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Bench Time #34 - Ron Poidomani: Fellow Fine Scale Modeler & NMRA Award Winner

Help us keep the show going, get some cool stuff, become a patron! TGIF fine scale modeling friends! On today’s Bench Time Podcast, HO Scale Customs hosts special guest and fellow structure modeler Ron Poidomani. Ron is a super detailer when it comes to building fine scale structures and scenery and has won several noted contests including the NMRA’s best structure at the NMRA convention last year in Orlando and the Railroad Model Craftsman awards with a photo spread of his Waterbury Pen...


Bench Time #33 - Featuring Kathy Millatt

This Friday we have another extra special treat on the Bench Time Podcast. We take you international to the UK with our special guest Master Fine Scale Modeler, Artist, and expert on scenery, Kathy Millatt of Kathy Millatt Modeling and her YouTube Channel filled with some of the very best videos we have seen on techniques in all aspects of modeling, and in particular fine scale modeling and scenery! But not just model railroading! She does military modeling, science fiction, and so many...


Bench Time #32 - Friday workbench talk about laying track, new models, some layout work and more!

Happy Friday to our modeling friends! This week on the Bench Time podcast we go old school! Back to the meat and grits of fine-scale modeling like when the show began! Just Brett and Todd talking about the projects on our benches, structures getting those special or final touches, and some chatter about our take on trackwork and what works and doesn't work for us. So sit back, grip onto that hobby knife tightly, drybrush those boards or just grind your molars if you must! And have a great...


Bench Time #31 - Jimmy Deignan of Railroad Kits & Jason Jensen

TGIF Modeler friends! Check out this week’s Bench Time podcast Episode 31 with Jimmy Deignan owner of Railroad Kits fine scale craftsman kits! We talk with him about the many facets of his business, The acquisition of all the Fine Scale Minatures (FSM) detail castings, his love of the hobby and the many many inspiring modeling friends he has made in model railroading. And you will get to hear about his acquiring of legendary ho scale layout Pennsy Middle Division (originally built by...


Bench Time #30 - Frank Varga of Facebook Group Model Railroad Structures & Scenery

Support us on Patreon! On this special extra episode #30 of the Bench Time Podcast our guest is super size, large structure, urban scenery fine scale artist Frank Varga. His structures are a marvel of extreme detail, and his city scenes on his layout are jam-packed with everything your mind and eyes can think of. On his tall ho-scale buildings that borderline skyscrapers in scale, there is no details spared. We’re not just talking about on the roof or on the ground level, but from top to...


Bench Time #29 - Featuring Dave Frary

This week we are very excited to have world-renowned modeler Dave Frary on the show. We go over everything from his modeling past, his work with George sSellios, some of his photography work with bottle railroading and Model Railroader magazine, and a little bit about his past outside of model railroading which included set building on movies Construction and a whole lot more. This week's episode is a long one and we were just absolutely excited to get Dave on the show, and I'm sure many...


Bench Time #28 - Some catching up with Todd & Brett's Projects & More

This week we get back to what's going on on our personal benches. From both of our busy workbenches, we record this episode and go over the projects we have going on including some scratch builds, new kits and some layout work on a bridge installation. We also go over a couple topics from an user email about downspouts and chainlink fences. We encourage your feedback by sending us an email at This weekend we'll be doing a lot of work on our model railroad...


Bench Time - Special Edition with FOS Scale Models - The Terminal Limited Run Kit

Join us on this mid-week special edition of the Bench Time Podcast where we talk with Doug Foscale of FOS Scale Models about his limited run kit, The Terminal. We go over the inspiration of this limited run kit, a little bit about each of the buildings that FOS Scale Models have put into it. We also get a little bit of a history lesson of the change and evolution of the travel industry. And about the last 20 to 30 minutes, towards the end of this special episode you can also get some...


Bench Time #27 Featuring Fellow Modeler Dave Kruiswyk

This week we have fellow modeler Dave Kruiswyk on the show and we get back to some of our roots of the podcast where we talk primarily about our modeling and what we enjoy most... Things on our workbench! Dave is very active online and if you want to follow along with what he has going on with his work and on the workbench, you can follow his Facebook page, Dave's Workbench. We really enjoyed having Dave on the show and we're really excited that he came up with the name for the new...


Bench Time #26 - Featuring Jeff Grove of Carolina Craftsman Kits

This week we feature special guest Jeff Grove of Carolina Craftsman Kits. We cover a little bit of his past in model railroading and go over some of the ins-and-outs of his model building and kit manufacturing history. We also talk about our build of The Tucker Factory Kit - An original design by Howard Zane


Bench Time #25 - Featuring Bruce Nickerson from Seaport Model Works

We've got Bruce Nickerson from Seaport Model Works on the show this week and we're talking a lot about waterway and waterfront modeling. It's a nice way to add a little more depth and character to your layouts/dioramas and adding water doesn't need to be a complicated and difficult task. The great thing about the models and kits that Sea Port Model Works has is that they sell scale boats and ships that are great for people who want to model boats or maritime vessels. So you don't need to...