Cast Your Own Freight Cars
Model Railroader 2004-08
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
The author wanted a number of 29-foot identical flat cars that were not commercially available, so he built a master, made the two-part mold, and made several castings. Includes a sidebar on how to make removable loads using magnets.
Scratchbuilding Steam-era Water Tanks
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-07
Structures - Engine Servicing
The author describes how he modeled a 1870s water tank. Includes many photos and scaled drawings, as well as a materials list.