My Library - Magazine Articles By Lou Sassi

Aging Plastic Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-08
Page:
94
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using the heat of a lightbulb to deform the sides of freight cars to represent damage.

Build for The Long Haul

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
72
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
The 19 by 33 foot Moose River Valley RR by Peter Eaton features a lot of switching, with three yards and many industries. The layout lasted 30 years, and was torn down in 2001, so that Peter could focus on building has large scale garden layout.

Concocting Some Conifers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-09
Page:
66
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Modeling a hemlock, fir, and spruce.

How To Make Better Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
46
Category:
Scenery
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article describes how the author creates a scenic base using Woodland Scenics' foam sheets, then covers it with "ground goop" (a mixture of Celluclay, Vermiculite, flat latex paint, and white glue). The photo essay continues with ground cover, planting trees made from Peppergrass, and finishes with two scenes of a suburban front yard and static-flock grass along the track side.

It's a Styrofoam Sky!

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
131
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
Using a piece of blue styrofoam insulation board as a quick-n-dirty sky background for photographing dioramas or models. Clouds are optional.

Ntrak Sets a World's Record

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
90
Category:
Modules
Scale:
N
Description:
On November 11, 1990 twelve Ntrak clubs got together and build a 21.3 scale mile H-shaped layout from 176 modules. Shows an overall photo and several modules.

Prototype Scenes, Freelanced Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
42
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
This 19' by 34' layout features the fictional merger of 5 eastern railroads set in eastern Pennsylvania in the late 1960s to early 1970s. The father and son team Bill and Steve Brown worked on this layout for over a decade.

Real Scrap Loads for your Gons

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-12
Page:
109
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using actual rust particles falling off of a car were used to show an empty gondola as having been recently used, but not quite cleared out.

Use Putty to Save On Coal Loads

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
75
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
On2-1/2
Description:
Simple coal loads that only use real coal as the top layer.

Where The East Broad Top Meets the Pennsy

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-04
Page:
52
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
This 24' x 26' layout has a double-track Pennsy mainline around the perimeter of the layout and the narrow gauge EBT in the center island. Includes a sidebar on how Don Shook makes debris for the top of his steam engine's tenders.