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 Volume 38, Number 2, April 2014
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.

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.

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 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 Volume 30, Number 6, December 2006
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 Volume 34, Number 5, October 2010
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 Volume 36, Number 6, December 2012
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 Volume 37, Number 3, June 2013
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 Volume 38, Number 1, February 2014
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 Volume 11, Number 1, March 1988
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 Volume 12, Number 2, April 1989
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 Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 2, April 2009
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 Volume 33, Number 6, December 2009
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 Volume 34, Number 2, February 2010
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.

Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 6, December 2010
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 Great Layouts

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

The Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 28, Number 6, December 2004
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?