My Library - Magazine Articles By Jeff Johnston

Build a Ground Foam Applicator

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-11
Page:
102
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author describes how Bob Hensler built a scenery duster by connecting two rubber tubes to a lid of a jar that contains the ground foam. Blowing in one tube allows the other tube to direct the placement of the ground foam, including in difficult-to-reach areas and vertical spaces.

Building Blocks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-04
Page:
51
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Scale:
HO
Description:
Creating blocks of wood which are then covered with scale strip wood, door and roof treatments. Simple and effective. Includes step-by-step photos.

Kitbashed Logging Flats

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-05
Page:
54
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author converted some 40-foot Athearn flat cars to better fit his pre-1930s era. Drawings and close-up photos show all the work he did to do this conversion. A prototype photo of the Minarets & Western flat car is included.

Making Rock Molds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-09
Page:
66
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Description:
Step-by-step text and photo guide on how the author makes his rock molds. He shows two methods, one using a single large rock and one using a board full of smaller rocks (to make a vertical rock wall, for example).

Nut-Bolt-Washers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-07
Page:
57
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article covers how to better install the NBW castings.

Traction Test Stand

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-05
Page:
113
Category:
Tools
Description:
The author describes how he built a test stand to measuring a locomotive's traction capabilities using a precision dynamometer gauge.

Upgrading the MDC Shay Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-01
Page:
64
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author states that the model runs very well if as built, but adding an NWSL metal gearbox and a Sagami motor with flywheels really makes it purr. Also discussed are contact wipers, side rods, and universal shafts

Visiting Fred Carlson's Gladstone & North Houghton

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-02
Page:
60
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article describes Fred's layout set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which measures 26' by 25' in an L-shape. It covers the layout's construction and design, operating, and plans for the future. Many photos and a track plan are also included