My Library - Magazine Articles By Bob Walker

"Scratchbuilding" Products

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-01
Page:
92
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author describes the various parts that go into scratchbuilding a model, such as wood and styrene strips and sheets, as well as detailing parts that don't need to be scratchbuilt. Includes many photos of the author's layout showing scratchbuilt models.

A High End Build

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-09
Page:
54
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Scale:
O
Description:
Bob describes how he built a super-detailed, high-quality stock car to Proto 48 O-scale standards.

A Little Philosophy

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-02
Page:
54
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
The author discusses how the hobby has progressed in terms of product quality over the decades and how scratchbuilding is viewed from different perspectives.

A Longer Project

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-12
Page:
82
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
After last month's one-evening project, this month the author expands on the same techniques to build a two-story structure that represents a building that used to maintain horse-and-carriages, but has since switched to the new "automobile" repair service industry. The building is part wood and part brick.

A Styrene Shed

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-10
Page:
86
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
Taking us through the process of building a simple, non-descript shed, the author describes how to work with styrene to make a structure look like it is made out of wood.

A Styrene Tender

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-04
Page:
68
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
HO
Description:
Bob describes how he built a tender for a steam locomotive that he couldn't buy ready-to-run. Includes many detailed construction photos.

A Tale of Three Sandhouses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-01
Page:
88
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using his own O-scale building as a guide, the author described how he scratchbuilt an HO-scale model for a friend, using new and improved techniques and materials. This, in turns, leads him to rebuild his own O-scale model.

A Wood Passenger Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-03
Page:
69
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Since the author is building a 10'x20' Sn3 logging layout, he needed some wooden passenger cars, so this article describes how he built one. Includes construction photos.

Added Strength

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-07
Page:
82
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Various tips and techniques for making structures stronger to live longer.

Adhesives and Chemistry

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-12
Page:
78
Category:
Tools
Description:
Bob covers several glues, but the majority of the article is about how he makes his own stains.

Aging and Weathering

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-04
Page:
58
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
This article covers the effective use of colors on our models, and specific tips on weathering freight cars and structures.

An Old Trackside Barn

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-05
Page:
82
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Building a trackside barn to house food for cattle transportation. The building is made from coffee stir sticks.

Another Big One

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-02
Page:
76
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Scale:
On3
Description:
The author describes the reality of building a very long trestle bridge for his layout.

Attachment and Adhesives

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-06
Page:
62
Category:
Tools
Description:
This article quickly covers some of the standard glues modelers use, and some others not often needed, and several tips on holding things together while the glue dries.

Back to Simple

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-11
Page:
72
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Evaluating the complexity of a project, purposely choosing a simple project, or making a project simple can yield a lot of dividends for the layout without it taking a long time to complete.

Background Building

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-06
Page:
82
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
On3
Description:
Building a background structure from foamboard and printed textured brick paper.

Background Buildings, Flats and Philosophy

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
98
Category:
Structures
Description:
The author presents many ideas about how to make thin background buildings look more three-dimensional. He also discusses forced perspective.

Beyond Just Glue

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-06
Page:
66
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Some joints require reinforcements beyond what glue can provide. Includes many tips and tricks and several photos of same.

Board by Board

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-06
Page:
80
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author shares his thoughts on when board-by-board scratchbuilding should be used, how to simulate peeling paint, and provides tips on how to put the building together.

Bob Walker's Dream Layout

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
52
Category:
Layouts - O
Scale:
On3
Description:
The author writes the scratchbuilding column, but this article describes his large On3 layout. It models the Rio Grande Southern in 1942. About half of the layout is scenicked and looks beautiful.

Bricks and Masonry

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-10
Page:
88
Category:
Structures
Description:
Practical modeling ideas for brick buildings.

Cardstock and Strathmore

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-10
Page:
68
Category:
Structures
Description:
Making buildings out of these two materials.

Castings and Kits

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-10
Page:
62
Category:
Casting
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author describes how he builds his own molds to cast a number of items. Includes are photos of his logging camp building and logging flat cars of which he needed a number for his Sn3 layout.

Challenges

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-04
Page:
50
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
How do you tackle a huge, complex, or intimidating scratchbuilding project? One bite at a time! The author describes various large projects he started, facing his initial fears.

Color and Light

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-12
Page:
62
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
Dealing with layout lighting and how it impacts the paint and weathering of structures.

Color and Texture Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-06
Page:
70
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
The author covers painting buildings different colors so that they don't all look alike. Also, make sure that the colors look right under your layout lights, as well as the contest room lights, if that is your goal with the project.

Color Revisited

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-07
Page:
78
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
The color items on the layout are painted are highly dependent on how the layout is lit.

Colors and Textures Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-05
Page:
68
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
Bob gives us his tips and tricks for layout lighting to match colors, using chalks and stains, weathering almost all shiny items, and distressing buildings within reason.

Creating Building Signs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-10
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob discusses the various modeling scales he has used and why, explains the HO-scale layout he has added, and coming up with and producing creative building signs.

Creative Stonework Methods

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-06
Page:
84
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Making masters, and casting walls for masonry buildings.

Cumbres Depot

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-08
Page:
82
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this D&RGW depot, including how to make a mold and cast roof braces.

Details

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-07
Page:
90
Category:
Scenery
Description:
Bob's thoughts on the how and why of adding details.

Details Make a Difference

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-09
Page:
66
Category:
Scenery
Description:
The author shares some ideas on how to add more details to your layout.

Details, Again

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-01
Page:
76
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob's history as a detail manufacturer, balancing between buying and making your own details, and how details bring a scene to life.

Digital Cameras and Road Trips

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-09
Page:
73
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
Bob uses his camera to photograph the models he is building, taking "snap shots" of his own layout (as a memory for when it is later gone), and, of course, photographing the prototype for modeling purpose. Although not necessarily a second hobby, Bob recommends keeping a camera around at all times.

Distress

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-03
Page:
64
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Using various tools to distress wood to give structures that aged and weather-beaten look.

Doors

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-01
Page:
74
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author describes how to model various doors, some of which may have to be built from scratch.

Doors, Windows, and Details

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-08
Page:
72
Category:
Structures
Description:
Scratchbuilding supplies for scale doors and windows. Includes several nice finished models.

Expand Your Horizons

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-11
Page:
54
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
Tips and ideas on how to get out of a modeling rut.

Finishing the Frenda

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-10
Page:
84
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment finalizes the structure, by building two buildings that sit on top of the structure built in the previous month's issue.

Foundations and Bases

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-12
Page:
59
Category:
Structures
Description:
Making foundations and bases for structures, such as gluing structures to a mini base, which is later integrated into the layout, or leaving the bottom open for speakers, interior lighting. The author describes several methods he has used for building foundations.

Foundations, Bases, and Footprints

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-08
Page:
56
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author describes various materials that can be used to make building foundations. Footprints are important, especially when the structure is to set close to the track.

Frenda Mine Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-09
Page:
82
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
The author needed a small mine for his Sn3 D&RGW layout. The article shows how to measure and fit a new structure into existing scenery, and how to start with scratchbuilding the structure.

From The Beginning

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-12
Page:
66
Category:
Structures
Description:
The article covers the author's opinion of why we should consider scratchbuilding.

From the Scrap Box

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-09
Page:
70
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author talks about organizing leftover scraps, knowing when to throw a scrap piece away, using scrap to "super-detail" a scene, and using a blender to make scrap look unrecognizable for use in scenes.

Gathering Ideas

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-03
Page:
70
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
Bob shares his thoughts about how to prepare for and then actually gather data from prototype structures that you want to model, such as photographs and using a "walking stick" to place next to structures when photographing them.

General Store

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2017-01
Page:
82
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this small store. The interesting challenge was the two large windows right next to the front door, because that leaves a very weak wall.

Home Improvements

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-07
Page:
80
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author discusses how models you built a while back may not look right anymore. Either your skills have improved or they are not the right size. He suggests not throwing the models away, but rather built them into a new structure, or moving them to the back of the layout.

How I Scratchbuilt My First Steam Locomotive Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-10
Page:
69
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
On3
Description:
The author shares how he got to write this article series, what the main steps are for building a steam locomotive from scratch, and the basic skills required.

How I Scratchbuilt My First Steam Locomotive Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-11
Page:
66
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
On3
Description:
Bob continues his story of how he built his first locomotive. This installment covers the basic frame. It includes a materials and tools list, frame diagrams, and a drill size chart.

How I Scratchbuilt My First Steam Locomotive Part 3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
96
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
On3
Description:
In this installment of the construction of the Virginia Midland 4-6-0 covers the running gear, boiler, and cab. Includes diagrams and close-up photos.

Inspiration

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-12
Page:
78
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Friends and fellow modelers serve to inspire.

Interiors - Philosophy and Practice

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-11
Page:
70
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author shares his views on when and when not to detail the interior of buildings, and how he creates some of the interior details he has used.

Jigs and Fixtures

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-10
Page:
94
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author describes his experience building jigs for trestle bents for his On30 layout.

Labor of Love

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-12
Page:
78
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
Large Scale
Description:
The author describes what he went through to try to build a static one-inch scale model of a Rio Grande Southern 4-6-0.

Ladders and Stairs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-11
Page:
94
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author describes the construction materials and jigs he uses to make ladders and stairs.

Large Projects

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-02
Page:
88
Category:
Structures
Description:
Dealing with building those very large structures on your railroad, such as roundhouses, large passenger stations, or long trestle bridges.

Large Projects Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-03
Page:
70
Category:
Structures
Description:
This installment covers how the authored dealt with building a large 32" by 48" stamp mill complex for his layout.

Large Scale Shed

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-02
Page:
90
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Scale:
Large Scale
Description:
Building a structure in a different scale is a good experience, especially one that is destined to go outdoors.

Lighting and Interiors

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-07
Page:
72
Category:
Structures
Description:
Building interior details of structures or cabooses is a waste of time if the viewer can't see them, or if it requires you removing the roof so that the viewer can admire the details. He describes his viewpoint of either building contest models (where roofs can be removed) or building model for the layout, where interior details only matter if they can be seen (e.g. via interior lighting).

Made for Television

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
76
Category:
Tools
Description:
Bob describes how he built and uses a lap tray for doing some light modeling work while watching television.

Making Joints

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-04
Page:
70
Category:
Structures
Description:
This column is a follow-up to the June 2005 column about how to make successful joints in structures, in which the author describes additional thoughts about how to construct walls, trestle bents, and some of the tools he uses.

Making Stone Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-02
Page:
74
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
How to make a wall master and then casting a number of them for structures.

Mass Production

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-09
Page:
76
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author shares his experience when it is time to build a lot of identical items or parts.

Material Choices

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-05
Page:
64
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author talks about the different dominant materials we can use in our scratchbuilding projects, which materials to use to simulate certain prototype materials, and a bit about how to cut window openings.

Metal Working III

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-08
Page:
56
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The metal working series continues with this installment that covers drilling and tapping.

Metal Working IV

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-09
Page:
58
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
This installment covers using a lathe to mill metal.

Metal Working Pt II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
52
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob continues his article on how to do metal working, covering filing and soldering.

Metal Working Pt. I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-06
Page:
62
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The basic about how to work with metal and some of the tools required.

Metal Working V

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-10
Page:
76
Category:
Tools
Description:
This installment (the last one) covers a basic milling machine and how to work with it.

Mini-projects

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-06
Page:
68
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
The author describes moments he grabs here and there to get a little bit of progress done on some of his larger projects. Over time this adds up and suddenly you have a finished model, or a complete scene.

Mock-ups

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-06
Page:
72
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author uses mock-up buildings made out of foam board to represent buildings that are yet to be scratchbuilt.

Modeling Building Roofs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-01
Page:
82
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob describes various roofing types and how he models them.

Modifying Doors and Windows

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-09
Page:
70
Category:
Structures
Description:
The author describes various means for modifying commercially-available door and window parts.

Mold Making and Casting Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-11
Page:
70
Category:
Casting
Description:
How to use the mold-making and casting technique to take the chore out of doing repetitive work.

Mold Making and Casting Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-12
Page:
70
Category:
Casting
Description:
The author discusses RTV rubbers from which to make molds, and how make castings from those molds. Photos of several examples are included.

More About Plaster

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-01
Page:
64
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author is learning how to cast structures in plaster, and this month's experience includes building a masonry building. The finished model is beautiful.

More About Roofs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-02
Page:
86
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author discusses what kind of interior bracing he uses on which conditions for roofs, and how he models standing seam metal roofing.

More on Fixtures

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-02
Page:
62
Category:
Tools
Description:
Several different jigs are described, e.g. flat car stake pockets drilling jig.

More on Roofs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
74
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob describes various roofing techniques and how he builds the foundation of his model roofs. It follows up on his February, 2005 column on roofs.

More On Small Stuff

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-04
Page:
86
Category:
Tools
Description:
Bob covers how patience and self-discipline will eventually lead to the results you ultimately want. Organizing your tools helps you spend more time working on the models instead of finding tools. Keeping the workbench clean and organized helps prevent accidents. Also covered are some specific tools for simulating wood grain, and staining wood.

More On Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-01
Page:
80
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
How you build your structure's walls depends on whether or not their interior will be visible. Includes a discussion on how to strategically light the interior of the building.

More on Wood

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-06
Page:
59
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author shares his views on storing strip wood, using glues, and provides construction tips (staining and cutting).

More Tricks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-03
Page:
74
Category:
Tools
Description:
Bob shares his thoughts for a good work bench setup, including some interesting and useful tools.

More Weathering Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-09
Page:
55
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
The author continues to shares his tricks for aging and weathering wood for structures.

More Workbench Ideas

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
70
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author describes the tool carousel he built to keep his modeling tools nearby without taking up a lot of desk space.

Not Quite Buildings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-08
Page:
88
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
Scratchbuilding retaining walls, culverts, and abutments.

Notes for a New Scratchbuilder

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-07/10
Page:
78
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author describes how one can build a storage shed from scratch in under 5 hours of modeling time.

Of An Evening

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-10
Page:
84
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Using your time, even small increments, to get some small modeling projects done around the layout. Try to set some time aside each week. Includes a number of photos of small things the author added to his layout that didn't take but an evening's worth of time.

One Day (Really?)

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-01
Page:
60
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author covers the idea of building a small structure from scratch in one day. The building in question is an S-scale small storage shed.

One for Gasoline Alley

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2017-02
Page:
80
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a scale 20'x28' old-style, single-pump gas station. He provides some sage advice for building structures in this article, to make sure it lasts. Lots of construction photos included.

Organization and Storage

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-10
Page:
68
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author discusses how he organizes tools, parts, and scratchbuilding supplies.

Out of the Fringes

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-11
Page:
79
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob discusses what could be considered the fringes of our model railroading hobby.

Paper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
88
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Using paper for scratchbuilding. There is commercial paper, and the author also discusses how to take photos of prototype structure walls, print them, and apply them to your scratchbuilt structure.

Philosophy, Small Bridges, and Culverts

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-05
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob covers his recent interview with "The Model Railway Show" podcast, and covers how to get started in scratchbuilding, and then continues with how to scratchbuild small bridges and culverts.

Photo-modeling

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-02
Page:
72
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Using photos of prototype buildings or structures on the layout, the author describes how he photographs and prints walls to be glued to structures. This is great for back-of-the-layout type of structures.

Prove It, Bob!

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-11
Page:
82
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
S
Description:
Bob's wife challenges him to build a structure in an evening, based on his column from the previous month (he built a supply shed-type of building in 236 minutes).

Railroad Road Overpasses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-05
Page:
72
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a steel girder bridge that covers automobile roadways.

Railroading Salt Creek Style

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-11
Page:
54
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
This club layout resided in Elmhurst, IL. It features four levels and mostly scratchbuilt structures and vast scenery. The club's history is covered.

Random Thoughts

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-08
Page:
64
Category:
Scenery - Backgrounds
Description:
Topics discussed are backdrop, background/flat buildings, using forced-perspective, his visit with John Allen, background trees made from unusual material, and incorporating humor with figures and mini scenes.

Rear Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-02
Page:
74
Category:
Structures
Description:
Showing the rear wall of structures presents a different opportunity for modeling.

Resin Casting

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-07
Page:
81
Category:
Casting
Description:
This article covers how to make lots of detail castings.

Retaining Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-03
Page:
64
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Bob describes various retaining walls, how to model them, and the article is accompanied by three model photos.

Rural Freight House

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-07
Page:
80
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Scale:
S
Description:
The scratchbuilt structure is based on the building found on the D&RGW's narrow-gauge line in Gato, Colorado.

Sage Advice

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-02
Page:
72
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
Bob provides lots of tips and suggestions.

Sage of the Square Footer

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-01
Page:
88
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Bob tells the story of how his wife competed in the 2014 National Narrow Gauge Convention's Square-Footer contest and won second place. The model is of an old engine being pulled out of a shed, modeled in Sn3.

Sand House

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-04
Page:
84
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
Bob shows his steps for building an open wet sand bin, a drying house, and the delivery tower.

Scale Drawings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-04
Page:
86
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author discusses how to convert scale drawings in a scale other than the one you are modeling into the scale you are modeling. Conversion factors are listed.

Scene Augmentation

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-01
Page:
62
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Adding several small details near the front of the layout to help tell a story or to draw attention. He gives lots of ideas in this month's column.

Scratchbuilding Freight Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-04
Page:
78
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:
The article covers how the author built a commissary car, but it covers a lot of information about why you might want to scratchbuilt your own freight car and what the general steps might be.

Scratchbuilding in Another Scale

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-09
Page:
58
Category:
Structures
Description:
The author discusses occasionally building something in another scale to not only keep your interests high in the hobby, but also to gain a different perspective and learn some new techniques.

Short Line Water Tank

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-11
Page:
84
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
F
Description:
The author builds a water tank as his foray into Fn3, and is surprised by how big this modeling scale is.

Signs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-11
Page:
86
Category:
Structures
Description:
The author discusses various ways we can make signs for our structures, including using a digital camera.

Simple Rubber Molds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-06
Page:
61
Category:
Casting
Description:
The author describes the process for making your own basic molds and castings. The photos show how he cast the parts for a log car.

Small Bridges

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-04
Page:
88
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author describes how to scratchbuild small trestle bridges.

Some Thoughts on Scratchbuilding

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-03
Page:
58
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob describes his experience learning to build from scratch starting in 1956.

Something Big

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-06
Page:
72
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
Large Scale
Description:
For something different, the author scratchbuilds a 1:12 scale caboose.

Something From Nothing

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-12
Page:
80
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Using the scrap box to build models, the author describes how he built a simple shed.

Sound and Motion

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-08
Page:
66
Category:
Electronics
Description:
The author discusses some ideas for adding sound and animation to the scenery, and how not to overdo it.

Speaking of Tools

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-11
Page:
64
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author covers his family heritage with regard to woodworking, discusses how to buy tools (don't buy cheap, for example), buying multiples of the same tools (and which ones), and how to modify tools.

Stone & Masonry

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-05
Page:
80
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author shares various techniques he has used for modeling a brick or masonry foundation or structure using molds he made.

Stonework Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-06
Page:
80
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author provides tips on how he models stonework, especially dealing with issues related to the corners in structures.

Storage, Again

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-12
Page:
74
Category:
Tools
Description:
Bob describes using every nook and cranny in your modeling space for extra storage. He uses his tubes of long stripwood, locomotive repair cradle, and paint bottle carousel as examples.

Strange Ideas

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-04
Page:
92
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Bob shares his ideas of using cigarette ashes for weathering structures, staining wood with old coffee, and using an old blender to make scenery base material from left-over, non-metal scrap materials.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-03
Page:
86
Category:
Layout Detailing
Description:
The author shares his philosophy about detailing the scenes on his layout.

Taking Notes, Keeping Track

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
60
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author makes a case for keeping track of notes and time spent on scratchbuilding projects. This would then make it easier to guesstimate your next project.

The Lowly Shed

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-07
Page:
60
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Scale:
HO
Description:
Description for building a handcar or storage shed. Two different models are shown in the photos.

The Trauma of Changing Scales

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-09
Page:
110
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Bob describes what it is like changing scale and/or gauges. Included are charts comparing rail heights, scale dimensions, and typical lengths of equipment for each of the main scales.

The Workbench

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
60
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author discusses several ideas for suitable work spaces.

Things to Do Before Supper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-10
Page:
86
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author describes various small things he does before he is called to the dinner table.

Thirty Minutes

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-07
Page:
72
Category:
Scenery
Description:
Adding small details to structures or scenes doesn't have to take a long time, but can do a lot of the overall impression of the layout.

Tool Shed

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-12
Page:
84
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
F
Description:
The author details how he built this 9'x17' building on a raised platform.

Trees and Weeds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-09
Page:
82
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
The author shares how to dismember a stuffed animal as a source for layout weeds. Also covered are how to use twine and rope for weeds, advice on using natural materials, using commercial trees, learning to make your own, and learning to paint your own backdrop.

Two-stall Engine House Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-02
Page:
82
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Scale:
O
Description:
The author shares how he started this project, by building the walls, the doors, and how to weather the walls.

Two-stall Engine House Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-03
Page:
84
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
O
Description:
This installment completes the construction of the engine house by building the interior trusses, center beams, and lighting.

Unconventional Materials

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-01
Page:
88
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author mentions his use of a collection of materials that he uses that a modeler may not readily think of, such as signage from antique store letter heads, marker pens, foils, etc.

Unconventional Tools

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-02
Page:
58
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author lists a number of his tools that are not necessarily found in modelers' tool boxes, such as a special dough-like substance for holding parts, a tool for cutting foam board, various rulers, metal blocks, etc.

Unlike Rome: Built in a Day

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2017-06
Page:
22
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Covering a variety of scales and a variety of project, the author covers things that can be built in 8 hours or less.

Unusual Attachments

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-06
Page:
78
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author describes using screws, pins, styrene rod as rivets, metal tab catches, and hiding wires in tubing.

Up On The Roof

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-05
Page:
72
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt and details building roofs.

Using Styrene

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-09
Page:
82
Category:
Structures
Description:
This is an introductory article about why and how to use styrene. It discusses the benefits of styrene versus some of the other building materials. There is also a short discussion on which glues to use with styrene.

Weathering Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-08
Page:
56
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
In this two-part series, the author shares a number of different techniques he uses for weathering structures.

Weathering Freight Cars Without an Airbrush

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-07
Page:
70
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
Making the argument that perfectly clean freight cars don't exist in the real world (unless they were just built), the author describes his steps for weathering the wheels, trucks, underframe (skipping the couplers), body, lettering, and adding scribing and waybills.

Weeds and Trees

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-05
Page:
70
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
The author describes the various materials he uses to make weeds, bushes, and trees.

Weekend Projects

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-08
Page:
74
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
S
Description:
The author takes on the challenge of scratchbuilding a structure for his Sn3 layout over the weekend.

What You'll Need to Scratchbuild

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-01
Page:
66
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
Review of a large collection of handy tools for doing scratchbuilding work.

Windows

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-02
Page:
72
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author shows how to scratchbuild windows, including a simple jig he uses to ensure that multiple windows are the same size.

Working with Plaster Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-12
Page:
95
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
This introductory article covers the various types of plasters available, how to create your own molds, and how to cast with plaster.

Working with Styrene

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-09
Page:
68
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
After describing what styrene is and how it is used in making model railroading models and parts, the author describes how he works with the material to make scratchbuilt models.

Working with Wood

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
76
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The article discusses when it is best to use strip wood and when sheet wood is better for models.

Working with Wood

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-08
Page:
72
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author describes the tools, stains, and techniques he used to work with wood to build structures.