My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Structures - Towns/Cities

3/16" Scale Buildings in a Hurry!

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1990-10/11
Page:
18
Authors:
John Frazier & Alan Evans
Scale:
S
Description:
Using a copy machine to make copies of HO- and/or O-scale buildings to print out in S-scale, apply to a substrate, and then detail the models. Several examples are shown in this how-to article.

A Full Size Structure From a Toy Car Diorama

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 2, February 2010
Page:
18
Author:
Jerry Schnur
Scale:
S
Description:
Using a Motormax toy diorama for parts, the author built a nice-looking model of a gas/service station.

A Model Water Tower

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-10
Page:
86
Author:
Carl A. Traub
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to build one of these towers. The article includes scaled drawings, prototype photos, and some construction diagrams.

A New Manufacturer Hits a Home Run

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-01
Page:
76
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the first kit, Greg's Grocery, by Grand River Models.

A turn-of-the-century bakery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-04
Page:
62
Author:
Lester Jordan, Jr.
Scale:
HO
Description:
Drawings and model photos show how the author built this common bakery store.

Add Storefront Details

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2011-10
Page:
58
Author:
V.S. Roseman
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author uses photos of real stores to make effective signs, awnings, and window displays.

Adventures in Urban Model Railroading

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-03/04
Page:
30
Author:
Bill Denton
Scale:
N
Description:
Modeling the Milwaukee Road's Kingsbury Branch which makes for lots of street-running trains. Includes lots of photos, and track plans.

Alvard's Landing

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2007-01/02
Page:
50
Author:
Robert D. Bailey
Scale:
HO
Description:
Scale drawings of a multi-purpose whistle stop.

An Abandoned Southern Country Store

Magazine:
The Modeler's Annual Winter 2014
Page:
79
Author:
Chuck Doan
Scale:
O
Description:
This is an O-scale model of an abandoned small country store.

An HO Scale Victorian Building McHugh and Bianchi

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-09/10
Page:
80
Author:
Jim Vail
Description:
The author describes how he built this structure based on the building in downtown Santa Cruz, California.

Another Motormax Diorama Conversion

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 3, June 2010
Page:
15
Author:
Jerry Schnur
Scale:
S
Description:
Mel's Diner by Motormax was supplemented by a pair of American Flyer New Haven coaches kitbashed into a dining facility.

Another Motormax Diorama Conversion

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 6, December 2010
Page:
18
Author:
Jerry Schnur
Scale:
S
Description:
The author added walls and a roof to a flat front to kitbash a 3D building.

Art Deco Auto Dealership

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-06
Page:
64
Author:
James Benini
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a car dealership that has lots of curved walls. Includes drawings and a materials list.

Bingo's Pool Hall

Magazine:
N-Scale 2004-11/12
Page:
52
Author:
Dr. Vance Reed
Scale:
N
Description:
Making a distinctive structure from Design Preservation's Cricket Saloon.

Build a Modern Block of Stores

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-02
Page:
108
Author:
Walter R. Olsen
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he built a strip-center style of structure which houses several individual stores. Includes construction and final installation photos.

Build a Small Gas Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-05
Page:
82
Author:
Peter Barney
Scale:
O
Description:
This small gas station was very common before the era of freeways and can still be found even today. Includes a prototype photo, model photos, and a scale drawing.

Building a Fire Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-01
Page:
59
Author:
Bob Bennett
Scale:
O
Description:
Prototype photos of various small-town fire stations accompany this article that describes the construction of this 40 x 26 foot, 27 foot tall building. A materials list is also included.

Building An Amusement Park Band Shell

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 36, Number 6, December 2012
Page:
8
Author:
Glenn Miller
Scale:
S
Description:
The author tried to duplicate the band shell he remembered from Hershey Park, PA some 50 years ago.

Building Demolition

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-08
Page:
100
Author:
Earl Smallshaw
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how to model a building that is in the process of being demolished. This shows the interior of the structure, as well as walls half broken down. Included is a description of how to model the rubble that forms around the area.

Building Fire Escapes from Windows Screening

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1992-02
Page:
61
Author:
Philip V. Chiavetta
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using window screening material, the author describes how to tease out the vertical wires, which are then used as the vertical railings of each fire escape platform. Creative designs are possible and he shows how to do that in the accompanying photos. Also includes several prototype photos of examples.

Building Kits with Dick Karnes

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-10/11
Page:
23
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built the Reviresco Gas Station kits (a 1930s-era and a 1950s-era one). These are very inexpensive kits. Finally, the author also describes the AM Models structures, which, too, are very inexpensive kits of shed and a small passenger station.

Building the Bagby Hotel

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
18
Author:
Jack Burgess
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author decides to re-build one of his layout's structures that he built several decades earlier. He starts off with the research he did, used modern technology for the windows and other parts, made templates for the building's sides, and then shows how he constructed the building, with full interior. Also includes scaled drawings.

Building the Buildings That Aren't

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-04
Page:
40
Author:
Art Curren
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he modeled a space in between two building where a building once stood, showing debris and partial remains.

Building the Timberline Miner's Union Hotel

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-02
Page:
66
Author:
Tom Troughton
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt the remote location's hotel next to his recently-completed mine. Includes lots of photos of the project.

Buildings

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 5, October 1992
Page:
20
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
Modeling large buildings in S-scale using some HO-scale components that are suitable.

Buildings Over Tracks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1978-09
Page:
38
Author:
Paul Caparatta
Description:
This article covers the why and the how of buildings being built over top of railroad tracks. Includes many prototype photos of such buildings. No modeling information is included (see Art Current's article in this same issue).

Cast Your Own Urban Structures

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-07
Page:
70
Author:
Dick Scott
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes his inexpensive technique for making molds to build repetitive large structures to model the urban tall buildings. Step-by-step photos show how to make the mold and then pour the castings from Hydrocal.

Computer Generated Windows

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2002-03/04
Page:
44
Author:
Jimi Banks
Scale:
N
Description:
How to create delicate window pane structures for scratchbuilt buildings using transparency film.

Crosby's Bandstand

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-11
Page:
32
Author:
E.L. Moore
Scale:
HO
Description:
A model of the bandstand, typically found in the center of a small town, was scratchbuilt by the author. He built four of them and described how he modified his construction techniques to improve the models. Includes model photos, scale drawings, parts list, and some construction photos.

E.L. Moore's Village Store

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
58
Author:
E.L. Moore
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author took a drawing off of the back of a magazine to build this structure. The article describes how he built it in great detail. Includes model photos and several scale drawings.

Easy Big Buildings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-05
Page:
64
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author developed a method for easily making large building models with the use of foam core sheet panels assembled into a box frame. Several model photos are included showing the examples he has built.

Evans National Bank

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-11
Page:
84
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
A false-front structure that was built around 1900. Includes prototype photo, and scaled and detail drawings.

Fruit-stand Construction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 3, June 1990
Page:
7
Author:
Ernie Horr
Scale:
S
Description:
Using the FinestKind Models #102 False-Front Store, the author describes how he built a roadside fruit stand. Includes drawings.

Geauga Motors Used Car Lot

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 38, Number 1, February 2014
Page:
22
Author:
Steven Allen
Scale:
S
Description:
The author took a River Dam Model Works Rural Post Office and kitbashed it into a used car dealer ship office. He added to that a Miller Engineering animated billboard sign. Includes a number of photos of the diorama scene he built.

General Store

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2017-01
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this small store. The interesting challenge was the two large windows right next to the front door, because that leaves a very weak wall.

Jones' Garage

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-03
Page:
88
Author:
Thomas A. Yorke
Description:
Scale drawings and prototype photos accompany this article about a small gas station built in 1926 in Mountain City, Georgia.

Keveny Memorial Academy

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-01
Page:
56
Author:
Bill Gill
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a compressed scale replica of this building found in Cohoes. Includes one finished model photo and two prototype photos.

Kitbash the Offices of The Sun

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-01
Page:
128
Author:
Harvey J. Simon
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built an accurate model of the structure found in Lowell, Mass. It is ten stories tall and has a wonderful external fire-escape staircase, which he modeled. Includes prototype, model, and construction photos.

Kitbashing a Newsstand

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-01
Page:
88
Author:
Max Magliaro
Scale:
N
Description:
An unused, odd-shaped space on the author's N-scale layout was a perfect spot for a newsstand made from a B&O passenger shelter kit. Includes construction photos and how he made the magazine covers.

Kitbashing Chief Petroleum

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
104
Author:
Bob Foltz
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article has complete instructions on how to build this structure that has a history of several businesses, including one which required track service.

Kitbashing Doesn't Have to be a Big Deal

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-02
Page:
74
Author:
Roy Stanley
Scale:
HO
Description:
Changing an outside corner of a bank building kit to an inside corner made the model look completely different, yet it was such a small change.

Kitbashing for Beginners

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
59
Author:
Phil Scandura
Scale:
N
Description:
This article covers the basics of taking an existing kit and transforming it to a one-of-a-kind structure.

Kitbashing Jim Baker's Service Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-02
Page:
71
Author:
Jeff Kersting
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using a Bachmann Texaco gas station, the author created a convincing model of a gas station he passes on his way to work. Includes model and prototype photos and a parts list.

Litchfield Station is All Charm - Some Might Even Say It's 'Cute'

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-03
Page:
70
Author:
David Jasper
Scale:
S
Description:
A product review of the kit released by Port Lines Hobby Supplies, which is a freelanced, small-town passenger station.

Model of the Month Award

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-02
Page:
77
Author:
James A. Ferguson
Scale:
HO
Description:
A neat gas station and repair shop with an upstairs area.

Modeling a Masonry Structure with Hydrocal

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-11
Page:
97
Author:
C. C. Crow
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to model masonry buildings using a firehouse in Orbisonia, Pennsylvania as an example. The article covers how to cast with hydrocal, how to scribe the bricks, and how to put the structure together. Includes a scaled drawing of the building, and mold-making photos.

Modeling a Modern Service Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-11
Page:
72
Author:
Frank Cicero
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to model a modernday Conoco gas station. The reason why I found this article so interesting is that this is the very gas station where I get gas every week! I never met the author, so I don't know why he picked that particular station, which is located in the far west side of Houston, Texas. The model he built looks exactly like the station.

Modeling an Irving Gas Station

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-05
Page:
66
Author:
Gerry Gilliland
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this Canadian gas station that looks like any small-town one. Includes a prototype photo, construction photos, scaled drawings, and a materials list.

Modeling Back Stairs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-07/10
Page:
62
Author:
Richard Bradley
Scale:
HO
Description:
In addition to several prototype photos, the article also includes model photos of how the author added exterior stairs to the buildings.

Nordi's Garage

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-01
Page:
116
Author:
Dave Messer
Scale:
HO
Description:
The articles shows how the author constructed an automobile garage based on the one in Troy, New York. Includes a prototype photo, model photos, scaled drawings, detail drawings, and color signs for the building (HO-scale).

Oddity

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-03/04
Page:
50
Author:
Daniel Dawdy
Description:
A single photo of all that is left of Kumler, Illinois, a ghosttown with no ghosts.

Old Trolley Bodies Need Not Die

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-09
Page:
44
Author:
Thomas A. Yorke
Scale:
Large Scale
Description:
The author converted an On30 Bachmann street car to model a converted roadside diner. He also used a trolley body to model a shed.

Old-time Gas Station

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-03
Page:
89
Author:
Walter R. Olsen
Description:
The author describes how he built a typical small-town gas station. Includes scaled drawings, including one that shows the overall layout of the various parts that go into a gas station. Several construction photos are shown as well.

One for Gasoline Alley

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2017-02
Page:
80
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a scale 20'x28' old-style, single-pump gas station. He provides some sage advice for building structures in this article, to make sure it lasts. Lots of construction photos included.

Pine Canyon's Main Street Grows

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2008-01
Page:
84
Author:
David Jasper
Scale:
S
Description:
A product review of the Pine Canyon Scale Models Professional Building kit.

Pomona General Store

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-05/06
Page:
26
Author:
Will Jacobs
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes how he built this general store. Includes drawings, prototype photo, and lots of model photos.

Prototype View

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 5, October 1992
Page:
26
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
Accompanied by a few photos, this article asks readers how one might build a reasonable facsimile of a prototype trainshed.

Ray's Bar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
112
Author:
Paul S. White
Scale:
HO
Description:
This fieldstone-covered small structure is made from Strathmore, balsa wood, and commercial doors and window castings. A scale drawing and some construction photos are included.

Roller Coaster in N Scale

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-11/12
Page:
62
Author:
Don Jones
Scale:
N
Description:
Through experimentation, the author figured out how to build a working N-scale roller coaster.

Schlep Boys Army-Navy Surplus Store

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2014-01/02
Page:
17
Author:
Gerry Evans
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he kit-bashed the Bar Mills Majestic Hardware (Kit #0943) to create the Schlep Boys Army-Navy Surplus Store. He used a lot of 1:72 military parts and kits.

Scratchbuild the Star Hotel

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-08
Page:
76
Author:
Rob Corriston
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built this hotel. The article includes scaled drawings and model photos.

Scratchbuilding a Rural Gas Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-09
Page:
76
Author:
Stephen Reef Paterson
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built one building modeled after two dilapidated ones he found while traveling through a small town in southwestern Virginia. Included are the scale drawings of the building he made, as well as the materials list.

Scratchbuilding Clark's Filling Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2001-09
Page:
56
Author:
Sam Swanson
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built this Saxton, Pennsylvania cottage-style gas station suitable for the 1930s. He used drawings from the December 1996 issue of RMC, which are duplicated in this article.

Short And Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 6, December 1990
Page:
8
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes scratchbuilding a road-side produce stand. Includes drawings and a photo of the completed model.

Sinclair Gas Station, Elberta, Utah

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
82
Author:
John S. Midgley
Description:
This article consists of prototype photos and scale drawings.

Small Filling Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-12
Page:
82
Author:
Greg Schaumburg
Description:
Prototype photos and scaled drawings of the cottage-style gas station in Saxton, Pennsylvania.

Small Town Buildings Part 2

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-11/12
Page:
49
Author:
Kirk Reddie
Description:
More prototype photos of downtown buildings.

St. Mathew School

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-01
Page:
78
Author:
Thomas A. Yorke
Description:
Using a prototype photo print, the author drew up scale plans (adjusted to fit available Grandt Line windows and doors). Includes the photo and scale drawings.

Super Sculpey Stonework

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-11
Page:
140
Author:
Phil Hodges
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he used Super Sculpey, a clay-like material, which, when baked, turns into a hard, plastic-like material that can be sanded and carved. He used the material to scratchbuilt masonry walls for his structure.

Terminal Lunch

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-09/10
Page:
38
Author:
Robert D. Bailey
Description:
Scaled drawings of all four sides of a two-story building that has a small cafe/diner downstairs. A typical small-town building. No text or descriptions included.

The Bank on the Corner

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-11
Page:
70
Author:
Walt Muren
Scale:
HO
Description:
Modeled after a real bank on a street corner, this unique structure is sure to draw attention with its patina roof dome.

The Cedar Falls Office, Barber Shop, and Cafe

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-04
Page:
57
Author:
John Taylor-Hall
Scale:
HO
Description:
The modeled small wood-frame building has served many purpose since it was built in the 1880s. Includes prototype photos of the Cedar Falls, N.C. structure, as well as scale drawings and finished model photos.

The Evans' General Store

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-02
Page:
61
Author:
John H. Long, Jr.
Scale:
S
Description:
The author scratchbuilts a model of a family-owned general store in small-town Pennsylvania. Includes prototype photos, scaled drawings, model photos, and a parts list.

The Ferrellgas Company

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-06
Page:
65
Author:
Harry Bonham
Description:
This article describes a propane gas distributor in Lane County, Oregon. It has many, then, modern-day photos, drawings of some of the piping, scale drawings of the building and the tanks, site plan, and modeling suggestions.

The Last Five Inches

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-11
Page:
77
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author packed and transported clinic materials for Dave Jasper's presentation at the 2010 NASG Convention, where he put all those parts together to build convincing scenery in just 30-scale feet of layout space (5 inches). He then describes how he used similar methods for his own layout.

The Light at Thatcher's Inlet

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1973-09
Page:
36
Author:
Dave Frary & Bob Hayden
Scale:
HO
Description:
The lighthouse at Mystic Seaport, CT serves as the role-model for the structure built by the authors. Information about how it was built, along with scale drawings and a prototype photo, are included.

The On3 North Pacific Coast Railroad and Its Subsidiary, The Buckhorn Logging Co. Part 69

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-07/08
Page:
80
Author:
Boone Morrison
Scale:
On3
Description:
In this installment the author shows how he modeled the mill owner's office building. The structure is made out of slab board siding. There is a sidebar on how to model slab siding with a convincing look.

The Orbisonia, PA Firehouse

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-09
Page:
104
Author:
Jim Kelly
Description:
Two prototype photos, scaled drawings, and a brief description of this two-story, 17' x 29' building. Shows how to make the curved rafter ends.

The Wasco Gas Station, Garage, and Grocery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-03
Page:
66
Author:
Elmer Cerny
Description:
This combination store was found in Wasco, Illinois. The article includes many scale drawings, including one for the gasoline pumps.

Ulster County Press - A Vintage Print Shop

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Spring
Page:
12
Author:
V.S. Roseman
Scale:
S
Description:
The author walks us through the steps he took to scratchbuild a 20'x30' building used as a small-town print shop. It includes a detailed interior. Many close-up photos.

Urban Renewal - Interchangeable Buildings for Your Layout

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-10
Page:
54
Authors:
Philip V. Chiavetta & Frank DeBonis
Description:
The authors describe how they change a section of the layout by changing out buildings. The idea is to show construction progress, for example, over time, mimicking the real world. The article includes a sidebar on how to make street lights and how to make dirt to fill in the gaps around removable dioramas.

Urban Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-07
Page:
102
Author:
Earl Smallshaw
Scale:
HO
Description:
Putting city buildings on a second level above the track can make the city look dense, yet still allow the trains to move on through. The author describes how he makes rounded backdrops, uses mock-ups, builds roads, and the buildings themselves (painting, weathering, roofs, signs, and lighting). Includes a sidebar on how to cut out windows when scratchbuilding a wall.

What's on Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-05/06
Page:
72
Author:
Art Carlton
Scale:
O
Description:
Appel & Sons building in Coolidge, Arizona before the city was so named.

Window Dressings and Seasoned Sidings

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-07
Page:
78
Author:
Pat Ford
Description:
A collection of tips and ideas on how to make buildings be more unique, such as making stained-glass windows.

Wood Block Buildings Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-08
Page:
70
Author:
Patricia Maxwell
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author introduces the method her husband uses to quickly build some buildings, where their core consists of a block of wood. This first installment covers the construction of outhouses, sheds, cabins, and tents. Includes construction photos and scaled drawings.

Wood Block Buildings Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-09
Page:
57
Author:
Patricia Maxwell
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment the author describes how her husband built two, more complicated buildings using the block-of-wood method. The structures are a small-town hotel and church. The hotel structure shows how to deal with leaving the interior open. Both building consist of several blocks of wood mounted together.

Yesterday's Filling Station

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-12
Page:
96
Author:
Chuck Yungkurth
Description:
One photo and scaled drawings of a gas station found in Windham, Pennsylvania. Includes scaled drawings for the pumps in N-, HO-, S-, and 0-scale.