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"Scratchbuilding" Products

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-01
Page:
92
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes the various parts that go into scratchbuilding a model, such as wood and styrene strips and sheets, as well as detailing parts that don't need to be scratchbuilt. Includes many photos of the author's layout showing scratchbuilt models.

Added Strength

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-07
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Various tips and techniques for making structures stronger to live longer.

Anglin' for a Roof

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-09
Page:
69
Author:
Chuck Diljak
Description:
The authors shows how he calculated and then made a six-panel roof.

Back to Simple

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-11
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Evaluating the complexity of a project, purposely choosing a simple project, or making a project simple can yield a lot of dividends for the layout without it taking a long time to complete.

Background Building

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-06
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
On3
Description:
Building a background structure from foamboard and printed textured brick paper.

Bar Mills 1-Kit

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-07
Page:
24
Author:
Gary Hoover
Description:
Using the kit to create buildings and car sides.

Beyond Just Glue

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-06
Page:
66
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Some joints require reinforcements beyond what glue can provide. Includes many tips and tricks and several photos of same.

Board by Board

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-06
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author shares his thoughts on when board-by-board scratchbuilding should be used, how to simulate peeling paint, and provides tips on how to put the building together.

Bracing and Support

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-04
Page:
60
Author:
Greg Condon
Description:
Ideas for bracing the internals of a building, how to protect certain materials from warping, how to do bracing differently based on the scale modeled, and even using a solid block of wood to model outhouses.

Casting Your Own Detail Parts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-09
Page:
96
Author:
Lee Vande Visse
Description:
Step-by-step instructions on how to cast parts using RTV silicone rubber.

Challenges

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-04
Page:
50
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
How do you tackle a huge, complex, or intimidating scratchbuilding project? One bite at a time! The author describes various large projects he started, facing his initial fears.

Corrugated Siding by the Ton

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
80
Author:
Jim Wild
Description:
The author describes how he makes large quantities of economical corrugated sheet metal using Evergreen Scale Models' sheet styrene as the template for the shaped aluminum foil. The article also covers painting and weathering the aluminum foil.

Creating Building Signs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-10
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob discusses the various modeling scales he has used and why, explains the HO-scale layout he has added, and coming up with and producing creative building signs.

Creative Stonework Methods

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-06
Page:
84
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Making masters, and casting walls for masonry buildings.

Detailing Structures: Five Simple One-evening Projects

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-06
Page:
55
Author:
Don Spiro
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to add gutters and downspouts, electrical hook-up, indoor plumbing, flashing, and ice dams.

Details, Again

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-01
Page:
76
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob's history as a detail manufacturer, balancing between buying and making your own details, and how details bring a scene to life.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 06, Number 3, Summer 1983
Page:
5
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Scale:
S
Description:
Building a small hand pump for a water well from scratch. An isometric drawing for three different types are shown in the article.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 07, Number 3, Summer 1984
Page:
3
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Scale:
S
Description:
How to build a three-raised-panel door with a two-pane window.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 07, Number 4, Fall 1984
Page:
6
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Scale:
S
Description:
Suggestions of several small additions that can be made to an existing structure or kit that make them unique or more interesting.

Distress

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-03
Page:
64
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Using various tools to distress wood to give structures that aged and weather-beaten look.

Doors

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-01
Page:
74
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes how to model various doors, some of which may have to be built from scratch.

Foundations, Bases, and Footprints

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-08
Page:
56
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes various materials that can be used to make building foundations. Footprints are important, especially when the structure is to set close to the track.

From the Scrap Box

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-09
Page:
70
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author talks about organizing leftover scraps, knowing when to throw a scrap piece away, using scrap to "super-detail" a scene, and using a blender to make scrap look unrecognizable for use in scenes.

High-tech Scratchbuilding

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-09
Page:
54
Author:
Pelle Soeborg
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes an example of how he used a computer-controlled milling machine to cut the parts he needed to build a Denny's restaurant.

Home Improvements

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-07
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author discusses how models you built a while back may not look right anymore. Either your skills have improved or they are not the right size. He suggests not throwing the models away, but rather built them into a new structure, or moving them to the back of the layout.

Interiors - Philosophy and Practice

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-11
Page:
70
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author shares his views on when and when not to detail the interior of buildings, and how he creates some of the interior details he has used.

Ladders and Stairs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-11
Page:
94
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes the construction materials and jigs he uses to make ladders and stairs.

Making Brass Railings

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2008-01
Page:
12
Author:
Brian Curry
Scale:
N
Description:
The author shows how he makes railings (for really any use) using brass wire, a jig, and a soldering iron.

Making Stone Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-02
Page:
74
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
How to make a wall master and then casting a number of them for structures.

Mass Production

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-09
Page:
76
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author shares his experience when it is time to build a lot of identical items or parts.

Material Choices

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-05
Page:
64
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author talks about the different dominant materials we can use in our scratchbuilding projects, which materials to use to simulate certain prototype materials, and a bit about how to cut window openings.

Metal Working III

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-08
Page:
56
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The metal working series continues with this installment that covers drilling and tapping.

Metal Working IV

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-09
Page:
58
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
This installment covers using a lathe to mill metal.

Metal Working Pt II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
52
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob continues his article on how to do metal working, covering filing and soldering.

Metal Working Pt. I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-06
Page:
62
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The basic about how to work with metal and some of the tools required.

Mock-ups

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-06
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author uses mock-up buildings made out of foam board to represent buildings that are yet to be scratchbuilt.

Modeling Building Roofs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-01
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob describes various roofing types and how he models them.

Modeling Corrugated Metal

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-07
Page:
54
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
The author describes how he makes corrugated metal and applies it to a structure.

More About Plaster

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-01
Page:
64
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author is learning how to cast structures in plaster, and this month's experience includes building a masonry building. The finished model is beautiful.

More About Roofs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-02
Page:
86
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author discusses what kind of interior bracing he uses on which conditions for roofs, and how he models standing seam metal roofing.

More on Roofs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
74
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob describes various roofing techniques and how he builds the foundation of his model roofs. It follows up on his February, 2005 column on roofs.

More On Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-01
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
How you build your structure's walls depends on whether or not their interior will be visible. Includes a discussion on how to strategically light the interior of the building.

More on Wood

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-06
Page:
59
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author shares his views on storing strip wood, using glues, and provides construction tips (staining and cutting).

Notes for a New Scratchbuilder

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-07/10
Page:
78
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes how one can build a storage shed from scratch in under 5 hours of modeling time.

Nut-Bolt-Washers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-07
Page:
57
Author:
Jeff Johnston
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article covers how to better install the NBW castings.

Of An Evening

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-10
Page:
84
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Using your time, even small increments, to get some small modeling projects done around the layout. Try to set some time aside each week. Includes a number of photos of small things the author added to his layout that didn't take but an evening's worth of time.

Old Decals

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-02/03
Page:
35
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Scale:
S
Description:
The author letters a River Raisin PRR X33 for a Detroit Toledo & Ironton box car, which used the same design as the PRR's box car. He also shows a Northern Pacific 40-foot box car, using the RR PRR X31 box car. Both of these were lettered using leftover decals from other projects.

One Day (Really?)

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-01
Page:
60
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author covers the idea of building a small structure from scratch in one day. The building in question is an S-scale small storage shed.

One Person's Junk... Another's Treasure

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-08
Page:
97
Author:
Lenn Amrhein
Description:
The author shares his ideas for salvaging detailing parts from old pens, straws, toothpicks, plastic bottles and their caps, etc. Article includes many photos of these common household items re-purposed into layout details.

Out of the Fringes

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-11
Page:
79
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob discusses what could be considered the fringes of our model railroading hobby.

Paper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Using paper for scratchbuilding. There is commercial paper, and the author also discusses how to take photos of prototype structure walls, print them, and apply them to your scratchbuilt structure.

Philosophy, Small Bridges, and Culverts

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-05
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob covers his recent interview with "The Model Railway Show" podcast, and covers how to get started in scratchbuilding, and then continues with how to scratchbuild small bridges and culverts.

Photo-modeling

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-02
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Using photos of prototype buildings or structures on the layout, the author describes how he photographs and prints walls to be glued to structures. This is great for back-of-the-layout type of structures.

Prove It, Bob!

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-11
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
S
Description:
Bob's wife challenges him to build a structure in an evening, based on his column from the previous month (he built a supply shed-type of building in 236 minutes).

Realistic Model Window "Glass"

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
106
Author:
Thomas D. Dressler
Description:
Using Micro Scale's Kristal-Klear to mimic glass in engines and structures.

Scale Drawings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-04
Page:
86
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author discusses how to convert scale drawings in a scale other than the one you are modeling into the scale you are modeling. Conversion factors are listed.

Scale Scene

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

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2008-03/04
Page:
12
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
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 2010-01/02
Page:
14
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
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.

Scratch Building

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 07, Number 2, Spring 1984
Page:
4
Author:
Phil Hodges
Description:
This article is about scratchbuilding and why one should try, but the article appears to have been cut-off somewhere in the middle, and ends mid-sentence, so it is not complete.

Scratchbuilding 1" Scale Diorama Models

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-10
Page:
88
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Description:
The author describes what it took to build a museum diorama in 1:12 scale. The diorama shows the interior of a railroad shop in the middle of constructing a reefer.

Scratchbuilding Stone Structures

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-09
Page:
56
Author:
Greg Condon
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author used Chooch Enterprises flexible retaining wall sections glued to styrene sheet to form the walls of the buildings.

Scratchbuilding Ward's Sawmill Part 3A

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2003-04
Page:
28
Author:
Sam Swanson
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the construction of the woodworking shop, which houses the turbines, drive pulleys, and belts and shafts that power the bandmill equipment and the woodworking shop machinery.

Scratchbuilding with Monster Model Works Etched Wood Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-04
Page:
132
Author:
David Karkoski
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment the roof and additional details are modeled.

Sharpies Work Best After a Flat Finish

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
30
Author:
Paul Schmidt
Description:
Using Sharpies pens.

Simple Beginnings

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-09/10
Page:
46
Author:
Wade Venden
Scale:
N
Description:
How to begin in scratchbuilding structures.

Smaller is Easier

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-12
Page:
67
Author:
Rene Gourley
Description:
Describes how to make accurate miter cuts for such things as window trim and roof trim.

Some Thoughts on Scratchbuilding

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-03
Page:
58
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob describes his experience learning to build from scratch starting in 1956.

Something From Nothing

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-12
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Using the scrap box to build models, the author describes how he built a simple shed.

Stone & Masonry

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-05
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author shares various techniques he has used for modeling a brick or masonry foundation or structure using molds he made.

Stonework Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-06
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author provides tips on how he models stonework, especially dealing with issues related to the corners in structures.

Strange Ideas

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-04
Page:
92
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob shares his ideas of using cigarette ashes for weathering structures, staining wood with old coffee, and using an old blender to make scenery base material from left-over, non-metal scrap materials.

Taking Notes, Keeping Track

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
60
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author makes a case for keeping track of notes and time spent on scratchbuilding projects. This would then make it easier to guesstimate your next project.

The Advantages of Glass

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-01
Page:
84
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Description:
The article describes how to use microscope glass to model real glass in structures and equipment.

Things to Do Before Supper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-10
Page:
86
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes various small things he does before he is called to the dinner table.

Unlike Rome: Built in a Day

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2017-06
Page:
22
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Covering a variety of scales and a variety of project, the author covers things that can be built in 8 hours or less.

Up On The Roof

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-05
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt and details building roofs.

Weekend Projects

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-08
Page:
74
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
S
Description:
The author takes on the challenge of scratchbuilding a structure for his Sn3 layout over the weekend.

What You'll Need to Scratchbuild

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-01
Page:
66
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Review of a large collection of handy tools for doing scratchbuilding work.

Window and Door Screens in HO Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
76
Author:
Ken Patterson
Scale:
HO
Description:
This brief article with plenty of construction photos shows how to use silk-screen to simulate window and door screens.

Windows

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-02
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author shows how to scratchbuild windows, including a simple jig he uses to ensure that multiple windows are the same size.

Working with Plaster Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-12
Page:
95
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
This introductory article covers the various types of plasters available, how to create your own molds, and how to cast with plaster.

Working with Styrene

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-09
Page:
68
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
After describing what styrene is and how it is used in making model railroading models and parts, the author describes how he works with the material to make scratchbuilt models.

Working with Wood

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
76
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The article discusses when it is best to use strip wood and when sheet wood is better for models.