My Library - Magazine Articles By Chuck Davis

Building a Surface Plate

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-03
Page:
81
Category:
Tools
Description:
This tool is composed of three pieces of styrene that provide for the ability to perform quality control services on our models, including checking overall height, checking coupler position, checking carbody lean, or accurately placing decals or engine parts.

Constructing an Operating Warning Light

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-12
Page:
92
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a flashing warning light (LED) seen on top of water and radio towers. The model in the article is a Kober Models water tank. Includes the parts list.

Kitbashed Wood Loading Ramp

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-01
Page:
91
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using an Accurail Rural Timber Overpass bridge, the author created the end-of-spur unloading ramp that appears to be made out of heavy timbers, much like the prototype.

Kitbashing Three Lehigh Valley Cabooses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-09
Page:
79
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how to build the three caboose discussed in another article in this issue. The author used the MDC 3440-series cabooses as a start for the three models. Includes construction photos, detail drawings, and a parts list

Modeling a Lehigh Valley Mill Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-11
Page:
47
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
HO
Description:
A large number of the Lehigh Valley's gondola fleet were these 50-foot 13-rib straight side gondolas. The author used two Accurail 41-foot USRA steel gondola models to kitbash one of these cars. He describes the process he went through. The article includes one prototype photo, several close-up model photos, prototype roster, scale drawings, and describes how to make a steel plate load for the car.

Modeling Sound

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-12
Page:
69
Category:
Electronics
Description:
Adding sounds in the background using scenic sound modules. Includes a diagram for using the LM555 timer integrated circuit.

Upgrading a PRR H21 Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-12
Page:
94
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
HO
Description:
After describing the history of this quad hopper, the author describes how he detailed the Bowser HO-scale model. The article includes several prototype photos and lots of model close-up photos.