Post has shared content
The July 2017 issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is now available! Download your FREE copy here: http://www.youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/download/YTMBeMagR16.pdf

We begin this issue with a tribute to Stewart Jim Ross “jiminmichigan” who passed away in May of this year from pancreatic cancer. As a tribute to Jim’s friendship and his commitment to the hobby and this community, we dedicate this issue to him. Many thanks to Phillip Wyman for putting together a personal tribute to “jiminmichigan” (see page 6).

There are many challenges we modelers face when building our railroad empires. Some of those challenges are well understood by the model railroading community at large and there are many well-known and commonly available solutions. However, there is a new buzz within this community about using micro control systems such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi and custom-built solutions using these controllers to take our layouts to the next level with the use of animation and automation of lighting, signals, track control, and sound. The challenge of leveraging new technologies and techniques can seem quite daunting and frustrating for many. The key to overcoming these challenges, and for some the fear of the unknown, is to gain and build incremental knowledge on the subject.

To help modelers with this challenge, we have focused this issue of the eMag on the topic of micro control systems for model railroading. We have enlisted the help of the community’s technocrats and knowledge mongers to help explain, for example, what is a microcontroller or a Single Board Computer (SBC), what is an Arduino versus a Raspberry Pi, and provide examples of some custom-built solutions being utilized within the model railroading community.

The issue is laid out into two main parts. Part one begins with an overview article by Andy Crawford entitled “A Choice is a Good Thing,” covering several micro controllers and SBC boards that are currently most popular. Chris Rood, an engineer by trade, follows with his two-article set introducing the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi boards respectively.

Part two showcases two examples of custom-built solutions using the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi boards. Greg and Donna Heinz describe how they are building an automated turntable using an Arduino microcontroller in their article “As the Table Turns…” and Martyn Jenkins discusses how he built a self-packaged plug-and-play throttle solution using the Raspberry Pi 3, JMRI, and SPROG DCC in his article “A SPROG Solution.”

The Track Planner in his column discusses several types of prototypical rail yards and how you can implement these on your layout. Harry Haythorn describes the use of truck and freight service by the Union Pacific and Geno Sharp discusses in this installment of “Geno’s Corner” his plans to change his layout ‘One Mo’ Time’ in order to be more capable of operations. Jack Hykaway outlines how an internal combustion diesel engine (the backbone of North American railroad freights) works and Andy Crawford discusses various factors that impact our decision to either build it or buy it in his “Food for Thought…” column entitled “DIY vs. DIBuy.”

Everyone within our community knows and loves Barry Rosier and we celebrate his marriage to Dorine Menchhofer in the Community Collage with photographs from their wedding. Please be sure to check it out. Also be sure to check out the YouTube channels listed in the Pick 3 section.

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also, keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

Happy Model Railroading!

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag
Photo

Post has shared content
The May 2017 “A Family Affair” issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is now available! Download your FREE copy here: http://www.youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/download/YTMBeMagR15.pdf

It won’t be too long before schools will free the children to take a well-deserved break for the summer. By then we will have planned our summer vacations and model railroading just might take a hiatus as well. Yes, I know the outdoors beckon. However, this is the perfect time to spend with family and friends, introducing them to our great hobby of model railroading. When friends and family are over for a cookout or a pool party, do take a tour of followers and the curious to the train room or the basement. This is the best time to garner more support for our hobby.

Behind every successful model railroader, is a support network of family, friends, and resources. YouTube Model Builders is one of those resources with the monthly Live!Show!, the many weekly topic-driven presentations and community-based hangouts (I have seen many friendships forged on these hangouts), as well as this eMag. When it comes to having support from family and friends, our model railroading start has always included a family member, be it a grandparent, parents, or aunts and uncles, who have introduced us to the hobby.

In this issue, we celebrate that support by soliciting the viewpoints of modelers’ family members.

Michael Moonan takes us through a pictorial essay describing memories of his grandfather Frank Ellison and his fascination with model trains. Jen Hanson confesses her affinity for model trains and her desire to support her family’s participation in the hobby in her piece entitled “The Wife of a Model Train Enthusiast.” Sam Hanson, (Jen’s husband) writes about his perspective of the hobby and how it has enabled him to build a closer bond with his family.

Josh Cohen’s grandmother Kathy Edwards describes Josh’s love of trains and model railroading that was nurtured by her and his other grandmother (Grandma Choo Choo). A.J. Kleipass and his mother Yvonne discuss how AJ’s passion for model trains grew into what AJ calls a “train addiction” in their article “Confessions of a Train Addict’s Mother.” Lynn Terry, who enjoys photographing trains, shares her poem “A Haunted Experience” which describes a ghostly scene of lonely train tracks she captured on a misty day.

The Track Planner breaks down the definition of selective compression and how to properly apply it to our model railroad layouts. Jack Hykaway writes about how the London and Northeastern Railway (LNER) was saved with the development of their new streamlined A4 Pacific steam engines and the breaking of the speed record by their A4 Pacific Mallard.

Harry Haythorn introduces us to the history and current uses of diamond railroad crossings in his column “UP-Hub.” Andy Crawford describes his frustrations and struggles with finding a balance point between work, family, and model railroading time in his column “Food for Thought…”

We hope you enjoy this special “A Family Affair” issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag.

Happy Model Railroading!

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag
Photo

Post has shared content
Here's my current project. Painting a spare bluebox P42 shell as Amtrak 145, the phase III heritage unit. I also caught the real thing on the Coast Starlight today. Here's a screenshot from the video.
Photo
Photo
1/28/17
2 Photos - View album

Post has shared content
The January, 2017 “Rust, Dirt, & Grime” issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is now available! Download your copy here: http://www.youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/download/YTMBeMagR13.pdf

Welcome to 2017 everyone! We now begin our third year of the YouTube Model Builders eMag and we have many exciting new themes in the works. Some of the themes include Model Railroad Photography, Electronics and Control Systems for Model Railroading, and Prototypical Operations (please see page 45). We encourage you, our readers, to contribute articles and photographs of any model railroading related topic to the eMag, and to suggest topics we should cover.

In this issue we follow in the footsteps of the previous Craftsman issue (November, 2016), with a focus on rust, dirt, and grime. Modeling these as prototypically accurate as possible, representing the various colors and textures, goes a long way in our desire to become more proficient modelers. I encourage you to go out and explore, observe, and feel rust, dirt, and grime. When you physically go and sense these, you automatically get a better understanding of how you are going to model these naturally-occurring elements.

To help us better understand the chemistry of rust and oxidization Eddie Bauer of Weathering Solutions writes about the behavior of rust and how the science behind it helped them develop their decals. Edward Traxler does a deeper dive into the various forms of rust and the chemistry behind it. He also details techniques for modeling rust and textures with a great example of using the “Hairspray Technique.”

In his column, the Track Planner writes how interaction with a client led to the evolution of his track plan design and about the lessons he learned from the process. Harry Haythorn gives us insight into the history of snow plows deployed by the Union Pacific, and Jack Hykaway presents us with information, along with some wonderful pictures of General Electric’s recent ET44AC and ET44C4 locomotives in his article “A Lean, Green Machine.” Geno Sharp shows us how to model grime on a dime using simple and cost-effective techniques. In his “Food for Thought” column, Andy Crawford discusses the wide gulf between the real world and how we envision rust, dirt, and grime on our models. All-in-all a very interesting read!

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

Happy Model Railroading and a Happy New Year!

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag
Photo

Post has shared content
Happy New Year and a big * THANK YOU * to all those who contributed to the YouTube Model Builders eMag in 2016!

We hope to see each and every one of you contribute articles, stories, tips, or pictures to the eMag in 2017. To contribute, send an email to YTMBeMag@gmail.com or click here: http://youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/submitarticle.php

To get the latest issue of the eMag for free, please subscribe now by click here: http://youtubemodelbuilders.com/mailistsignup.php or visit http://www.YouTubeModelBuilders.com/emag

Here is to a healthy, prosperous, and model railroading fun-filled 2017!

-The YouTube Model Builders eMag Team
Photo

Post has attachment

Post has shared content
The November 2016 “Craftsmanship” issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is now available!

Download your copy here: http://www.youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/download/YTMBeMagR12.pdf

As many of you in the YouTube Model Builders community may be aware that our good friend and fellow modeler Terry Tsutsumi recently passed away. As a tribute to Terry’s friendship and his commitment to the hobby and this community, we dedicate this issue to him. Many thanks to Harry Haythorn for putting together a wonderful tribute to Terry (see page 6).

A topic that always comes up during conversations within the community hangouts is the contemplation of the word craftsmanship. The word craftsmanship also came up in a conversation that Mark Mead and I recently had over the phone when discussing his ideas for an article for the eMag. In fact, his breakdown, definition, and approach to craftsmanship set in motion the theme for this issue.

What does craftsmanship mean when it comes to model railroading and in a broader sense within the community? In this special Craftsmanship issue, we explore exactly that; we explore the definition and usage of the word craftsmanship.

There is a preponderance of meanings that members of the model railroading community attach to this word. However, I feel that it really comes down to a few simple traits: texture, color tonality, and fidelity. Understanding the varying textures that we observe in the real world allows us to bring a sense of feeling and touch to the scenes that we are modeling on our layout. Is something smooth, grooved, rippled, gritty, or simply rough? Being able to model textures allows us to convey a unique dimension of reality. Color tonality, and not just color, to me are the variations and the many shades a color may take. It is not just about the reds, the blues, the greens, or yellows, and so on. It is, to me, more about the subtle changes of colors, how they blend in, and how they cooperatively work with texture to make a scene look real. Fidelity is a term that Andy Crawford has been defining within the YouTube Model Builders community. My interpretation of fidelity is the level of accuracy reflected in modeling work. How true is the scene being created to real life in terms of not only texture and color tonality, but also in terms of the amount of detail captured, the accuracy of the scale being represented, and yes, even the level of skill being dispensed?

Mark Mead, Ron Pare, and Andy Crawford each provide their interpretation and definition of craftsmanship. Edward Traxler takes us through a photo essay journey of his layout that is full of textures, color tonality, and fidelity. The Track Planner discusses common errors and omissions made by newbies to the hobby and Jack Hykaway showcases the Doodlebug engines. Harry Haythorn takes us to the North Platte Canteen in his UP-HUB column and also writes about installing lights and markers on the rear side of the train. Geno reminds us that we can liven up our layouts with decorations representing various seasons throughout the year with some very simple techniques.

We hope you enjoy reading this special Craftsmanship issue of the eMag.

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

Happy Holidays and Happy Model Railroading! See you next year.

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag
Photo

Post has shared content
The July 2016 (Artist Edition) issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is now available!
 
Download your copy here: http://www.youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/download/YTMBeMagR10.pdf
 
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  To me, so is art.  Art is a very subjective thing.  Art in model railroading is a concept that many model railroaders rarely discuss or think about, yet it exists in many forms.  Scenery, weathering, drawing up of track plans (architectural art), and of course, the traditional sketching and painting are all forms of art.  Come to think of it, and in my opinion, so are graffiti and 3D-printing.  Art is built upon basic shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles.  We as humans tend to package everything into neat little rectangles and triangle.  Just take a look around you!  When any curves are involved, we call it artistic.

In this special Artist Edition issue of the eMag, we showcase some artwork from the community.  We share with you the artists’ experience and sampling of their wonderful work.  There are paintings, graffiti work, use of decals to add weathering and graffiti to your models, and 3D-printing!

Harry Haythorn, in his UP-HUB column, writes about one of the most prolific painters in railroading: Howard Fogg.  Jack Hykaway, in his column, educates us on the Maglev trains, and Geno Sharp gives us tips on using washes and powders for weathering engines, rolling stock, and structures.

Now a quick word on graffiti:  Although I view graffiti as a form of art, painting on others’ property and on trains is illegal.  I and everyone here at YouTube Model Builders, do not condone or support it in any way, except on our model layouts and on our model trains.

We hope you enjoy the artwork presented herein and find, explore, and expand upon your artistic side.

Happy Model Railroading!

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag
Photo

Post has shared content
The May 2016 issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is now available!

Download your copy here: http://www.youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/download/YTMBeMagR9.pdf

Happy spring! As the weather turns warmer, many of us naturally focus some of our precious model railroading time on outdoor activities, and to working on our yards, and of course, gardening. We run to the nearest nursery and buy new colorful plants, perhaps plant a tree, and make our winter-stricken landscaping come back to life. This is a perfect time for us as model railroaders to also think about garden railroading. We may not be ready to build one just yet, but we as modelers are always interested in learning new things.

Given the above, the theme for this issue of YouTube Model Builders eMag is, you guessed it, garden railroading.

Garden railroading is not an easy hobby to get into and nor is it a cheap endeavor by any means. We hope that with this issue we have given you some thoughts to ponder on the subject and a nudge in the right direction!

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders. It’s completely ad-free and free for you! Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

Happy garden railroading!

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag
Photo

Post has shared content
The March 2016 Issue is now available!

Download Here:
http://www.youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/download/YTMBeMagR8.pdf

As of late, there has been much chatter and many questions regarding railroad signals.  This was also the case with the January 2016 edition of the YouTube Model Builders Live!Show, during which many viewers asked about signals, their placement on the layout, signal control, and how they can be used on a model railroad.

For this reason, we have chosen to concentrate on this very topic in this issue.  On the cover you will notice the words “Simulated Reality” just under the title “SIGNALS.”  When the discussion turns to use of signaling on a layout, many are simply looking to create, what I call, a simulated reality.  What this means is that modelers are looking to create as much prototypical realism as they can possibly create given their knowledge, their skills, their budget, and their ability to find additional information.  We can’t help with the budget part, but we can help in increasing your knowledge, your ability to find additional information, and ergo your skills.

Remember, YouTube Model Builders eMag is a free publication released by model railroaders for model railroaders.  It’s completely ad-free and free for you!  Also keep in mind that it is a community publication and that means we want you to send us your articles and pictures so we can help you share your expertise with others in this hobby.

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag
Photo
Wait while more posts are being loaded