My Library - Magazine Articles By Marty McGuirk

A Basic Tool Kit

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
127
Category:
Tools
Description:
Sprue cutter, cutting mat, miter box, bench cradle, and other tools that should be part of a model railroader's toolbox.

Ask Paint Shop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
146
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
Chateau Martin wine cars. CB&Q Blackbirds. Tips on creating a applying decals can.

Ask Paint Shop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
162
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Scale:
HO
Description:
Jim Hediger used reflective tape to model accurate reflective safety stripes on his S4 switcher. Also covered is how to remove tarnish from brass models.

Backdrops

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
123
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This articles covers how to build a backdrop using 0.060" styrene and painting it with just some basic sky colors.

Bridge Basics

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-11
Page:
127
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
How to select the right bridge for the purpose, and the anatomy of a bridge.

Drilling and Tapping

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-12
Page:
133
Category:
Tools
Description:
Basics on how to drill and tap a hole.

Easy Weathering Techniques

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-08
Page:
120
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes some simple steps for weathering trucks, wheels, and car bodies with washes and dry-brushing paint.

Fascias

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
129
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The basics about what can be incorporated into a layout's fascia.

Getting Real: Flipping The Piers

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2010-11/12
Page:
137
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author discusses various decisions he has made to model a pier in his layout.

Laying Flextrack on Curves

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
129
Category:
Track

Maine Central U25Bs in N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
128
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
Using an Atlas U25B as a starting model, the author describes the modifications and painting he did to model two of these engines. Includes model and prototype photos.

Making Model Trees

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-06
Page:
113
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
This article describes how to modify Super Trees to get them to look more realistic.

Mocking up a Scene

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
141
Category:
Structures
Description:
Using cardboard to build the rough shapes of structures to see if they will fit on the layout. It is easier and cheaper to modify them before spending time building the final building.

Pennsylvania RR Lettering

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-08
Page:
109
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Description:
Marty answers the question about which PRR lettering schemes were used when on their freight cars.

Scale Rules

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
153
Category:
Tools
Description:
Model railroad scale rules, architect's scale.

Staging Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-10
Page:
124
Category:
Track
Description:
This article covers four different types of staging yards we can add to our layouts.

Standards Gauge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-10
Page:
115
Category:
Track
Description:
This article describes what a standards gauge is, where to get one, and how to use its many features.

The Central Vermont of the 1950's

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
108
Category:
Railroads
Description:
Prototype photos of locomotives, track, structures, maps, steam servicing facility, and rolling stock.

Weathering

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-09
Page:
103
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Scale:
HO
Description:
A brief article on why one would one to weather equipment, and how the author weathers a freight car using thinned acrylic paints and pastel chalks.