I’m taking some much needed R & R, so Brennan’s Model Railroading will be closed for 2 weeks beginning August 11. It will reopen August 28th. Orders, voice mails and emails will be addressed when I return.

Dennis

Product Catalog

Ballast and Natural Ground Cover

Brennan's Better Ballast is made from real crushed granite. It has a prototypical gray color blend and is accurately sized for 1/48 scale. It's the most realistic looking O Gauge ballast I have ever seen. It comes with complete and easy instructions for ballasting and weathering to create a naturalistic look. There is nothing else like it on the market. See for yourself why it's better!!

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Famous Reading Anthracite Coal is accurately sized and it has the sheen, the shape, the color, and the texture of real anthracite coal because it's the real deal. It comes directly from the Reading Anthracite coal mines in Pennsylvania. The sizes range from #1 through 5. In 1/48 scale, #2 matches what would be the largest consumer size, which is named "Broken", while the # 1 matches the next smaller size known as "Egg". Both sizes were used in industry and in home heating. It's a must for retail coal yards, steam engine servicing facilities, coal sheds, powerhouses, etc.

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Here’s a tiny detail that you don't ever see—sand along the tracks where engines apply their sanders in order to gain traction. You'll see this on grades or anyplace where an engine stops regularly like at a station.

And, of course, this light colored, fine grain sand can be used at the sand house in yards, at a sand and gravel facility or simply as another texture and color variation in your ground cover.

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As you can see in this photo, a totally realistic effect is obtained by combining both the fine and the coarse grades with other scenic textures. I like to randomly sprinkle the fine grade, then fill in with the coarse. Generally, if it's a level surface, I'll use more of the fine. If I'm covering a hillside, I'll favor the coarse (the coarse grade also helps to hold additional textures in place while bonding.)

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Rock Creek Sand is a fine textured, medium colored sand. This natural grayish brown blend adds yet another tone and texture to your scenery base. This is also a great ground cover for industrialized areas.

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I used the fine grade to obtain the pebbly surface shown in this photo. Note the subtle color variation and natural texture. Generally, I sprinkle both the fine and the coarse sand over my natural earth to add additional textures and depth to the areas surrounding factories and warehouses. You don't have to be an artist to make convincing scenery. The secret is to avoid uniformity. Superior Sand is a dark colored, grainy sand direct from the shores of Lake Superior. It is an excellent ground cover for industrialized areas.

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Street Schmutz – I couldn’t think of a better term to describe this product. In real life you'll find this gray powdery grit along curbs, in intersections, around pot holes, between pavement and cobblestone etc. Look at my photos and see how I have used it. It’s that little understated detail that makes a scene believable.

A finer Street Schmutz you will not find! Just 6.95 for 2 ounces –this stuff goes a long way; you'll probably never need another bag. 

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Buildings and Structures

An ultra-realistic, accurately scaled, O Gauge craftsman type kit based on actual shop drawings. It's the perfect complement to any wayside industry.

The kit contains enough material for 384 scale feet (8 actual feet) of fencing with 4 sets of working, double drive-through gates. There are complete, detailed step-by-step, illustrated instructions. It even has a jig for simple, accurate, repeatable assembly of the soldered wire frame. This is a great beginner's kit, even for someone who doesn't know how to solder.

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Double your fencing. All the materials needed to add another 384 scale feet of fencing with 4 sets of gates - minus the jig, instructions and templates.

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The beauty of this kit is the pre-stressed wood. The lumber has a rough grain and various pieces may be split, cracked or warped. When stained or painted the boards take on an extremely realistic, aged appearance. In no time at all, you can easily build a fence that has seen better days, or one that is just weathered and well worn. The kit will build 192 scale feet of fence 6' high. Complete how-to illustrated instructions on building, staining, weathering and painting. This is another great beginner's, accurately scaled, O Gauge craftsman-type kit.

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Brennan's Wooden Freight Dock Kit is the third in my Ultra-realistic kit series. Modeled on a Chicago and Alton prototype, this quality O-scale craftsman kit features Northeastern scale lumber and comes with complete, detailed, step-by-step illustrated instructions and templates that make it another excellent project for the learner. It has a footprint of 3" x 14" as a stand alone structure, but it can easily be modified into a loading dock for any building.

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Universal Supply, Inc. is a limited edition plaster craftsman kit. This three story factory kit is the fourth in my Ultra-realistic kit series. In addition to Grandt Line windows, doors and stairs, the kit features Tichy lamp reflectors and nut, bolt, washer castings, Evergreen Styrene detail parts, Berkshire Valley roof vents and full signage. The complete, illustrated, step-by-step instructions are an excellent introduction to plaster kit building and a primer in kit building techniques for the beginner.

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This is a Limited Edition Plaster Roundhouse Kit.  I have produced 60 kits and there are less than 20 left. Because each kit may be ordered with different options, please allow up to 5 weeks for delivery. This allows time for ordering the laser cut windows and the custom packaging for your kit. If you have any questions, please call or email.

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This is an add-on stall for the plaster roundhouse kit. Please select the same interior finish option as for the main roundhouse kit.  Add-on stalls must be ordered in pairs.

Read more about the roundhouse kit here.

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Supplies

Highly recommended for Brennan's Industrial Chain Link Fence. This is a 1.5-ounce tube of solder and flux in paste form. Just apply the solder exactly where needed, then heat. Comes with 3' of Kester 4.4 Resin Core .031 dia. wire solder.

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Add character and dimension to any building, structure or detail part. This is a set of four 1-ounce bottles of specially selected drawing inks. Use them for:

  • Bring out details in plastic or metal
  • Adding mortar lines to brick buildings
  • Aging wood
  • Staining plaster

Learn how the pros do it. Complete instructions are included.

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Add grungy streaks, rust, or dirt, to buildings, structures, vehicles, rolling stock, roadways, fences, retaining walls, etc. This is a two-box set of Earth Tones and Grays - 24 chalks in all. The instructions contain simple, effective weathering techniques that will help you transform even the simplest, shake-the-box kit into an eye-catching model. Every pro has a set of these colors.

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Keep pastels from rubbing off during handling and additional weathering. This is a clear, flat, latex based coating that seals and protects your finish. It does not react with alcohol (unlike Testors' DullCoat).

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If you use a hobby knife, then you always need No.11 blades. For safe, accurate, clean cuts, professional modelers change their blades often. Don't run out in the middle of a project. Comes in a handy safety dispenser.

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#1 X-ACTO Knife.  Includes handle and one blade.

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Books and Videos

You'll get more than just a how-to guide — you'll get practical insight too! When ordering through me, you'll receive a personalized autographed copy.

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