My Library - Magazine Articles By Don Spiro

A New Layout Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-09
Page:
72
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author talks about the demise of his previous layout, why the new layout, and the things he wants to do different this time. Obviously the layout is quite far along, because it includes lots of nice close-up photos of the new layout.

A New Layout Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-10
Page:
72
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the construction of the benchwork on top of shelf system brackets. The author attempts to use the minimal number of tools showing that in two weeks the "dirty" job of benchwork can be completed.

A New Layout Part III

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-11
Page:
88
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment of the author's layout construction project he discusses track planning and track laying.

A New Layout Part IV

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
91
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This article discusses the idea of using photos of models as backdrops. A large part of the article covers how to do the photography.

Building a Covered Barge for the Port Richmond Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
75
Category:
Scenery - Waterside
Scale:
HO
Description:
Construction and final model photo accompany the article. This issue starts off with the hull completed.

Conquering Insulbrick

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
54
Category:
Structures
Scale:
HO
Description:
Modeling the pre-WWII asphalt sheets of faux-brick siding that was used on frame houses in the Northeast and Midwest. The article includes prototype and modeling photos.

Creating a Paint Scheme for a Freelanced Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-02
Page:
81
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Scale:
HO
Description:
Although building a freelanced model may seem easy, this article describes the author's issues he had to deal with trying to develop a realistic paint scheme for his engines. Several photos of unique prototype paint schemes (that influenced the author) are included.

Detailing Structures: Five Simple One-evening Projects

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-06
Page:
55
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to add gutters and downspouts, electrical hook-up, indoor plumbing, flashing, and ice dams.

George Lochsky's Northern Pacific Layout

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-09
Page:
38
Category:
Layouts - HO - Medium
Scale:
HO
Description:
A long, skinny layout that models the Cascades to Puget Sound. Since the layout is a bit smaller, the owner was able to focus more attention to the details and the fantastic structures it features. The passenger station is modeled open facing the aisle, so the interior is fully visible.

Kitbashing an O&W-based Crossing Shanty

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-09
Page:
60
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
The article includes a prototype photo, model construction photos, and a parts list. The author build the model from a set of plans for a standard NYO&W shanty. Scale drawings are included for this simple project.

Scratchbuilding a Country Depot

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-03
Page:
82
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built the Rutland's South Shaftsbury, Vermont, depot. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos, as well as scaled drawings and a materials list.

Scratchbuilding a Shallow-relief Model Based on the Crowl Store

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-12
Page:
85
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author took the photos taken by Robert Mohowski (shown in the article in this same issue) and built this shallow structure. Includes model and prototype photos, scale drawings, a parts list, and detailed information on how to build the more complex parts, such as the curve window tops.

Shallow-relief Structures

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-07
Page:
50
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built shallow-relief structures for his shelf layout to convey the idea of trains passing behind lots of structures and to only be able to view parts of the trains passing through the city scene.

The Camera Never Lies

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1997-01
Page:
75
Category:
Photography & Videography
Scale:
HO
Description:
Several ideas on improving models: weathering trucks and wheels, adding lots of people to scenes, adding lots of vehicles, making sure that structures are embedded in the scene, how to deal with the edge of the layout in photos, and several other tips.

Troy on the NEB&W

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
50
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO

Updating an Athearn Standard Coach

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-10
Page:
68
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
Includes diaphragms, how to use dividers to place details.