My Library - Magazine Articles By Earl Smallshaw

A Station for Middletown

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-05
Page:
64
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a model based on the prototype Central New England (later New York, New Haven & Hartford) station in Middletown, Conn. Includes scaled drawings, model and prototype photos, and various construction diagrams.

Building Demolition

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-08
Page:
100
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how to model a building that is in the process of being demolished. This shows the interior of the structure, as well as walls half broken down. Included is a description of how to model the rubble that forms around the area.

Distant Pines

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-08
Page:
89
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Scale:
HO
Description:
Making pine tree silhouettes using shaped metal screen and ground foam.

Forced Perspective

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
114
Category:
Structures
Description:
Forced perspective can be created by building smaller-than-scale structures and trees.

Modeling Tenements

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-02
Page:
76
Category:
Structures - Homes
Scale:
HO
Description:
Tenement housing provides opportunities for detailing. The article includes scale drawings, construction details, close-up photos, and a side-bar on how to make clothing.

Progress Report on the Franklin & South Manchester

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-03
Page:
88
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO
Description:
Completion of South Manchester is covered in this article. Trackplan and many (large) layout photos accompany the article.

The Donald Clerke Memorial Bridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
92
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Scale:
HO
Description:
Retrieving and restoring a bridge from a friend's layout.

The Sterlingworth Steel Hopper Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
71
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this 1900s steel hopper out of styrene and brass. Includes model drawings and photos. A sidebar is included on how to build a rivet machine, which was documented in the June 1968 Model Railroader issue.

Urban Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-07
Page:
102
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
HO
Description:
Putting city buildings on a second level above the track can make the city look dense, yet still allow the trains to move on through. The author describes how he makes rounded backdrops, uses mock-ups, builds roads, and the buildings themselves (painting, weathering, roofs, signs, and lighting). Includes a sidebar on how to cut out windows when scratchbuilding a wall.