Here’s a list of links which might be of interest:
You Tube Videos:
A complete guide to adding flock, static grass, clump foliage, lichen and tall grass to your scenery project: “In this Back to Basics video, I cover all the basic types of foliage you can use to make your wargames scenery more realistic. I work through applying and sealing flock, adding static grass by hand and with a static grass applicator, adding clump foliage, lichen and even tall grass.”
Airbrush Fading – – (about 18 minutes) – – In this video, several different types of airbrush fading that he uses on his airbrushing to achieve the effects on the models.
Airbrushing a Model Plane – – – Shows the basics of airbrushing aircraft
Beached PT boat
Building a River – part of a multi part series that will continue automatically until stopped
Building the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk IXe: This is my fist model build clip, so there are a few issues with it, I plan to put up some more and hopefully they will be a little better. This is a awesome Tamiya kit and I recommend it highly
Canopies: A description of techniques for working with clear parts of scale model aircraft.
Cleaning an Airbrush – – (about 10 minutes) – – How to thoroughly clean a Double action Airbrush after use with Enamel paints, (Acrylic and lacquer, (cellulose), paint procedure cleaning is exactly the same but using the relevant thinners, IPA, Cellulose etc
Chroming with Alclad – – shows how to use Alclad chrome
Create Water with Realistic Waves: MR managing editor David Popp shows you a simple, proven technique for adding realistic waves to poured resin model water. David uses Woodland Scenics Water Effects to create his waves. The river is on the Model Railroader HO scale club layout, the Milwaukee, Racine & Troy, but David’s method would work on N, O, S, or even Z scale layouts as well.
Decaling – – using Micro Set and Micro Sol
Easy Scenery -(about 6 minutes) – Scenery: “Quick and easy realistic model railroad scenery how-to.”
Gluing Acrylic: This video segment will show you the basics of gluing acrylic. The concepts shown here also apply to other plastics with gluing properties similar to acrylic.
“Hairspray Technique”: It’s has been around for a while. I First heard of it on Armorama and Missing Lynx when guys were using it for worn whitewashes. It’s a method for chipping paint using an underlying coat of hairspray, and it produces “True” chips that look fantastic.
How to Build Water: Everybody loves the water on the Sea Port Model Works display. So, in this 10-minute video Dave Frary shows you how he built the water. He will demonstrate how to paint the harbor bottom using only four colors, and then how to seal the surface. Dave will finish by showing how to apply Mod Podge using a mop brush to produce realistic results.
How to make realistic rust and paint chips
How to Dry Brush – – – This video covers the very basics of highlight; drybrushing.
How to Paint 1/35 scale figures – – demonstrates by painting 1/35 Tamiya figures
How to Solder: Basic soldering techniques video. Soldering is easy to learn. Here’s how.
How to Wash. – – In this tutorial we explain the beginning steps on choosing and using washes on your miniatures. We also go in to some good tips and uses for washes. – –
Inks and Washes – – “Ink and washes are an easy way to shade your models. There are more advanced ways to use inks, but we’re starting with the simple method first.”
Installing a DCC decoder: “The process is very straight forward but I thought someone might be wondering how I install 9 pin digitrax decoders into my Athearn SD40 and GP60m
Installing KD #5 Couplers: Short, quick, how-to on installing Kadee #5 couplers onto a Bachmann hopper using Manufacturer’s coupler box.
Just Plug Lighting System: “No electrical knowledge or special tools needed…just plug and you’re done! The Just Plug™ Lighting System is a quick and easy way to add realism and interest to new and existing layouts and other projects. Individual bulb brightness can be controlled, and the modular design allows for easy expansion. Just Plug is compatible with DCC and works for any scale.” – – Woodland Scenics
Making a Ruined City Building From Nothing: “This is a practice session where I make a city ruined building from just pieces of wood and plaster. It turned out good. Enjoy.
Making Realistic Trees: “In this video i show you how to make realistic trees the cheap way using seafoam trees brown spray dye hair spray and static grass .)
Modelpalooza – a look back at the 2011 IMPS event
Paving Model Streets – – Learn to make a variety of paved areas on your layout. Matt walks you step-by-step through the process of making roads, a railroad crossing and more!
Plaster Rocks and Tunnel Liners: Applying the pigment paint to the plaster rocks and tunnel liners
Prelude to Axanar which is a 21 minute Star Trek fan-based trailer starring Battlestar Galactica’s Richard Hatch. It puts JJ Abrams to shame.
Realistic Water and Effects – Watch Matt and Trevor as they show you how to model realistic water features
RMS Titanic:: Scale Model Build and Paint. Scale is 1/570, made by Revell – time lapsed
Russian Model Railroad (about 20 minutes): It contains detailed replicas of many of Russia’s signature buildings and is home to hundreds of thousands of tiny plastic residents from all walks of life. What started as one man’s hobby became not only a model railway of Russia, but an 800 square meter model of the country itself.
Scratchbuilding Interior parts: “some quick and easy junction boxes to fill a big gap in the M8 interior, then wired it with copper adding some nice touches to the model.”
School of Dance: A time lapse video of a third year design at the Tulane University School of architecture. The design was for a “school of dance” located next to the famous Moulin Rouge by Customer and Tulane School of Architecture’s Chris Tellone
Tamiya 1/32 Tamiya Corsair Build – –
– Using Bare Metal Foil – – applying BMF to the hood of a truck
Using Mig Pigments: “Just a quick tutorial on a cool new technique I kinda made up on my T-80 so I thought I’d show you guys it on the ol’ StuG which really needed some dust. Worked out pretty well.”
Using Spray Cans: “One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how are my kits painted. Or some people assume I use an airbrush on my kits. Airbrushing can be either too intimidating for some; be inconvenient because of space or other reasons. Spray cans are for me more convenient to use. You don’t need to use a airbrush to achieve nice results on your kits. So I thought I’d do a quick how I get good results from spray paints.”
Weathering a Box Car: “A how to video about weathering model train cars(I use n-scale, but these techniques can be used on all scales). I cover everything from needed supplies to step by step instructions on how I weather my train cars.”
Weathering Wash (Pin Wash) : Panel Lines, Streaking and Fading
Winter Diorama, with a Tiger tank, Smashed and Frozen water and a tree. “Even though it is freezing and there is snow, none of the detail is lost, but made better. If you watch the films at the end of the production you will see the most fantastic sparkle and shine which is perfectly in scale.”
Wiring a DCC Layout: “An update of the layout wiring with the Digitrax DS64 and how I am wiring my layout.”
Crescent City Model Railroad Club has a huge layout. This site has pictures taken at the club, as well as lots of shots of real trains which run through the New Orleans area.
Hurricane Tracking Models:
NOAA’s site has a graphics section that has a three day and five day map showing the projected path of any active storms. There’s a forecast advisory, and daily discussion of activity, all of which are updated every three to five hours. The satellite imagery section has visible light and IR images.
History & Science:
Model Bridge Design is a web site about building bridges - - like for the Balsa Bridge Contests!
Looking for ideas for Pine Wood Derby cars. This site of pictures of some interesting designs
Check out This to That because people have a need to glue things to other things. You type in the two materials you want to bond and it tells you which is the best adhesive for the job.
If you’ve ever scratched your head and thought, “What if?,” you’ll be absolutely bowled over by How Stuff Works. It has 75 “What If?” You’re driving down the road and for the tenth time today, your eight-year-old son is asking you one of his favorite kinds of questions — the “What If … ?”. “Daddy, what if there was no gravity?” “Daddy, what if we tied 150 balloons to our Jack Russell terrier?” “Daddy, what if I only ate peanut butter from now on?”
Discover Magazine is now online. It’s the electronic version of the scientific magazine of the same name. Plenty of interesting articles and superb images.
NAVsource has images, history, crew contacts, building, service and final fate information on the US Navy. It’s the largest US Navy Warship Photo Collection on the Internet.
Astronomy Picture of the Day is a NASA site. Tons of photographs of space images.
National Geographic has its own web site that is as slick as the magazine of the same name. It has sections covering Travel, Adventure, Maps, and Photography, as well as special feature sections (such as Pearl Harbor). Outstanding photos.
The Web Gallery of Art contains over 10,100 digital reproductions of European paintings and sculptures created between the years 1150 and 1800. A considerable number of the pictures are commented and biographies of the significant artists are given. A versatile search engine allows you to find pictures in the collection using various search criteria. A number of guided tours make it easier to visit the Gallery and to understand the artistic and historical relationship between different artworks and artists included in the collection.
PBS-History isn’t as boring as the name sounds. It has sections on the Ancient World, Biographies, and War & Espionage. It sounds just like a NOVA episode. Wait a minute; it is!
The Valley of the Shadow has primary Civil War documents and interactive battle maps
American Memory has 5 million items in it and features historical collections from the Library of Congress
Black Holes and Neutron Stars talks about black holes and neutron stars at this NASA site
Earth and Moon Viewer lets you create live views of the earth or moon from any vantage point in space
Armor & Ships:
Achtung Panzer is a must see sight for WWII German Armor. Photos and essays. Even material on variants of which only a few were produced.
This site has information on the Bismarck. You’ll have access to all kind of original material concerning the battleship Bismarck. Including the complete war diary of the ship, debriefing reports from survivors, printing press, memories, etc. It also has information on the ship’s company: From the higher officers to the lower ratings. The story ofhow the wreck of the Bismarck was found, what is its current state, and which were the most recent expeditions carried out is also covered
A military history research site can be found at Felgrau. Its focus is on the German armed forces during the most tumultuous period of the 20th century, the time between 1919 and 1945. Online since February of 1996 and with nearly one million visitors, its main focus is on the operational history of the units and organizations that made up the German army, navy, air force and all associated auxiliary formations, both during the Weimar period and the NSDAP era. Although this site is a massive work in progress, their motto is “information kept secret is lost”. There are many sections of this site that are not yet complete, but there is also much to be found as well.
This is an awesome web site on U-boats. Talks about the technical prowess of the machines but more so the men that served in them.
For fans of the Seaboard Coast, this site features the rail photography of Patrick Harris
Micro-Trains lists all their N scale couplers, plus a free database download of their coupler conversion chart.
For Conrail fans, there’s the Conrail Cyclopedia.
Gigantic site for the “Penn Central of the West”, also known as the Southern Pacific. Fantastic volumes of photos and roster info.
Kadee has a conversion chart showing which couplers different engines and freight cars take.
Microscale has pictures of their decals, plus a searchable data base