Hip Roofs Revisited

Milepost 1078 A very long time ago, I wrote a piece here about scratchbuilding hip roofs.  Just to review, a hip roof is one with all four sides having the same slope to the top.  If the building isn’t square, then there is a ridge along the top of the roof where...

Scratchbuilt Boxcar

Milepost 1077 My friend Ray has been at it again.  I swear, that guy is the King of Styrene.  Give him a handful of strip styrene & some styrene sheeting and it’s hard to tell what he’ll come up with.  In this case, it’s a boxcar. According to...

A Friend’s NKP O Scale Caboose

Milepost 1076 This looks like a kitbash project to me! As part of our booth display at the NTS coming up in July, I wanted to have a few examples of NKP models on display for show visitors to see.  So I asked my friend David if he would kindly loan me a couple of models...

New KRYLON Flat Spray is Worth a Look

Milepost 1075 I have constantly been on the look-out for a substitute for Dullcote spray from Testor’s.  It is a very good product but comes with a hefty price.  It runs from around $5-$6 for a 3 oz. can.  my experience has been that one can will cover three,...

NKPHTS Modelers’ Notebook is now Available to the General Public

Milepost 1074 At the recent NKPHTS spring board meeting, the board of directors approved a measure that would make the society’s Modelers’ Notebook e-magazine available to the general modeling public.  Prior to this time, the MN was a benefit of Society...

The NKPHTS at the National Train Show in 2016

Milepost 1073   It’s official!  The Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society will be at the 2016 National Train Show being held this year on July 8-10 in Indianapolis.  As the Membership Director of the Society, I strongly feel that we need to reach...

A Couple More Decal Jobs…

Milepost 1072 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike.  “Hey Merk, are you going to be home in the next few minutes?”  When a conversation starts out like that, it usually means he either has something for me or something that he wants to show...

The Ohio River Railroad

Milepost 1071 Yes, indeed, there was such a line.  I hadn’t heard about it but a friend shared a photo he had grabbed off of Ebay of an old Ohio River Railroad short boxcar.  The picture was dated around the turn of the century; a little early for my 1950s...

It’s Train-watching Time Again!

Milepost 1070 Yes!  The days are getting longer and the temperatures are warming up.  It’s time to grab the Nikon and head trackside to see what is going on and to see what I’ve missed for the past few months.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that as...

Real Life Building Recycling

Milepost 1068 In my previous post, I talked about kit manufacturers recycling certain kit parts to make different looking buildings.  This happens all of the time in the real world and today, I wanted to mention a perfect example of that in nearby Forest, Ohio.  There,...