My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Structures

A Building for a Century

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
80
Author:
Will Jacobs
Scale:
N
Description:
An unusual article about how to move a building through 100 years of use and disuse, and how to model that.

A Northeastern Corner

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
85
Author:
Ron Foreman
Scale:
HO
Description:
The structure of a street corner shop came from three kits. The article includes diagrams of the major parts donors, and the dimensions of the final structure.

A Tar Paper Shack For Your Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1992-05
Page:
104
Author:
Bill Morrissey
Scale:
HO
Description:
A simple scratchbuilding project for beginners. Scale diagrams and final photos of the project are included.

A Trio of Structure Details

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-12
Page:
98
Author:
Michael Tylick
Scale:
O
Description:
Vacant building that has "for rent" soaped into the windows. Clothes hanging on a line. Exterior hanging plants.

Add Variety with Stucco

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-08
Page:
97
Author:
Tom Bell
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shares his technique for simulating a stucco wall texture, with some brick showing through.

Atlas O Scale Control/Signal Tower Conversion to S Scale

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 6, December 2009
Page:
21
Author:
Bill Fraley
Scale:
S
Description:
Despite the kit definitely being intended for O-scale, the author still managed to make it into a reasonable model for S.

Background Buildings, Flats and Philosophy

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
98
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author presents many ideas about how to make thin background buildings look more three-dimensional. He also discusses forced perspective.

Basic Techniques for Painting and Finishing Structures

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-07
Page:
36
Author:
Sam Swanson
Description:
Styrene surface preparation and priming, finishing white styrene to look like wood, base-coating plastic structures, staining wood, finishing wood structures, painting metal, finishing metal structures, painting and detailing structure exteriors, handles and hinges, base basics, detailing bases, scenery and junk-filled bases, and figures.

Basics of Kitbashing Plastic Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
44
Author:
David Popp
Description:
Step-by-step instructions on kitbashing a structures. Subtopics are: Surveying the site, cleaning and cutting walls, assembling walls, roof and painting, roof details, and final details.

Bike Shop - Post Office

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 1, February 2009
Page:
10
Author:
Gerry Evans
Scale:
S
Description:
Using a Banta Modelworks kit that is no longer available, the author shows how he builds hydrocal structures. The article covers walls, brick, concrete, stonework, decals, windows, and doors.

Bricks and Masonry

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-10
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Practical modeling ideas for brick buildings.

Broadway Posters for Your Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-01
Page:
120
Author:
Clarke Dunham
Description:
This page contains sample posters used on passenger station platforms advertising the latest Broadway show.

Build Great-looking Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
70
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
The author shows his construction techniques as he builds a track-side warehouse.

Building the Ellisville Elevator

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
56
Author:
John Adams
Scale:
O
Description:
In this installment the author actually builds the model. Construction photos accompany the article. There are also scale drawings included, as well as a sidebar on the inner workings of a grain elevator.

Canadian Pacific Railway Number 1 Oil House

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
27
Author:
Patrick Lawson
Scale:
N
Description:
N-scale drawings of an oil house.

Cardstock and Strathmore

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-10
Page:
68
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Making buildings out of these two materials.

Conquering Insulbrick

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
54
Author:
Don Spiro
Scale:
HO
Description:
Modeling the pre-WWII asphalt sheets of faux-brick siding that was used on frame houses in the Northeast and Midwest. The article includes prototype and modeling photos.

Delaware, New Jersey

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-12
Page:
78
Author:
William T. Greenberg, Jr.
Description:
The text covers the history of this town and is accompanied by many old photos of the station, overhead view, and a scale drawing of the station and the trackplan of the area. Also includes photos of DL&W and PRR trains in the area.

Detailing Rooftops

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
68
Author:
Clayton Barry
Scale:
N
Description:
Many photos of ideas for rooftop accessories to structures.

Details, Details, Details

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1987
Page:
6
Author:
Lewis Renning, Jr.
Description:
Ideas for giving the impression that a building's interior is detailed.

Doors, Windows, and Details

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-08
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Scratchbuilding supplies for scale doors and windows. Includes several nice finished models.

Drop-in Street Scenes

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
56
Author:
Edmund Schultz
Scale:
N
Description:
Creating small street scenes on a piece of styrofoam insulation so that it can be easily dropped into a layout.

Elevate for Visual Variety

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
101
Author:
Keith Eck
Description:
By simply placing a structure on a piece of plywood and filling the surrounding area with scenery we can avoid the flat ping-pong table look on our layouts.

Five Businesses for Strong

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-03
Page:
48
Author:
Robert Bennett
Scale:
On30
Description:
The author describes five businesses for his On30 South China & Sheepscot layout. They include a general store, a gas station, a garage, a fast-food place, and a post office. Prototype and model photos are included.

Forced Perspective

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
114
Author:
Earl Smallshaw
Description:
Forced perspective can be created by building smaller-than-scale structures and trees.

Foundations and Bases

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-12
Page:
59
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Making foundations and bases for structures, such as gluing structures to a mini base, which is later integrated into the layout, or leaving the bottom open for speakers, interior lighting. The author describes several methods he has used for building foundations.

From The Beginning

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-12
Page:
66
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The article covers the author's opinion of why we should consider scratchbuilding.

Front of the Layout Vignettes No.22

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-06
Page:
69
Author:
David Lambert
Description:
This installment covers the second part of ice and the railroads, specifically artificial ice.

Ice Cream: A Can, a Bottle, and a Bucket

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-09
Page:
68
Author:
Preston Cook
Description:
How to model structures from the 1930s and 1940s whose shape matched the kinds of items they sold, such as an ice cream stand that looked like a milk can. Several prototype photos are included.

Innovative Diorama

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
44
Author:
Tim Anderson
Scale:
N
Description:
Shows the incredible detail of a rear-building loading dock, with a single LED lighting the entire area. The author has a company called Ngineering.

Insurance Mills

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-10
Page:
78
Author:
Vic Roseman
Scale:
HO
Description:
Prototype and model photos. Using a Walthers Front St. Warehouse as a starting point. Slow burning or mill construction drawings ca. 1908.

It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
40
Author:
Gerry Leone
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author cut City Classics three-pack house kits in half to create 6 homes. He added different touches to each house, including a complete backyard for each.

Kitbashing a Mill Owner's Mansion

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-12
Page:
73
Author:
John Glaab
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author disassembled an N-scale model of the White House and converted into a HO-scale mansion.

Kitbashing Four O Scale City Buildings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
89
Author:
Robert Ottosen
Scale:
O
Description:
Taking four identical kits and transforming them into unique buildings.

L-aborating On The Farmhouse

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-07
Page:
62
Author:
John Nehrich
Scale:
HO
Description:
Adding lots of details to the classic AHM/Revell farmhouse. Two kits are required to create the model build by the author.

Large Projects

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-02
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Dealing with building those very large structures on your railroad, such as roundhouses, large passenger stations, or long trestle bridges.

Large Projects Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-03
Page:
70
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
This installment covers how the authored dealt with building a large 32" by 48" stamp mill complex for his layout.

Letterbashing

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-10
Page:
45
Author:
Bill Gill
Description:
Using computer graphics software, the author created letters for his structure that needed their own custom spacing and had to fit within the structure's design elements. Also covers small shop signs, factory signs, and dealing with specific letters.

Lighting and Interiors

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-07
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Building interior details of structures or cabooses is a waste of time if the viewer can't see them, or if it requires you removing the roof so that the viewer can admire the details. He describes his viewpoint of either building contest models (where roofs can be removed) or building model for the layout, where interior details only matter if they can be seen (e.g. via interior lighting).

Lighting for Realism

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
110
Author:
Gregory H. Heier
Description:
Al Kubicka's HO-scale layout was designed to allow for both day-time and night-time operation. The article describes how he prepared the layout room, and how he does the street and structure lights. Includes lots of tips and tricks for bringing realism into the layout with lighting.

Make Your Own Shingles

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
106
Author:
Bob Mitchell
Scale:
HO
Description:
Create diamond pattern shingles gummed paper.

Making Brickpaper with Colored Pencils

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
105
Author:
Paul Zimmerman
Description:
Quickly create brick paper by placing a sheet of paper on a piece of plastic brick and rubbing a colored pencil over it to leave an impression of the brick.

Making Joints

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-04
Page:
70
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
This column is a follow-up to the June 2005 column about how to make successful joints in structures, in which the author describes additional thoughts about how to construct walls, trestle bents, and some of the tools he uses.

Measuring Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-10
Page:
106
Author:
Richard L. Worcester
Description:
The author, an architect, describes various methods for how to measure prototype buildings.

Mocking up a Scene

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
141
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
Using cardboard to build the rough shapes of structures to see if they will fit on the layout. It is easier and cheaper to modify them before spending time building the final building.

Modeling a Water Crane

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
62
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Scale:
On2
Description:
A simple project of a watering crane used on the two-foot gauge Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes in Kingsfield, Maine. Period prototype photos are included, as well as scale drawings, and completed model photos.

Modeling Board-and-Batten Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2006-02
Page:
22
Author:
Sam Swanson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Creating homes and a church using either basswood or styrene. Detailed instructions, many photos, and a scale diagram for the church.

Modeling Ridge Shingles

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-02
Page:
80
Author:
Jack Burgess
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows and describes how to use automotive putty to model ridge shingles on the roof line.

Modeling Stone Walls

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
92
Author:
Ron Morse
Description:
Creating and casting a stone wall for houses or retaining walls. Explains how to do curved walls.

Modifying Doors and Windows

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-09
Page:
70
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes various means for modifying commercially-available door and window parts.

Multi-Purpose Shed

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
38
Author:
Charles Moslander
Scale:
N
Description:
Instructions, photo, and drawings of a generic shed building.

Oiler's Ready-Mix & Building Supply

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
64
Author:
John Gerdes
Scale:
N
Description:
The article describes not so much how to build the buildings, but how to make space for them in already established scenery. Includes many photos.

Painted On Signs - Revisited

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-01
Page:
40
Author:
James A. Powell
Description:
Using onionskin (a very thin paper) to make signs for buildings.

Painting Signs on Buildings

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
93
Author:
Lee Vande Visse
Description:
Painting a drop shadow on stenciled signs to give buildings a vintage look.

Plans from Pictures

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-05
Page:
70
Author:
James Tangney
Description:
Geometry is explained to build scale drawings from photographs knowing the heights/widths of some of the items in the photograph.

Plastic Kit Basics

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-10
Page:
82
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Description:
The basics of how to build a plastic kit

Product Review Double Feature

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 5, October 2009
Page:
20
Author:
Gerry Evans
Scale:
S
Description:
Gerry reviews the NASG Brick Building and the Smoky Mountain Model Works GE 77-tonner engine. Both are new kits.

Published Photo To Model

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
47
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
The author shows how he built a model of the general store at Nella, North Carolina.

Really Obvious Tips

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
34
Author:
Joe Giannovario
Description:
Printing a scale drawing to make sure the structure fits.

Rear Walls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-02
Page:
74
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Showing the rear wall of structures presents a different opportunity for modeling.

Rooftops - The Wasted Space

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-09
Page:
38
Author:
Geno Sharp
Scale:
HO
Description:
Adding details to the roofs of buildings.

Sagging Roofs the Easy Way

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-09
Page:
72
Author:
Charles Montgomery
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this article the author describes how he models a sagging roof, how to show protruding rafters, how to do tar paper roofing, and how to model metal walls for a lean-to.

Scratchbuilding in Another Scale

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-09
Page:
58
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author discusses occasionally building something in another scale to not only keep your interests high in the hobby, but also to gain a different perspective and learn some new techniques.

Signs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-11
Page:
86
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author discusses various ways we can make signs for our structures, including using a digital camera.

Simple Kitbashing

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-12
Page:
23
Author:
V.S. Roseman
Description:
The article covers a couple of simple techniques to apply to commercial kits to make structures look different, such as painting, leaving off certain parts, renaming, or adding parts from other kits.

Simplifying Hip Roofs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-05
Page:
52
Author:
John Nehrich
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he makes hip roofs.

Some Structures for the Gold Hill Central Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-04
Page:
96
Author:
Art Curren
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment describes the various structures built for the 5' by 8' layout. Most were kitbashed and so the article includes diagrams of how various parts were combined to create the unique structures shown in the photos.

Some Tips for Detailing Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
97
Author:
Art Curren
Scale:
HO
Description:
Not really a separate article as such, but it deserves attention. This article gives lots of tips and techniques about detailing, painting, and weathering DMP structures.

Structures as Background Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-04
Page:
99
Author:
Dave Frary
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using N-scale structures in the background of an HO-scale layout creates a forced perspective.

Structures on the D&S

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-10
Page:
46
Author:
Jim Paine
Scale:
HO
Description:
Several structures on the author's layout are featured because of how he modified kits to make them unique.

Styrene as Weathered Wood

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-07
Page:
66
Author:
Harold Minkwitz
Description:
This article describes in detail how the author makes white styrene look like aged wood. The finished product looks amazingly real.

Styrene Tips

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
112
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
Tips and tools needed for styrene construction.

The "Blue Plate Special"

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
48
Author:
Dave Lustig
Description:
Independent roadside eateries.

The Back Side of Buildings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-07
Page:
48
Author:
Robert D. Turner
Description:
Photos of the back side of buildings that reveal severe weathering and older industrial structures.

The Cheltenham Granary

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-01
Page:
55
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he modeled a granary that used stone walls for the lower half and exposed cribbed wood walls for the upper half. Includes a sidebar on crib joints are made. Includes many construction photos.

The Eastwyck & Fensterstock Construction Co.

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
95
Author:
Edward C. Steinberg
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a structure and diorama because of his interest in construction equipment.

The Houses of El Dorado

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
30
Author:
John Hawkins
Description:
Simple, inexpensive, yet elegant homes of railroad employees and their families on sloped terrain.

The N Scale Burlington Northern Part 5

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
86
Author:
Ed Hammer
Scale:
N
Description:
Description of the structures used on this layout, with emphasis paid on a feed mill, modern plant, an Inn, a bar, and a 3M plant.

The Recycled Theater

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
70
Author:
Frank Cicero
Scale:
HO
Description:
Modeling a contemporary CVS Pharmacy store in a building that used to be a movie theater. The articles includes N-scale drawings of the building which was completely scratchbuilt from styrene.

The Tank at Pepito Tey

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-07
Page:
56
Author:
Thomas A. Yorke
Scale:
On3
Description:
A water tank in Cuba. The article contains model photos and a detailed drawing of the parts.

Thinking Outside the Blocks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-09
Page:
56
Author:
Bill Gill
Description:
The author describes how he uses Lego® building blocks to construct inner foundations for structures, as temporary stand-ins for to-be-built structures, and for building interior details.

Tissue Paper Signs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-02
Page:
86
Author:
Lynn Draper
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to make computer-printed signs out of tissue paper.

Using Styrene

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-09
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
This is an introductory article about why and how to use styrene. It discusses the benefits of styrene versus some of the other building materials. There is also a short discussion on which glues to use with styrene.