My Library - Magazine Articles By Alan Mende

Build Two Small NATX Tank Cars Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-06
Page:
74
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
The author describes how he built set of 4,000-gallon tank cars. This first installment describes how he built a two-dome tank car. Includes detail diagrams, construction photos, and prototype photos.

Build Two Small NATX Tank Cars Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-07
Page:
68
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers building a three-dome tank car. Includes prototype and scale photos, and detail drawings.

Detailing a Reading C-424

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
88
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article discusses detailing an Atlas Alco C-424. Includes model close-up photos and detail drawings. Also included is one prototype photo taken in 1963.

First Brass Engine

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-01
Page:
150
Category:
Model Railroads and People

HO Steam Kit Dimensional Data

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-02
Page:
121
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author compares various manufacturer's HO-scale kits of various wheel arrangements to determine which would make good basis for kitbashing or scratchbuilding your own steam locomotive.

Kitbashing Central of New Jersey Composite Gondolas

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-04
Page:
80
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author took four Mehano 50-foot gondolas (train-set quality) and rebuilt them to accurately match the CNJ prototype.

Kitbashing Middletown & Unionville Caboose No. 00

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
104
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author used two Mantua old-time combines to kitbash this model. Scale and cutting diagrams are included. It has model photos, but no prototype photos.

Modeling CNJ F3's

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-10
Page:
58
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
HO
Description:
The Central Railroad of New Jersey bought their first F3 A-B-A sets in 1947. The author describes how he modeled these using Stewart engines. He covers how to strip the model off paint, how to super-detail it, and how to paint and letter it. Includes model and several prototype photos.

Modifying the North West Short Line Riveter

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-06
Page:
75
Category:
Tools
Description:
In this article the author describes how adding a moveable fence gives a valuable tool more uses.

Scratchbuilding a Shay: A Case Study in Obsessive-compulsive Detailing

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-03
Page:
72
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he eventually wound up scratchbuilding a Shay locomotive using various parts from other models. Includes lots of close-up photos of construction details.

Scratchbuilt an HO Scale Coal Dealer

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-06
Page:
49
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
HO
Description:
Modeling the Dunellen, New Jersey area, the author describes how he built an accurate model of the Dunellen Coal & Lumber facility. Includes prototype photos and lots of close-up construction photos, including how to make the silo bands.

Variations on a Theme: Modifications to Boone Morrison's Homemade Turnout Control

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
72
Category:
Track
Description:
The author describes his modifications to Boone Morrison's article in the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette's November/December 1997 issue. Article covers how to make a push-pull system and how he wired up two turnouts for a crossover.