My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Scenery - Streets

Blacktop Roads

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
60
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Description:
The author uses sandpaper as the foundation for blacktop roads. Includes step-by-step photos, building complex road systems, lines, and installation.

Concrete Bag Retaining Walls

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-02/03
Page:
38
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Description:
The author provides two photos where a small retaining wall was made out of bags of concrete.

Creating Realistic Roads

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2004-03/04
Page:
45
Author:
John Socha-Leialoha
Scale:
N
Description:
Making scale roads using styrene or joint compound, and then painting and striping them.

Creating Realistic Roads

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-03/04
Page:
66
Author:
Ken Patterson
Scale:
N
Description:
Using plexiglass to make realistic-looking roads. Includes tips on how to weather the road surface.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 07, Number 1, Winter 1984
Page:
8
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Scale:
S
Description:
Adding small signs to your layout that indicate local names that non-railroading visitors may recognize when they come to visit.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 2, Spring 1986
Page:
23
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Description:
Ideas for things to model that still remain from days-gone-by, such as hitching posts, abandoned rail in the street, old building foundations, etc.

Easy Highway Striping with an Airbrush

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2010-11/12
Page:
58
Author:
Charlie Comstock
Scale:
HO
Description:
Charlie shows step-by-step how he creates solid yellow center stripes for roads. He also shows that a template can be used to make dashed lines.

Grade Crossings

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
44
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Modeling modern rubber and older wood crossings. Complete installation photos.

Highway Billboards from the 1930s and 40s

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-08
Author:
Stanley Reynolds
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article describes how to build these large signs, and includes scaled drawings as well as sample signs for Ford and Esso in the various modeling scales.

Maintenance Road

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
26
Author:
John Gerdes
Scale:
N
Description:
The author shows how he built a dirt road into existing mountain scenery without doing too much damage to the layout.

Modeling City Alleyways

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-12
Page:
38
Author:
Richard Bradley
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he modeled an alleyway at the backs of businesses. Also covers making the street surface, adding foundations to existing buildings, and making electricity poles with wiring. Includes many photos and a parts list. There is also a sidebar on how to make street lamp shades.

Modeling Old-time Dirt Roads

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-11
Page:
81
Author:
Harold Minkwitz
Description:
Before the automobile replaced the horse and wagon, most roads were dirt, and due to the pounding of horses' hooves and the narrow wagon wheels, they had a different look, which the author describes how he models them.

Modeling Streets and Roads Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-06
Page:
27
Author:
Doug Geiger
Description:
Using sand paper to model gravel roads.

Modeling Streets and Roads Part 3A

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-07
Page:
48
Author:
Doug Geiger
Description:
Asphalt.

Modeling Streets and Roads Part 3B

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-08
Page:
28
Author:
Doug Geiger
Description:
Asphalt using Route 66's HO and N scale paper roads.

Modeling Streets and Roads Part 4A

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-09
Page:
30
Author:
Doug Geiger
Description:
How to model concrete streets.

Modeling Streets and Roads Part 4C

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-11
Page:
42
Author:
Doug Geiger
Description:
Concrete roads. Simulate the real world by pouring hydrocal. Use similar construction techniques. Shows how to create cracks in the concrete and highlight them with india ink. Also shows how to paint white strips down the middle of the road.

Modeling Streets and Roads - Concrete Part 4B

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-10
Page:
38
Author:
Doug Geiger
Description:
Model construction, and prototype photos.

Modeling the Holiday Season

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-12
Page:
60
Author:
Debie Baker-Snell
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author presents the various solutions her and her husband have found to temporarily decorate their HO-scale layout for the Christmas holidays. Ideas include wreaths, garland, blow-up yard decorations, street light decorations, a lit Christmas tree, hanging signs, town square display, and figures.

More Lore...

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 3, June 1993
Page:
27
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
Modeling trash around the streets and tracks.

Pathways to Detail

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-05
Page:
104
Author:
John Nehrich
Description:
The author takes a close look at street sidewalks, and how we can model them with extra details such as cracks, slopes, gutters, repair patches, weeds in the cracks, etc.

Paving the Town

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-02
Page:
66
Author:
Robert Smaus
Description:
The author shares his techniques for creating more realistic roads, such as using brick gutters, modeling track in the streets, making sidewalk freight elevators, and creating manhole covers.

Prefabricated Streets

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
26
Author:
Charles Moslander
Scale:
N
Description:
Using mat board to simulate streets and sidewalks, including manholes, curbs, and parking spots.

Protect That Intersection

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2000-11/12
Page:
24
Author:
Jeff Scherb
Scale:
HO
Description:
Adding animated lights via street traffic signals. The author uses LEDs to create HO-scale single-head, two-head, and overhead traffic lights. Construction and final product photos are included. Also covered is the construction of the electronic circuit that drives the traffic lights (both home-made and ready-made circuit boards and parts are discussed, including parts lists), how to power the circuit, and wiring the traffic lights.

S-curves

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-12
Page:
97
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author lists various companies that make S-scale details for enhancing street and right-of-way scenes.

Scale-changed Gas Light

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1981-08
Page:
56
Author:
Bill Schaumburg
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he converted an HO-scale lamp for his O-scale layout, and how a similar change could be made for modeling one in S-scale.

Taking it to the Streets

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
88
Author:
Michael Tylick
Scale:
O
Description:
Adding details to roadways, including cracks, a construction site, and junk.

The Scenery Clinic XVIII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-12
Page:
46
Author:
Paul Scoles, Walt Appel
Description:
The authors show how they created structure foundations, roads, and parking lots using anchor bolt cement, including "burying" rails in concrete.

Trash and Garbage

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-04
Page:
86
Author:
James A. Foster
Description:
The author describes how he models refuse.