My Library - Magazine Articles By Ron Bearden

36-ton Shay

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
25
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
N
Description:
Converting the Atlas Shay into a light-weight wood-burning unit. Includes many close-up photos of the cosmetic changes made.

Changing 3-Axle Sideframes

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
52
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
Converting a 3-axle EMD sideframe to a GE sideframe, as part of placing a Bachmann Spectrum CW40-8 shell on a Kato SD40-2 mechanism.

CSX Legacy: Rare Ancestor GP40s

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
35
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
The author created six different models from the Atlas GP40 to add "color" to his CSX standard roster. Includes photos and descriptions of each.

EMD GP35 Phase 2

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
39
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
Starting with an Atlas GP35 Phase 1, the author built a GP35 Phase 2. Shows model photos, modification diagrams, and close-up detail photos.

EMD SD28

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
32
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
The author converted an Atlas SD35 and replaced the shell with one from an Atlas GP38. Includes a prototype photo of this rare locomotive.

Modeling a Flood

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
45
Category:
Dioramas
Description:
With all the recent flooding in New Orleans, Texas, and Florida, the author thought it might be a nice idea to model a flooded area in an NTrak module. The article has many photos of a 1990 flood in Caryville, Florida. No actual modeling is done or shown.

MOW Hi-Rail Truck

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
60
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Scale:
N
Description:
Follow-up supplement to an article by Jake Schultz in the September/October 1999 issue of N-Scale magazine. The article shows how to build a running maintenance-of-way truck.

Pocket Switcher

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
60
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
Modifying the typical Japanese-looking electric engine into an Americanized diesel switcher. Includes installing a decoder. They are part of the Kato Pocket line.

S2 Gearing Improvement

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
62
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
The Arnold/Rivarrossi S2 apparently has problems with their gears breaking. This article covers how these problems can be fixed. This will also reduce the noise of the gears.

Shay Improvement

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
28
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
N
Description:
This article covers modifying the couplers to look more prototypical, installing the DCC decoder (with lots of close-up photos on the modifications made), and making some minor cosmetic improvements to the engine.

Sunlight Warm Up Your Shots

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
46
Category:
Photography & Videography
Description:
Two photos showing the difference between indoor and outdoor photography of an engine.

Super-detailing an Atlas Rio Grande GP35

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
28
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
Close-up model photos, prototype photos, parts list, and detailed instructions.

SW1200 Worm Gear Replacement

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
70
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
N
Description:
Shows how to replace the plastic worm gear on a Life-Like SW1200 with a brass worm gear from Kato. Includes a drawing of the jig used to remove the worm from the motor shaft.