My Library - Magazine Articles By Robert Smaus

Bonus Building: A Box Factory For Your Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
77
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
HO
Description:
Model photo and scale drawing of a simple structure.

Build a Sunkist Packing Plant

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-08
Page:
59
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author details how he built a model of this structure located in Ventura County. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos, as well as scale drawings.

Building Believable Buffs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
140
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Scale:
HO
Description:
Simple, step-by-step procedure for building realistic bluffs to cover the area between two tracks at different elevations.

Building Better Abutments

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-11
Page:
120
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using a plywood mold, build 1920s-looking bridge abutments from plaster. Includes how to build the abutment wings and piers using plaster also.

Curved Tracks and Close Quarters

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-02
Page:
110
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building two curved buildings to allow for curved track in between them. A prototype photo is included along with two model photos. Makes for great urban tight-quarter modeling.

Freight Car Loads

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-06
Page:
50
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article focuses on looking at some of the rules railroads follow for securing loads in open-top cars. Loads covered are steel plates, pipe, lumber, tanks, and structural steel. Includes a freight car loading diagram from the 1950 AAR book.

Hollywood Goes N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-09
Category:
Layouts - N - Large
Scale:
N
Description:
A very large scene built specifically for a key scene in the "Flight of the Intruder" movie.

Improving Genesis Cab Interiors

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
86
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
HO
Description:
Changing the interiors.

Industrial Lighting

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-08
Page:
68
Category:
Scenery - Lights
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he builds and installs industrial lighting in his structures.

Kitbashing a Small Gas Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
60
Category:
Structures - Automobiles
Scale:
HO
Description:
Adding details to a gas station.

Modeling a great car for loads: Pennsy's steam-era G31 gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-06
Page:
55
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author makes a Con-Cor 52'6" mill gondola into a true representation of the PRR G31. Includes prototype and model photos.

Modeling Amtrak in the West: An F40PH and Superliner Train

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-03
Page:
52
Category:
Trains
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using the shell of a Life-Like F40PH, the chassis by Proto Power West, and the cars by Con-Cor, this modern train can be modeled in HO. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos.

Modeling an Old-time Feed Mill

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
70
Category:
Industries
Scale:
HO
Description:
Prototype and model photos of a feed mill. Includes scale drawing and construction photos.

Painting and Detailing a Southern Pacific SW1500

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-06
Page:
80
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
HO
Description:
Taking an Athearn model, and adding some details, produced a model of this engine. Parts list included as well as some model photos.

Paving the Town

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-02
Page:
66
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:
The author shares his techniques for creating more realistic roads, such as using brick gutters, modeling track in the streets, making sidewalk freight elevators, and creating manhole covers.

Port of Los Angeles Project Railroad Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-12
Page:
104
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO
Description:
This 30" by 6-foot module seems to relay the busy L.A. port in a modern-day setting. The busy trackwork allows plenty of switching. It is designed to fit most HO-scale modular layout standards. The author built it on a movable cart for easy transport. Many construction photos are included, as are a trackplan and completed layout photos. There is a sidebar on the author's checklist of the do's and don't's of layout design

Port of Los Angeles Project Railroad part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-01
Page:
94
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
This module has lots of track and serves at least five industries. This installment covers cutting up commercial turnouts to make them fit, how to deal with rail size differences (code 100 to 83), wiring, switch stands, how to make roads, and how to have track buried in pavement.

Port of Los Angeles Project Railroad part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
94
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
This final installment covers installing the removable liquid bulk terminal, adding details, using European kits, fencing, dirt, ballast, backdrop installation, and a sidebar on painting and weathering.

The Challenges of Building a Layout in a Garage

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
52
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The author describes the common problems encountered when placing your layout in a garage, such as bugs and dust. His weathering approach accounts for the standard shade of dust collecting in his garage.

The Golden Era Los Angeles in the 1950's

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
58
Category:
Layouts - HO - Medium
Scale:
HO
Description:
12 by 19-foot layout features the SP in L.A. The article is a photo essay that takes you around the layout.

Weathering a Little at a Time

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-07
Page:
64
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shares his techniques for weathering cars and engines by applying many thin layers using various methods. Included are how to weather the hard-to-weather box-car-red cars.