What's New | Suppliers | Information | Articles & Tips | Photo Gallery | Contact Us

New Articles

Grab Irons Made Simple

Building a Small Turntable

Scratchbuilding Rolling Stock with Styrene

Modifications to a Sunset Western Maryland Decapod

Handaid Track

Past Articles

Converting a Sunset SP P-8 Pacific to Proto48

Gene Deimling Constructing an ATSF Bx-27 boxcar

Tom Mix Another Method to Make Rivets

Tom Mix Scratch Building Some Drivers

Robert Lerners's Tank Car Conversion

Dan Ellis's South West Industrial Railroad

Part 2 of
Tom Mix's Locomotives

Tom Mix's Locomotives



Working Coupler Pocket for the San Juan Type-E Coupler

Improving San Juan Type-E Coupler

Bottom Operating Cut Levers

Peeling Paint

Canvas Roofs

Wire Grabs


Proto48 Tip:
Priming Wire Grab Irons



Have you had problems with paint sticking to fine brass wire used for grab irons or handrails?

We have found that if you use a chemical blackening agent as a primer that the paint sticks better and if it chips bare brass won't show through. Make sure that you clean the brass wire when you start the process of bending grab irons or stirrups. This will allow the blackener to work more effectively. You can use the same process for flat wire as well as round. Try it on your next project.