My Library - Magazine Articles By Lionel Strang

A Better Way of Measuring

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
108
Category:
Tools
Description:
Using calipers to accurately measure parts and scale drawings when scratchbuilding.

A Hobby With Something for Everyone

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
93
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Discovering a "toy-train" layout in the basement of an accomplished HO-scale modeler.

A New Tool Gets Me Off My Duff

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
123
Category:
Tools
Description:
Sprue cutter

A Structure Measuring Kit

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-02
Page:
34
Category:
Tools
Description:
This handy fold-up kit can be used when going out and measuring a prototype building.

Adding Character

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-06
Page:
105
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author decided to remove a section of his mountains to model a rock retaining wall, which includes two water drainage pipes that flow water. The describes the whole process and the article includes some construction photos.

Animation

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
145
Category:
Scenery - Lights
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building a flickering light simulating a campfire.

Anne's Paint Caddy

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
123
Category:
Tools
Description:
Building a paint caddy that holds paint bottles and brushes.

Appalachian Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
96
Category:
Scenery
Scale:
N
Description:
Ballasting, scenery, painting the backdrop, tree-covered hillsides, roads, ground cover, rocks, fascia, structures, and weathering.

Backdrop Blues

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
126
Category:
Scenery - Backgrounds
Description:
Painting various levels of blue on the backdrop to more accurately simulate the real world.

Build Great-looking Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
70
Category:
Structures
Description:
The author shows his construction techniques as he builds a track-side warehouse.

Build the N-scale Appalachian Central

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
74
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
N
Description:
Complete article from benchwork to wiring.

Building a Lamppost

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
141
Category:
Scenery - Lights
Scale:
HO
Description:
A lamppost design that can take a beating.

Building Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
110
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Description:
How to overcome your fears of doing scenery for the first time on your layout.

Decoding Decoders

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
94
Category:
DCC
Description:
What do the various wires on a decoder mean?

Detailing Tunnels

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-10
Page:
115
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he cast tunnel interiors.

Easy Trackside Details

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-10
Page:
107
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how to build rail racks, rail fences, and how to model used ties.

Fast and Fun Foam Mounds

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
24
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:
Model the mounds of coal or ballast using pieces of foam insulation.

Handy Layout Table

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
125
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This article describes how the author built a table for the Woodland Scenics Scenic Ridge layout.

Improved Installation of Circuitron Switch Machines

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
104
Category:
Layout Wiring
Description:
This author describes how he uses a 1 x 4 x 4 block of wood to install the Tortoise and its wiring before actually installing the block under the layout. This makes the overall process much easier. Because of the extra height under the layout, the article also describes the actuating crank necessary.

Joining the NMRA

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
116
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Reasons for the existence of the NMRA and why you should join.

Lionel's Favorite Web Sites

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
The author's top 10 web sites for this past year.

Making People Unique

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
115
Category:
Scenery - People & Animals
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he takes the common Preiser figures and makes them more Americanized, changes their limbs, and paints them to look different.

Painting Track

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
104
Category:
Track

Photography 101

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
96
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
Choosing a camera, lenses, tungsten film, lighting, composition, depth of field, and bracketing. Includes digital photography tips with minimum requirements for MR publication.

Recessed Fascia Panels

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
135
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
To avoid damaging the plugs of throttles, the author shows how he built recessed fascia panels.

Styrene Tips

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
112
Category:
Structures
Description:
Tips and tools needed for styrene construction.

Surplus Vehicles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-07
Page:
93
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author took two vehicles, originally design as military vehicles, and repainted them to be used by civilians in every-day use.