My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Scenery - People & Animals

"S" is for Scarecrow

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-09
Page:
73
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Description:
Using an S-scale figure, the author makes a scarecrow for his O-scale field. After surgery, the figure receives wig hair to simulate straw.

August 15, 1945... President Truman Has Just Announced... The War is Over!

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-08
Page:
23
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
Using a 1:35 scale figure to model a town's statue dedicated to the war heroes of WWII.

Buck the Trend: Build a Fence with Style

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-02
Page:
85
Author:
Charles Montgomery
Description:
How to build a buck fence. Includes prototype and model photos.

Camping and Music

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
57
Author:
Patricia & Burton Maxwell
Description:
Using the parts from a musical birthday card, the author describes how to make a camping scene that includes music.

Custom-made Figures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-11
Page:
113
Author:
Marty Vaughn
Description:
The author uses acrylic paint and water putty to build up layers of the body shape on wire armatures to build figures in various scales. He also provides information about to finish them.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 2, Spring 1985
Page:
6
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Scale:
S
Description:
S-scale doesn't have many figures (at the time of this writing) and especially missing are children.

Distinctive People Make the Difference

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-12
Page:
136
Authors:
Harry Bonham & Dick Shapiro
Description:
This article covers how to properly place figures, how to modify them so that they take a more unique pose, and how to paint and weather them.

Figure Painting

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
52
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how to paint unpainted Preiser figures. Paint and colors are discussed, as well as how to paint facial details.

Hoboes and the Rails

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-08
Page:
36
Author:
Dave Jacobs

Holsteins and Heavy Freight

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
76
Author:
Matt Bushong
Scale:
O
Description:
A fictional story about a small scene at an SP siding, with several close-up photos.

Making People Unique

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
115
Author:
Lionel Strang
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he takes the common Preiser figures and makes them more Americanized, changes their limbs, and paints them to look different.

Modeling a Camp Fire

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-03
Page:
88
Author:
D. Derek Verner
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a painted turntable, through which light shines and is reflected above in the scene that simulates a camp fire.

Modeling the People

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-09/10
Page:
46
Scale:
N
Description:
Painting tips and tricks for painting N-scale figures.

Modifying and Painting Figures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-12
Page:
70
Author:
Sam Swanson
Description:
The article covers modifying the plastic bodies to get them to do something other than the manufacturers' normal behavior. It also includes information about adding such details as hands, newspapers, rags in back pocket, etc. Finally, painting and what-not-to-do to figures completes the article. Includes a list of all the manufacturers making figures in HO, N, Z, O, and S scale.

Open House at Fletcher's Field

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
66
Author:
Brian F. Reynolds
Scale:
N
Description:
Building a diorama scene of a RC airfield.

Painting and Improving Scale Figures

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-08
Page:
45
Author:
Don Weixl
Description:
This article describes how to realistically paint figures and how to improve factory-painted figures, including animals.

Painting Scale Figures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-09
Page:
69
Author:
George Konrad
Description:
The author describes how Cindy Brown, a professional artist, goes about painting O-scale figures. Discussed are the tools and paints, and then the various techniques for each part of a figure.

Painting Your Way to Better Figures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-10
Page:
112
Author:
Kevin Goodrich
Description:
The author provides some tips for positioning and painting figures.

Personalize Your People

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-12
Page:
78
Author:
Russell M. Griffin
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author suggests that we should spend some extra time on our figures to make them be positioned in a pose other than the way the manufacturer produced them, and painted in a different style. European figures can be Americanized. Lots of tips on how to do these, as well as a good number of photos of examples.

Plastic Surgery for Plastic People

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-07
Page:
57
Author:
Bill Goggin
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes the ways he modifies figures to fit the scenes.

S Lore

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 4, August 1991
Page:
8
Author:
Dan Waskes
Scale:
S
Description:
Modeling an S-scale rattlesnake!

The Color of Flesh

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1996-04
Page:
14
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
Just what is the color of "flesh"?

The Scenery Clinic Pt. XXI

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-03
Page:
60
Authors:
Paul Scoles & Walter Appel
Description:
In this final installment of this series of articles, the authors describe how they add details to complete a scene.

Weathering Figures

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
70
Author:
Scott Seekins
Scale:
N
Description:
Painting and weathering people and animals.