laser kits, but have never attempted to document a build.  This is my... Read more...
Picture First Fast Tracks handlaid track photos
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
This is a test of some photos I took with my iPad2. It's all z-scale stuff - code 40 ME unweathered rail with z- and n-scale PCB ties from... Read more...
Picture First layout photoshops
Friday, 03 August 2012
It's said that people who live with a pet being to look like each other. I wonder if it's true with layouts? After a little advice with where to... Read more...
It Figures
Saturday, 25 August 2012
 Here is the deal. IF somebody wants me to make figures, they have to be SPECIFIC. If you dance around the subject and hint you want hookers,or... Read more...
Picture John's Initial ZCS Blog
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
I have always wanted to start a blog, but 'starting' it is usually the first stumbling block.  This is true with a 2' by 5' canvas behind me for... Read more...
Just starting out
Friday, 18 May 2012
Well here goes nothing. I bought a MTL F-7  trainset, a GP-35 trainset, also a Marklin 81466  Micado steam loco set.I also got 2 packs flex... Read more...

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