My Library - Magazine Articles By Rusty Westermeier

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-03/04
Page:
19
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
This article is about converting an American Flyer depressed-center flat to scale, and building a transformer load.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-05/06
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad History
Scale:
S
Description:
The author revisits old S-scale products that might be available on auction web sites, but their quality is dubious, and they may require quite a bit of work to get them to run properly on today's layouts.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-07/08
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author continues to revisit old S-scale products that might be available on auction web sites. This column covers dealing with older freight car trucks (including re-gauging them to the current NASG standard). Several photos of discussed trucks are included.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-11/12
Page:
20
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers some of the older S-scale freight car kits that might still be available on the secondary market (in 2001). Covered are Rex Engineering, Super Scale (PermaBilt), Kansas City Kits, C-D Scale Models, Westbrook, Midgauge, Nixon Model Company, Bob Peare Engineering Corp, Sunshine Models, Northeastern Scale Modles, Kinsman, Stewart (now Ye Old Huff 'n Puff), Ambroid, Russ Mobley, and Quality Craft Models.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-09/10
Page:
13
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the differences between open frog and closed frog turnouts, the anatomy of a turnout, what is available in S-scale, and building your own turnouts.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-11/12
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reports on the 2002 NASG Convention product announcements. Includes several photos.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-01/02
Page:
16
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a scale test car, citing references he used (and even though a brass model was available).

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-05/06
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
The author discusses philosophies held by some S-scale modelers, and things he would like to see be manufactured in the scale.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-07/08
Page:
12
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his method for creating rivets in styrene, using a die-covered lightbox.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-09/10
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews, in depth, the Kaslo PS-1 resin box car kit.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-11/12
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the Standard Railway Castings Company kit of the Great Northern double-sheathed, 40' box cars.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-01/02
Page:
12
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he made the American Models' rather generic wooden-prototype caboose into a more accurate CB&Q waycar. The article includes a photo of the model, and two drawings.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-05/06
Page:
12
Category:
Scenery
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how to build creates, concrete blocks, oil drums, gasoline tanks, and tank stands.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-07/08
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author adds more details to an American Models 4-bay hopper car and letters it for the CNW.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-09/10
Page:
12
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he used to model the period between 1900 and 1920 in S-scale, and what it took to model that effectively. Photos of example models are included in the article.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2005-11/12
Page:
14
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Scale:
S
Description:
In this article the author describes the bridge kits produced by Hunterline.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2007-07/08
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad History
Scale:
S
Description:
The author, having been an S-scale modeler for 50 years at the time, reflects back how he got started in the scale and how the scale has grown to where one can easily model in it now.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2007-09/10
Page:
14
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
The author makes the case for scratchbuilding your own turnouts, however, he recommends flextrack for regular track (the cost of handlaying regular track is higher than buying flextrack). He describes how he deals with the different ties, how to make and use track gauges,

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2007-11/12
Page:
16
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the use of Kadee HO-scale and S-Helper Service S-scale couplers and how they are used and installed on S-scale equipment.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2008-01/02
Page:
18
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
S
Description:
The author revisits the S-scale Miller Alco 1,000hp switcher and the Nord/Stinton Mikado locomotive kits that were available in the late 1940s. For their time they were innovative, but they were always poor runners. He also discusses the Superscale version of the Alco switcher that came out at about the same time.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2008-03/04
Page:
12
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
S
Description:
The author mentions that his layout is soon to be expanded. He also describes a scratchbuilt steam locomotive that his friend bought, and an Alco switcher at a recent show. Photos of both models are included in the article.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2008-05/06
Page:
12
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the current state of vehicles available to S-scale modelers, and how he and others modify them to look more realistic (such as using HO-scale truck tires for passenger car tires).

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2009-09/10
Page:
14
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
S
Description:
The author provides tips and tricks to kitbashing or scratchbuilding a caboose. He covers creating end railings and ladders, roofs, and floors. Photos of several of his models are included.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2009-11/12
Page:
14
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
S
Description:
How to model local coal dealers in S-scale.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2010-01/02
Page:
14
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Scale:
S
Description:
The author compares using cardboard, wood, and styrene for scratchbuilding structures, and concludes with how to build multi-pane sashes for windows.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2010-03/04
Page:
12
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes one of the kits by Imagine That! Laser Art.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2010-05/06
Page:
12
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
S
Description:
The author provides information on the various Rex steam locomotives, and some of the modifications he has made to some. Includes photos of them.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2010-07/08
Page:
10
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
The author builds the NASG's Kermit's Kleaning Kemicals modular building kit, and gives his opinion of the final result. The kit was developed by banta modelworks. Includes two photos of the author's completed model.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2010-09/10
Page:
10
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his experience building the Grand River Models' Prince Edward Express structure kit. Includes photos of the model, including one built by Dick Karnes.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2010-11/12
Page:
10
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the mechanical switch machines he makes himself.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-01/02
Page:
10
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes building the two Sidetrack Laser special-run kits, the "Certified Truck Scale" and the "Howard S Craftsman" house kits.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-03/04
Page:
10
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the past and present availability of S-scale hoppers, and covers detailing the American Models and American Flyer cars. Photos of many of the hoppers are included.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-05/06
Page:
12
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he replaced the trucks of the Miller S4 model from the 1940s. Includes construction photos.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-07/08
Page:
12
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers the two 6-wheel Commonwealth passenger car trucks available at the time, the American Models and Scenery Unlimited ones. Includes photos of both models. A photo of the SSL&S one is also shown.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-09/10
Page:
12
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the current (at the time) situation of heavyweight passenger cars in S-scale.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-11/12
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
This is the author's second-to-last column, and he provides his views on the current state of S-scale and what he has learned since he started writing the column.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2012-01/02
Page:
10
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his thoughts on designing and building his unfinished layout. Includes several photos.

Scale Scene Part II

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-03/04
Page:
12
Category:
Cabooses
Scale:
S
Description:
The author continues by completing the construction of the CB&Q caboose based on an American Model model. He used HO-scale trucks.

Scale Scenes

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-03/04
Page:
14
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers the various wheels available in S, and covers the various dimensions of parts of the wheels and what is used in S. In particular, the author describes the wheels that are available from NWSL, including the Proto:64 wheels. (related web page)

The Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-09/10
Page:
40
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers passenger cars manufactured by Chester Industrial Arts, Midgage, Sylvania Models, Train Stuff, Strafford Metal Products, Super Scale Models, and Nimco.

The Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-01/02
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers the product lines of Sunshine Models, Liberty Models, Mainline Models, Regal Kits, Wisconsin Central, Train Stuff, and how they compare to the products available in 2002.

The Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-03/04
Page:
14
Category:
Couplers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers HO- and S-scale couplers that S-scale modelers use, and provides examples of how to install them.

The Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-05/06
Page:
16
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
How to add details to American Models' heavyweight baggage cars. Shows a couple of photos, a drawing, and a jig.

The Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-07/08
Page:
16
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
How to add handrail and brake wheels to American Models' heavyweight baggage cars. Shows a couple of photos and a jig drawing.