My Library - Magazine Articles By Paul J. Dolkos

10 Steps to Great-looking Passenger Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
56
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article covers techniques for applying paint and decals. It shows how to plan the project, checking the parts, planning the painting sequence, painting the underbody, masking the underbody to paint the main body, and additional masking to paint a second color on parts of the sides, applying decals and the finish.

A Developing Basement Empire

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
56
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Scale:
N
Description:
Monroe Stewart's Hooch Junction was covered in an Allen Keller video several years ago. Now it is covered in print. This large layout offers plenty of action.

An American's Impressions of British Model Railroad Exhibitions

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
84
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
The author visited some of the British layout exhibitions to see how things are different between there and the U.S. Layouts are smaller, and they use space very effectively. Includes a side bar on designs for "fiddle" yards. Lots of photos.

Assault on the Alleghenies

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
64
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
O

Ballast: The Finishing Touch

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
102
Category:
Track
Description:
Ballast on Boston & Maine RR prototype. Preparation, ballast, and painting.

Bill Aldrich's New New Haven

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-01
Page:
66
Category:
Layouts - HO - Large
Scale:
HO
Description:
Bill's previous layout appeared in the Great Model Railroads 2000 magazine, but it was dismantled after that due to a move. The new layout is based on the same ideas. The author describes how Bill was able to get the new 35'x50', around-the-walls layout up and running in three years.

Building Wood Cars from Styrene

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-05
Page:
82
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
Although the subject is a Barre & Chelsea RR wood combine, the article is not a step-by-step how-to article about how to build this particular car, but rather a general one about how the author builds wooden passenger cars using styrene. Includes model and prototype photos, a construction detail diagram, and a parts list.

Bulk Oil Depots

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
100
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article includes prototype photos and full description of the variety of oil depots. An HO-scale model is shown in one photo, but only suggestions are provided for how to model it.

Detailing the Right-of-way 3

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2008-01
Page:
56
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
In this installment the author covers trackside communication systems, safety, and maintenance equipment.

Different Time Different Look

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-01
Page:
80
Category:
Railroads
Description:
The author takes a look at what turn-of-the-century modeling might involve (1900, that is).

Lessons from a Successful Layout Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
66
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This installment discusses the virtues of having nice scenery to help set the tone for operations.

Modeling a Secret Prototype

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
52
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO
Description:
It was a challenge for Chris White to build his 11' x 13' layout modeling the Russian prototype. The layout is small. A sidebar is included discussing the "joy of terminal operation".

Modeling Grade Crossings

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-09
Page:
72
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article covers all the parts that make up a grade crossing, with prototype spacings and distances between the various components. Scale drawings are included for the crossing signals and gates.

Next Stop Linwood!

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-08
Page:
52
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
Paul visits Mike Fyten's Kaw Valley model railroad, which is set in rural eastern Kansas in the early 1950s. It measures 28'x28' in a mostly around-the-walls layout with one peninsula. The article includes many photos, a track plan, and a small bio about Mike.

Passenger Cars Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-03
Page:
56
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article is about building the cars you want for your fleet by combining unique sides with common carbodies. The author started with an HO-scale Eastern Car Works car, removed the molded-on details, added the new sides, updated the underbody detail, installed grab irons, added an interior, painted and applied decals, and installed diaphragms and window shades.

Passenger Cars From Core Kits Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
72
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
The articles covers how to build a Southern Railway Pullman sleeper using NKP Car Works etched-metal sides and a Train Station Products' core kit for an HO model. Next, the author shows how to convert a Bachmann coach car into an N-scale RPO for the Monon.

Staging Solutions

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-04
Page:
90
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
Various staging solutions are described, such as using cassettes, sector plates, turntables, and traversers.

Weathering Your Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-09
Page:
62
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:
Railroad yards are not pretty nor clean, so this article describes some things you can do to mimic the real world.

Working the Mill Job

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
62
Category:
Industries
Description:
Instead of a bunch of small industries consider one big one.