My Library - Magazine Articles By Michael Tylick

3 Great Scratchbuilding Ideas

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-06
Page:
80
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes techniques for how he scratchbuilds windows and doors, making styrene walls with openings using the snap-and-glue techniques (breaking the walls up into sections), and how to model asphalt shingle siding (using heavy bond, or manila folder, paper).

A Trio of Structure Details

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-12
Page:
98
Category:
Structures
Scale:
O
Description:
Vacant building that has "for rent" soaped into the windows. Clothes hanging on a line. Exterior hanging plants.

Build an O Scale Streetcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-05
Page:
106
Category:
Locomotives - Traction
Scale:
O
Description:
The author used this project as an introduction to model in O-scale. It is based on the Connecticut Car Co. streetcar as built in 1910. Includes scaled drawings, construction photos, and a sidebar on how to handle the internal wiring for picking up power from the overhead wiring.

Building an HO Module 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-09
Page:
58
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author introduces the standard for HO-scale module construction. The article introduces the F&S Junction 2x4-foot module. Includes photos, a trackplan of the module, a sidebar on the module construction standard, and diagrams for creating handlaid turnouts and slide switch turnout control.

Finishing Touches for the Pioneer Valley

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
126
Category:
Scenery
Scale:
O
Description:
The author covers adding automobiles, figures, utility poles, detail castings, chain link fences, junk, scratchbuilt details, signs, and signals to his layout. A sidebar article talks about the cabinets the author built for the layout, including parts list and diagram. There is another sidebar on the signals and signal driving circuit he added to his layout.

George's Old Railroad Ties

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-06
Page:
97
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Scale:
HO
Description:
This brief article describes how George Selios models old ties that are thrown or stacked along side the right-of-way.

It's The Little Things That Count

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-12
Page:
100
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author photographs some close-up detailed scenes on George Selios' layout.

Lightweight Benchwork

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
63
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This article describes how the author builds his modules for his G-scale modular layout. The techniques shown build a very strong, yet lightweight module.

New Haven Rail Fences

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-03
Page:
111
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Scale:
O
Description:
This article shows how to model track fences made from old rail, as still found along the Amtrak Northeast Corridor. These were used to keep people from accidentally wandering onto the high-speed track.

Painted-on Wall Signs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-07
Page:
97
Category:
Scenery - Homes and Lots
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to accomplish the same painted-on signs look on buildings like George Selios does.

Pinhole Photography

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-09
Page:
91
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
After the author describes why you want to use a pinhole, he describes how he built one for his camera.

Quick and Easy Interiors

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
54
Category:
Structures - Homes
Scale:
O
Description:
Using magic markers, styrene, and other assorted materials to quickly give the illusion the interiors of stores and homes are populated.

Taking it to the Streets

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
88
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Scale:
O
Description:
Adding details to roadways, including cracks, a construction site, and junk.

The N Scale Fitchburgh & Southbridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-02
Page:
92
Category:
Layouts - N - Medium
Scale:
N
Description:
This 4'6" by 10'8" layout features a continuous-running mainline and several branches with a main yard for lots of switching. Despite its size, the overall photos show an impressively grand view of the layout, with tall mountains. The photos are all in black&white, but the shots are dramatic.

Weathering Track

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-07
Page:
93
Category:
Track
Scale:
HO
Description:
George Sellios' techniques for detailing flextrack on the Franklin & South Manchester.