My Library - Magazine Articles By Ken Patterson

Build a Supersize Flatcar Load

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2011-03
Page:
64
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a 218-foot refinery tower that is carried on five flat cars.

Building a Modern Plate Girder Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-08
Page:
38
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built a diorama focused on a bridge crossing a creek in an area where he hung out when he was young. Today it is covered with graffiti, which he also modeled. Diorama construction photos and bridge scale drawings are included.

Creating Realistic Roads

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-03/04
Page:
66
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Scale:
N
Description:
Using plexiglass to make realistic-looking roads. Includes tips on how to weather the road surface.

Fake Fur Grass

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-08
Page:
86
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using fake fur, a synthetic material used in making toy stuffed animals, is used to simulate grass fields. The author paints the fur and then adds real soil to make the grass appear patchy.

Making Winter Trees

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-12
Page:
72
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
The author describes how he uses 26-gauge floral wire to build large, realistic trees.

Model Trackside Brush Realistically

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
64
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Using Bachmann's wire tree branches, the author shows how he converts them into small trees and bushes, using the standard poly fiber and ground foam approach.

Realistic Weeds

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-03/04
Page:
48
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Scale:
N
Description:
Making a special tool to easily insert weeds into a foam-based scenery base.

Scenic Facelift: Adding a New Bridge to an Old Module

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-12
Page:
52
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Scale:
HO
Description:
This issue's cover photo was taken on the same module, with snow added. It shows the old bridge (a Central Valley model). The new BLMA 150-foot brass bridge was added and the author describes how he did that. Includes many construction photos.

The Art of Making Trees

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
25
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
The author shows how he creates realistic trees using Super Trees material by Scenic Express. They have a nice "airy" quality to them.

What's Neat

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-01
Page:
41
Category:
Track
Description:
The author shows how he cleans track with some homemade tools, his improvements made to his airbrush compressor set-up, shares photos about how Michael Gross does his modeling work in hotels, how he does dust removal from scenery, and some photo/video props.

What's Neat with Ken Patterson

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-04
Page:
47
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
Modeling damaged freight cars. Building a G-gauge diorama for a photo shoot. Installing a DCC decoder in an HO-scale brass engine. Moving a shelf portion lower on the layout and using LED light strips to light the area under it.

What's Neat With Ken Patterson

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-10
Page:
57
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
Covers the St. Louis Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet with lots of photos. (related web page)

What's Neat with Ken Patterson

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
39
Category:
Tools
Description:
How to make a paint-bottle shaker. A visit by actor Michael Gross. Updating a manufacturer's portable display layout. Interview with Matt Hermann from ESU LokSound.

What's Neat with Ken Patterson

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-02
Page:
49
Category:
(various topics)
Description:
Topics covered are a follow-up on the breaker bar handle track cleaner, the Digitrax DCS 240 command station, building the Athearn snowy trestle photo shoot diorama, and the Soundtraxx Tsunami 2.

Window and Door Screens in HO Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
76
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
HO
Description:
This brief article with plenty of construction photos shows how to use silk-screen to simulate window and door screens.