New Monthly Content January 2017: Detailing Bachmann E-Z Track

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New Monthly Content January 2017: Detailing Bachmann E-Z Track

January 2017 coverFor many beginning modelers, pre-ballasted or “snap” track, such as Bachmann E- Z Track or Kato Unitrack, is the quick and easy choice for ready-to-run track. However, many more experienced modelers find it to have a very “toy-like” look. What if you are a modeler that started out with Bachmann E-Z Track, have lots of it, but are ready to move on to an intermediate level of modeling? For those that wish to continue using their existing snap track, rather than casting it aside and incurring the expense of new track, there is a way to make it look less toy-like: detailing the E-Z track.

Just as modelers use different techniques to paint, detail, and weather their model engines and train cars, we can use many of those same techniques on snap track! Detailing your snap track adds another layer of realism to your layout, bringing it to life and making it a visually stunning model railroad. Since track is a necessary component of any layout, this makes it the ideal starting place for those who are looking to begin the painting aspects of the hobby for the first time. Likewise, it can also represent the finishing touch when combined with the repainted and weathered engines and cars, the detailed landscapes, and the hand-crafted bodies of water (or snow and ice), of an advanced layout. Regardless of the current state of your layout, these are the nuances that provide a model train layout with a unique look, a true miniature world of your making.

And not only will this look good, it’s a technique you can practice on a single piece of track, just as is described in this report. You can try it until you get the result that pleases your eye. If you don’t have a section of spare snap track, you can almost always find inexpensive bundles on eBay.

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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