My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Model Railroad Philosophy

A Little Philosophy

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-02
Page:
54
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author discusses how the hobby has progressed in terms of product quality over the decades and how scratchbuilding is viewed from different perspectives.

A Perfect Shot in the Foot

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-10/11
Page:
54
Author:
Don Ledger
Scale:
S
Description:
The author's observations about the behavior of long-time S-scalers.

ABC's of S

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1982-07/08
Page:
20
Author:
Joseph M. Bak, Jr.
Scale:
S
Description:
The President of the Train Collector's Association shares his views of S-scale.

Are You In The Mood?

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1996-02
Page:
4
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
Consider period music to put you in the mood for modeling, or to enhance the overall experience of your layout.

Bill's Boiler Wash

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #2 April
Page:
2
Author:
Bill Winans
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers some info about changes within the NASG organization. The majority of the article is about the incorrect use of "gauge" vs. "scale" within S-scale and the industry in general. Gauge is the distance between the rails, and scale is the ratio to the prototype that we are modeling.

Commentary

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1975-11
Page:
96
Author:
Jim Boyd
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Although the entry is not accredited an author, there is an opinion piece in the back of the magazine where the author believes that modeling in a minority scale, such as S, and more specifically Sn3, is a perfect scale for those who wish to not be tempted into "buying" their way into a nice layout, but rather be "forced" to have to build the things he or she wants for the layout.

Consider Narrow Gauge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-08
Page:
89
Author:
James Scott Eakins
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
The author describes narrow gauge modeling and compares it to standard gauge modeling.

Crossing the Line

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
131
Author:
Tony Koester
Description:
Thoughts about realizing that there's only a limited amount of time to accomplish the modeling work one can accomplish in life.

Did We Forget Something?

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-05/06
Page:
5
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
The author's vision of the future with regard to S hasn't come true, yet.

Do You Consider Yourself A Craftsman?

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-11
Page:
32
Author:
Ron Pare
Description:
Calling oneself a "craftsman" is more than just putting together an expensive "craftsman" kit; it is about creatively using every-day items to build realistic scenes. The article covers topics that will help the reader become more of a crafts-person. Includes many photos of scenes the author has built, and a sidebar on using paints.

Expand Your Horizons

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-11
Page:
54
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Tips and ideas on how to get out of a modeling rut.

Food For Thought

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-11
Page:
60
Author:
Andy Crawford
Description:
The term "craftsman" implies a level of workmanship that may present a barrier-to-entry for most people, which the author wishes to dispel in this article.

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Winter
Page:
25
Author:
Robert L. Nalbone
Scale:
S
Description:
The author makes a case for how S-scale is affordable.

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-06
Page:
15
Author:
Dave Lull
Scale:
S
Description:
Consider using parts from HO- and O-scale kits to make the buildings you want, outside of scratchbuilding.

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-08
Page:
16
Author:
Dave Lull
Scale:
S
Description:
Comparing the current (1995) state of S-scale to the 1950s state of HO-scale. What caused the growth in S-scale in the 1970s? Is there really a superior scale to model in? Why would someone choose modeling in S-scale over any of the other scales?

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-10
Page:
16
Author:
Dave Lull
Description:
The author describes the concept of creativity in modeling.

Geno's Corner

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2017-03
Page:
30
Author:
Geno Sharp
Description:
Finding a your spot along the prototype-adoption scale, but don't be afraid of not being a rivet-counter.

Growing S Scale

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2011 Spring
Page:
4
Author:
Robert L. Nalbone
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor opines that the way to grow S-scale is by making products available, and not to rely too heavily on limited-runs.

In Defense of Freelancing

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-12
Page:
94
Author:
John Ostler
Description:
The author makes the point that even those who claim to be building prototype layouts are still freelancing. He says that those people are really freelancers working within a prototype theme. The article discusses the unfortunate compromises we all have to make to fit a layout in our given space.

Is Model Railroading A Dying Hobby?

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2013 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
Sam Powell
Scale:
S
Description:
The author discusses several topics to help determine if the hobby is dying. If not, what is it that we can do to help bring in new blood?

Is Prototype Modeling for You?

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-09
Page:
54
Author:
Andy Crawford
Description:
How does one decide where on the freelance-to-prototype scale one decides to model? The author leans toward more prototype fidelity.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author proposed the idea of promoting S-scale as the "last builder's scale".

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1998 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
What should be defined as the "standard S-scale modeling" at this point in time? Associating S-scale with A.C. Gilbert in the late 1990s makes no sense, since the company has been gone for many decades. The author proposes code 125 hi-rail as the current default definition of what S-scale is.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1998 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
What should be defined as the "standard S-scale modeling" at this point in time? The author continues with last issue's discussion covering track and coupler default standards.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2002 #4 August
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Consider the idea of quality over quantity, e.g. building a smaller layout, especially if you are new to S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2002 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The idea of introducing both idealism and humor into our model railroads.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2003 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the "pros" for modeling the transition era, and the "pros" for modeling the modern era, and answers the question of whether the transition era is still #1.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2006 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The visual appeal of S-scale models becomes apparent when seen in person.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2007 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author answers the question: Is S-scale still a scrounger scale? With Lionel and American Models much more is available.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2007 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Why do we procrastinate working on our model railroading projects?

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #4 August
Page:
7
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
How do we go about promoting S-scale to the hi-rail modelers?

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #5 October
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Keeping "model" in model railroading. The hobby still requires model building.

Mini-projects

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-06
Page:
68
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes moments he grabs here and there to get a little bit of progress done on some of his larger projects. Over time this adds up and suddenly you have a finished model, or a complete scene.

My Two Cents Worth

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2009 Fall
Page:
26
Author:
Wayne Schneyer
Description:
Although S tinplate layouts are fun for small kids with all their animations, does it really inspire the more serious model railroaders to leave their current scale and model in true S scale? That is the question the author poses.

Narrow Minded

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
14
Author:
Bobber Gibbs
Scale:
O
Description:
Why narrow gauge? O-scale narrow gauge is more fun and allows for more space, argues the author.

Narrow Minded

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
45
Author:
Bobber Gibbs
Description:
The author answers his own questions he posed in the previous issue's column about what he enjoys most in the hobby.

On With Stumpy Stone

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2014-01/02
Page:
10
Description:
The importance of road names, and being creative in choosing your own.

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2012 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author answers the question, "Why do I like the oddball scale S?" (having switched from many years in HO-scale).

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2013 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author proposed ideas for the main S-scale manufacturers to implement.

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2013 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
What kind of modeling can one do during a period of economic recession? The author provides a list of ideas that cost little or no money.

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #1 February
Page:
11
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author captures his thoughts on how far you are willing to compromise on your layout to model the real world, and what is the definition of "good enough".

Playing or Creating?

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-10
Page:
6
Author:
Don Hanley
Description:
The editor describes how he interacts with those who might perceive the hobby of model railroading as being associated with something only adolescents are involved with.

Possibilities

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-06/07
Page:
55
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Sn3 needs an affordable steam locomotive to attract modelers that are turned-off by the high cost of brass models.

President's Message

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1988 #1 March
Page:
4
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Scale:
S
Description:
Is critiquing a brass model in a public forum a good idea before consulting with the manufacturer first?

President's Message

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1989 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Scale:
S
Description:
Why has S-scale not grown at the rate the N-scale and G-gauge has done since their introduction?

Procrastination

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-08
Page:
14
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
How to handle it, and how to overcome it by pushing projects along just a little at a time.

Publisher's Musings

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
6
Author:
Joe Fugate
Description:
The author speculates on what he would do differently if he were starting a new layout.

Respect Through Knowledge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1998-02/03
Page:
15
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
So, why doesn't model railroading receive the same level of respect as other pastimes?

S in the Future

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2015 #1 January
Page:
22
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
After briefly reviewing the history of S, the author proposes that we latch onto Lionel and MTH as the main drivers for the future of S-scale modeling.

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #2 April
Page:
12
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:
Sam has come to the conclusion that we tend to criticize our own and even others' layouts. This article reminds us that this is just a hobby and that model railroads are because we enjoy the act of creating and enjoying the results.

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #6 December
Page:
24
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:
Stress is a killer, and model railroading, in moderation, can be the cure, or so the author proposes.

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #1 February
Page:
22
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:
Keeping notes about your layout in a three-ring binder, even if some information is stored in a computer program, because you can bring a notebook with you when visiting friends. Keeping information such as the background story, track plans, prototype info, operating scheme, etc.

Sage Advice

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-02
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob provides lots of tips and suggestions.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-05/06
Page:
14
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
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 2011-11/12
Page:
10
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
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.

Size is the Key

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2017 #4 July
Page:
14
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
It is the size of S- and O-scale equipment that attracted the author to S-scale.

Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #6 December
Page:
22
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Is Sn3 able to compete with the other scales' narrow-gauges? The author describes what happened with Bachmann introducing their On30 product line.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #1 February
Page:
28
Author:
David Heine
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
After explaining what Sn3 is, the author describes the benefits of Sn3 over HOn3.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #2 April
Page:
28
Author:
David Heine
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
This is a product review for the Berlyn Locomotive Works Sn3 car kit, a C&S Type II box car. Includes a photo. Part of the article got chopped off during editing of the magazine; the text is included in the next issue's column.

The Great Layouts

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-10
Page:
14
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
What makes a layout "great"?

The Last Stop

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-11/12
Page:
51
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author was asked to predict the future of S-scale.

The Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2004 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
David Heine
Scale:
S
Description:
The author makes an argument for why one might want to model in narrow gauge.

What I'd Like to Have in S

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-01/02
Page:
9
Author:
Greg Hurd
Scale:
S
Description:
The author has a large model train collection, as well as a large AF layout. However, there are still things he would like to see manufactured, so he shares his thoughts on that subject.

Where's the Leading Edge?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
147
Author:
Tony Koester
Description:
Of what would a layout consist to be considered to be on the leading edge of model railroad philosophy?

Which Comes First?

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2017 #5 September
Page:
6
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:
Are we are railfan first or a model railroader? The author shares his life's experiences.

You Can Do It!

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2017-03
Page:
26
Author:
William Graham
Description:
Learning how to go beyond our comfort zones to grow our skillset.