My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Tools

'S' Lore

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 6, December 1990
Page:
9
Author:
John Long
Description:
Using superglue.

1-2-3 Blocks

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-12/01
Page:
19
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Description:
How to use a 1" x 2" x 3" metal block used by machinists to hold up parts for assembly.

16 Cool Tools

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
88
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
Description of 16 tools needed to do scratchbuilding.

A Basic Tool Kit

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
127
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
Sprue cutter, cutting mat, miter box, bench cradle, and other tools that should be part of a model railroader's toolbox.

A Better Way of Measuring

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
108
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
Using calipers to accurately measure parts and scale drawings when scratchbuilding.

A Deluxe Spray Paint Booth

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-08
Page:
103
Author:
Ken Breher
Description:
The author describes how he built his spray booth big enough to accommodate O-scale equipment.

A Low Cost Milling Machine

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-06
Page:
75
Author:
Scott Lupia
Description:
The author describes how he converted his standard drill press into a pseudo milling machine, which might be good for the brief, occasional use.

A New Tool Gets Me Off My Duff

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
123
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
Sprue cutter

A Paint Mixer for the Workbench

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
95
Author:
Lee Vande Visse
Description:
Using a BBQ rotisserie motor, the author built this device to rotate the paint bottles. This keeps the paint in good condition and always ready for him to use.

A Painting Holder

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-09
Page:
32
Author:
Ben Cordell, Jr.
Description:
The author shows how he built an expanding clamp that holds the interior of a shell, so that it can be held comfortably while painting the model.

A Portable Locomotive Wheel Cleaning Jig

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-02
Page:
81
Author:
M.R. Snell
Description:
An easy-to-build tool for cleaning wheels while at a show. Includes step-by-step construction photos.

A Portable Workbench

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-02
Page:
124
Author:
Charles Moslander
Description:
A short article describing a condensed, but useful workbench.

A Porter's Step Stool for the Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-03
Page:
34
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Description:
Building a classic passenger car porter's step stool that is used during layout construction or for when smaller visitors want to see the layout.

A Simple Spin-casting Machine

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
55
Author:
William W. Davis
Description:
The author describes how he built his own spin-casting machine. Includes photos.

A Structure Measuring Kit

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-02
Page:
34
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
This handy fold-up kit can be used when going out and measuring a prototype building.

ABC's of Cutting Threads

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
84
Author:
Carl A. Traub
Description:
This article describes tap sizes and specifications, drills, trap wrenches, how to tap a hole, lubricants, how to deal with tap breakage, and dies. Includes lots of photos.

Adhesives and Chemistry

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-12
Page:
78
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob covers several glues, but the majority of the article is about how he makes his own stains.

An Identity Crisis

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
69
Author:
Chuck Diljak
Description:
The author describes how he electronically modified a standard PRR logo to create a friend's freelanced railroad's logo.

Anne's Paint Caddy

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
123
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
Building a paint caddy that holds paint bottles and brushes.

Attachment and Adhesives

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-06
Page:
62
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
This article quickly covers some of the standard glues modelers use, and some others not often needed, and several tips on holding things together while the glue dries.

Badger Airbrush Spray Booth

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
40
Author:
Mike Langford
Description:
Upgrading the spray booth with an easy-to-remove furnace filter, rather than the manufacturer's suggestion of duct-taping the filter in place.

Become a Master Riveter with a Mini Reviter

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1979-10
Page:
76
Author:
John Montague
Description:
The author shows how he built a tool to punch rivets in brass.

Beginner's Tool Kit

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
25
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Collection of tools that you need to have to be able to start model railroading, kit building, and have reliable running of engines and freight cars.

Bending Jig for Grabirons

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-11/12
Page:
52
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
A simple jig for forming grabirons of different widths.

Build a Ground Foam Applicator

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-11
Page:
102
Author:
Jeff Johnston
Description:
The author describes how Bob Hensler built a scenery duster by connecting two rubber tubes to a lid of a jar that contains the ground foam. Blowing in one tube allows the other tube to direct the placement of the ground foam, including in difficult-to-reach areas and vertical spaces.

Build a Handy "Moto-Lock"

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
38
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Shows how to create a brass piece to attach to the Flex-Shaft of Dremel's Moto-Tool rotary power tools to make it easy to change collets.

Build a Portable H0/H0n3 Dynamometer

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2001-05
Page:
38
Author:
Bob Whiting
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes a board with track on it used to construct a dynamometer using an Ohaus Dial-type spring scale. (related web page)

Build a Portable Workbench

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-12
Page:
109
Author:
Bob Kuchar
Description:
The author describes how we built a portable work table that comes apart easily for doing modeling work when traveling or in the backyard.

Build a Tool Cart

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-02
Page:
116
Author:
R. C. Knoetzsch
Description:
A folding two-wheeled appliance cart was converted into a mobile tool cart by attaching a custom-made tray for tool storage.

Build This Handy Sorting Tray to Handle Small Parts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-07
Page:
30
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Jim built a small tray that has a PVC pipe on one end to allow small parts to be sorted in the tray, and the easily be poured back into a container.

Build Your Own Sandblast System

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-09
Page:
68
Author:
David S. Busch
Description:
The author describes the purpose of a sandblast system and then gets into how he built his own. Includes the construction of the box as well as the blasting tool itself. The types of material with which to do the blasting is also covered.

Building a "Vertical Roundhouse"

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-06
Page:
74
Author:
Karl Bond
Description:
Using or building various cabinets to store unused engines and rolling stock.

Building a Grade Setting Gadget

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-02
Page:
74
Author:
David Wiggs
Description:
By attaching a piece of material to a straight-edge, the author describes a tool for checking the grade when constructing subroadbed and track.

Building a Sandblasting Booth

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-02
Page:
46
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
The author shows how he built his plastic-bin sandblasting booth, and the equipment he uses to actually do the sandblasting.

Building a Spray Paint Booth

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-09
Page:
58
Author:
David Leider
Description:
This brief article covers the construction of a simple wooden box with some shelves and a 30" range hood for ventilation to the outside.

Building a Surface Plate

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-03
Page:
81
Author:
Chuck Davis
Description:
This tool is composed of three pieces of styrene that provide for the ability to perform quality control services on our models, including checking overall height, checking coupler position, checking carbody lean, or accurately placing decals or engine parts.

Casting Parts in Polyester Resin

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-11
Page:
116
Author:
Eric Bronsky
Description:
Using the Chicago "L" as an example, the author describes how he learned how to make his own parts to build a long stretch of this bridge.

Comfortable File Handles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-06
Page:
30
Author:
Paul Schmidt
Description:
This Workshop column covers using wire nuts at the end of files that have no handle, and using paper clip containers (those with a magnetic lip near their opening) for holding spikes.

Constructing a Simple Spray Booth

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-12
Page:
88
Author:
Patrick Lawson
Description:
Using an old record player, the author builds a spray booth that is useful for those who spray with acrylic paints (solvent-based paints will require a different blower type).

Corrugated Metal Cutting Jig

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1978-08
Page:
52
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
This brief article describes how to build the jig shown in the drawings.

Cyanopoxy

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
47
Author:
Mike Rose
Description:
Molecular bonder glue.

Decal Application Jig

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-03
Page:
95
Author:
Rick Johnson
Description:
Building a wooden box upon which measuring tools can be laid so as to aid in making sure that decals are application straight across a car or engine.

Deluxe Cutting Board

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-07
Page:
51
Author:
D. Derek Verner
Description:
The author describes how he built a portable board that contains slots for common modeling tools and the center is a rotating board to make it easy to draw or cut items. Includes several of photos of the board in use and under construction.

Despruing Nippers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
25
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
PBL product review.

Drilling and Tapping

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-12
Page:
133
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
Basics on how to drill and tap a hole.

Duplicutter to Dupligluer

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
74
Author:
Rene Gourley
Description:
The author shows how he adapted the NorthWest Short Line Duplicutter to simplify gluing repetitive parts that need to be properly spaced.

Easy Decal Alignment Jig

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
30
Author:
Paul Schmidt
Description:
An easy-to-make jig that helps accurately align decals, especially individual letters and striping. The secret is in the parallel lines scribed onto a Plexiglass panel.

Electronic Notepads for Model Railroaders

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
40
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Using Palm PDA's to maintain your collection.

Ex-press Rivets

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-01
Page:
58
Author:
Gerry Leone
Description:
Using a drill press, the author creates rivets in styrene without going through the expense of purchasing a dedicated rivet puncher. He talks about using this press to create rivets for a PRR flat car on his web site at: http://home.earthlink.net/~mmr346/mmr-cars/mmr-cars1.htm

Fixtures & Molds

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-03/04
Page:
50
Author:
Clayton Barry
Scale:
N
Description:
How to use some common household items as forms for that poured-concrete look.

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Spring
Page:
25
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author recommends using the digital camera to study and find error and problems on your layout. He also recaps what happened in S modeling in 2011.

Get a Good Grip on Your Modeling

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
36
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Jim reviews the tools necessary for cutting, gripping, and bending.

Get On Track With This Handy Rerailer

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-08
Page:
78
Author:
Pelle Soeborg
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using two pieces of styrene and a spare section of flextrack, the author builds a permanent re-railer for his hard-to-reach stagging yard.

Guess Your Height and Weight?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-08
Page:
122
Author:
David Popp
Description:
Using a workbench board, the article describes how to quickly determine what a car show weigh according to NMRA standards. Adding a Kadee coupler can be used to check the car's coupler height and a wheel gauge can be used to check the wheels.

Handling Small Parts

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-01
Page:
76
Author:
Art VanDeWater
Description:
Using a toothpick and double-sided tape to make a small parts pick-up tool.

Homemade Brush Locker

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-02
Page:
134
Author:
Mike Morris
Description:
A brief tip on how to make your own brush holder using a glass jar, a piece of padding foam, and a plastic cup.

How I Designed And Built My Dream Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-01
Page:
100
Author:
Robert Darwin
Description:
The author described how he planned and later on was able to build his dream workshop to be able to just about do any work necessary for model railroading.

Humidors and "Fumidors"

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
70
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Description:
The never-ending quest for preserving paints and glues is discussed with the author providing the solutions he has found, including storing paints in a unused dishwasher machine.

Introduction to Resin Casting

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2006-01
Page:
60
Author:
John Griffith
Description:
All the information you need to start making your own casts.

Jigs and Fixtures

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-10
Page:
94
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes his experience building jigs for trestle bents for his On30 layout.

LaserKnife-Laser Cutter

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-01
Page:
78
Author:
George Riley
Scale:
O
Description:
Using the Micro-Mark LaserKnife 2525 laser-cutting machine and CorelDRAW, the author creates a laser-cut kit for himself of a simple "shotgun" house.

Made for Television

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
76
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob describes how he built and uses a lap tray for doing some light modeling work while watching television.

Make Night-time Switching Simple

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
114
Author:
David Popp
Description:
Glue a wooden skewer to an LED flashlight to light up the area between two cars for easy uncoupling.

Making a Gradient Tool

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-08
Page:
94
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Using a couple of pieces and a level, the author describes how he made a tool that quickly indicated the gradient of a section of benchwork, which will help in making sure that the sub-roadbed meets the designed gradient.

Making Low-cost Scale Drawings for Your Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-09
Page:
73
Author:
George A. Edward
Description:
The author describes how to take a scale drawing in any scale and make copies of it, using a copier machine, to the scale in which you are modeling. Includes a scale conversion chart.

Metal Working V

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-10
Page:
76
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
This installment (the last one) covers a basic milling machine and how to work with it.

Mirror Magic

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-01
Page:
134
Author:
Charles Laman
Description:
The author placed two mirrors at a 90-degree angle from each other to make a mirror image of the road he modeled, but in such a way that the cars in the mirror image are actually placed on the correct side of the street.

Modifying the North West Short Line Riveter

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-06
Page:
75
Author:
Alan Mende
Description:
In this article the author describes how adding a moveable fence gives a valuable tool more uses.

More on Fixtures

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-02
Page:
62
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Several different jigs are described, e.g. flat car stake pockets drilling jig.

More On Small Stuff

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-04
Page:
86
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob covers how patience and self-discipline will eventually lead to the results you ultimately want. Organizing your tools helps you spend more time working on the models instead of finding tools. Keeping the workbench clean and organized helps prevent accidents. Also covered are some specific tools for simulating wood grain, and staining wood.

More Tricks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-03
Page:
74
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob shares his thoughts for a good work bench setup, including some interesting and useful tools.

More Workbench Ideas

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
70
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes the tool carousel he built to keep his modeling tools nearby without taking up a lot of desk space.

Organization and Storage

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-10
Page:
68
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author discusses how he organizes tools, parts, and scratchbuilding supplies.

Painless Rivets

Magazine:
Model Railroading 1999-09/10
Page:
48
Author:
Gene Fusco
Description:
The author describes his method for using a sewing machine to generate rivets in styrene sheets.

Pinning... The Art of Holding Things Together

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1989-12/01
Page:
16
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:
The author describes how he uses pins to reinforce a coupler mounting, brake details, steps, and roofwalk end supports.

Railroad Lubrication

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-01/02
Page:
18
Author:
Richard Caruso
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes various things that layout owners must lubricate for good operations of equipment.

Really Obvious Tips

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
460
Author:
Nick Pulskamp
Description:
This article describes how to make detachable custom castings.

Really Obvious Tips

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
35
Author:
Martin Brechbiel
Description:
Using a lazy susan as modeling platform for building and detailing structures and dioramas.

Resistance Soldering

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
80
Author:
Tom Dressler
Description:
The article covers the benefits of using a resistance unit for soldering, and describes the system marketed by Contact, Inc.

Rix Uncoupler Tool

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
58
Author:
John E. Sinclair
Scale:
N
Description:
Improving the Rix uncoupler tool by making one end into a manual turnout thrower. The article also shows how the tool can be inserted into the layout (where it is needed) as look like a smoke stack.

Roofwalk Support Shaping Jig

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-07
Page:
74
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
Roofwalk supports are the wedge-shaped supports straddling the centerline of the boxcar roof to provide a level platform for the roofwalk planks. This article contains diagrams of the author's method for building these angled styrene pieces consistently.

Route to the Redwoods Part 70

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-09/10
Page:
70
Author:
Boone Morrison
Scale:
On3
Description:
The author talks about all the various tools he uses to build his layout.

Safety in Painting

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-11
Page:
153
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
Spray booth design, dealing with possible fire and explosion, and respirators.

Sand Box Support for Rubber Molds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-05
Page:
64
Author:
Charles Montgomery
Description:
They idea of "sand casting" is not new. The concept is to place a mold in a contain loaded with sand so that the mold stays upright while the casting sets.

Sandbags, Frogs, and Jaws

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-05
Page:
101
Author:
Laurence H. Ballou
Description:
Making small cloth bags filled with lead shot are great tools for clamping parts down (e.g. roofs) that are oddly-shaped and thus hard to clamp with conventional clamps. "Frogs" are weights that put all their pressure on a small tube at the end, which are great for holding down smaller parts. A "jaw" is a deep clamp to hold pressure on parts (two metal strips with a turnbuckle to provide the custom clamping pressure). Includes photos of each device and instructions on how to make them.

Scale Rules

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
153
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
Model railroad scale rules, architect's scale.

Scratchbuilders Need the Right Power Tools

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-01/02
Page:
20
Author:
John Bell
Description:
The author lists a number of tools he highly recommends to those who wish to build their own models.

Short and Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 2, April 1992
Page:
16
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
Bill Daiker sent in a note about how to convert the Rix HO-scale coupler into one that can be use with the typical S-scale couplers.

Simple Drill Holder for Layout Construction

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
30
Author:
Paul Schmidt
Description:
Using a 45-degree PVC pipe to hold a second drill.

Simple Punches for Modelers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-06
Page:
64
Author:
Carl A. Traub
Description:
This one-page article describes how the author made some punches from a nail.

Small Tools for Small Models

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2001-11/12
Page:
44
Author:
Tom Knapp
Description:
Small benchtop tools for drilling, grinding, sanding, sawing, filing, holding, turning, and milling.

Soldering

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-07/08
Page:
36
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Description:
The basics of how to solder wire, and how to clean the soldering iron.

Some Dental Instruments That You Can Use in Model Railroading

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 07, Number 1, Winter 1984
Page:
4
Author:
James Soberman
Description:
The author is both a dentist and a modeler, and he describes several tools he himself uses in his modeling work.

Some Riveting Experiences

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-09
Page:
62
Author:
Carl Caiati
Description:
Using certain tools to form rivets into brass and plastic.

Speaking of Tools

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-11
Page:
64
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author covers his family heritage with regard to woodworking, discusses how to buy tools (don't buy cheap, for example), buying multiples of the same tools (and which ones), and how to modify tools.

Stairway-making Made Easier with a Jig

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1976-10
Page:
80
Authors:
William C. Schaumburg & Wayne Wesolowski
Description:
How to make a jig for making stairs. Includes construction photos.

Storage, Again

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-12
Page:
74
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob describes using every nook and cranny in your modeling space for extra storage. He uses his tubes of long stripwood, locomotive repair cradle, and paint bottle carousel as examples.

The ABC's of Drilling

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-11
Page:
70
Author:
Carl A. Traub
Description:
This article covers drill bits, how to sharpen them, using drilling equipment, thoughts about drilling speeds, holding the work, and finally the actual act of drilling and lubrication.

The Basics of Metal Etching

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-05
Page:
50
Author:
Scott Lupia
Description:
This article expands on the first article of this issue, because the author needed to learn and experiment with metal etching. He shows how he went about it, and lists the tools he used.

The Helper Engine

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
92
Author:
George Brown
Scale:
O
Description:
With the upcoming winter months (the article was written in September 2015), the author reviews the state of his tools and supplies, to see if anything needs to be renewed, refreshed, or replaced to work on his kits.

The Lost Art of Soldering

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-07
Page:
58
Author:
John Pryke
Description:
Using an etched-brass kit of a New York Central four-track signal bridge, the author shows his steps for soldering brass.

The Model Railroader's Workshop Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
42
Author:
John Pryke
Description:
The author describes his workbench, taps and dies, cleaning materials, high-heat soldering equipment, airbrushes, specialized tools, bench-top power tools, and handheld power tools.

The Paint Shop Spray Booth

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-01
Page:
128
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
Complete plans for building your own spray booth from galvanized steel, with construction photos, including ductwork and electrical wiring.

The Paper Punch Filling in with Blanks

Magazine:
Model Railroading 1989-05
Page:
54
Author:
Dean Freytag
Description:
Using a paper punch to create paper discs that are then used to model bearing caps, inspection covers, manhole covers, tubing couplers, tubing brackets, pulleys, and several other ideas.

The Workbench

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
60
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author discusses several ideas for suitable work spaces.

They Don't Build 'em The Way They Used To!

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-12
Page:
141
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
The author reflects on how layouts were built in the 1940s, when they didn't have the tools we have now.

Thoughts On Soldering

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-02/03
Page:
44
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Description:
This article is an overview of what solder is, some of the tools used in soldering, and some techniques. Includes many photos that show the various tools, soldering techniques, and of under-construction models.

Tools for the Master Craftsman

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-03
Page:
90
Author:
Bob Darwin
Description:
The author shares his knowledge about high-quality metalworking tools.

Tools: Cheaper by the Dozen

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
77
Author:
Bill Gill
Description:
Think outside the box to find some really cheap, even free, tools.

Top Ten Most Overlooked Model Railroad Tools

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2006-01
Page:
65
Author:
Gerry Leone
Description:
Pliers, drill bit holder, knives, scriber, fake fur, and EZ Line.

Track Ballasting Made Easy

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
108
Author:
Paul Napier, Dick Kleinschmidt
Description:
A handy ballast spreader and a vacuum attachment that can be made to produce nicely ballasted track quickly.

Track Marking Gauge

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-02
Page:
127
Author:
Bill Brillinger
Description:
Making a T-shaped gauge for marking parallel tracks for his staging yard.

Traction Test Stand

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-05
Page:
113
Author:
Jeff Johnston
Description:
The author describes how he built a test stand to measuring a locomotive's traction capabilities using a precision dynamometer gauge.

Two Gizmos for the Workbench

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-03
Page:
85
Author:
Fred Headon
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built two devices to hold his HO-scale models while he works on them. One is a positional cradle that uses a piece of a downspout padded with foam and an adjustable bracket, and the other is simple long piece of downspout padded with foam for holding cars or engines. Includes construction diagrams and photos.

Two Styrene Scribers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
68
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Description:
Modify scribers to make them work for scribing styrene.

Ultramini Surface Gage

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-02
Page:
130
Author:
John Montague
Description:
Build your own gage to help you accurately line up holes horizontally along the side of a car or engine. Includes a parts list and a construction detail diagram.

Unconventional Materials

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-01
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author mentions his use of a collection of materials that he uses that a modeler may not readily think of, such as signage from antique store letter heads, marker pens, foils, etc.

Unconventional Tools

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-02
Page:
58
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author lists a number of his tools that are not necessarily found in modelers' tool boxes, such as a special dough-like substance for holding parts, a tool for cutting foam board, various rulers, metal blocks, etc.

Unusual Attachments

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-06
Page:
78
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes using screws, pins, styrene rod as rivets, metal tab catches, and hiding wires in tubing.

Uses of Rub 'n Buff

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1975-04
Page:
48
Author:
Todd Sullivan
Description:
Rub 'n Buff is a finishing material normally used for antiquing furniture and other articles. The author describes his various experiments with applying the material to his models, and how it can be removed. (related web page)

Using Metalworking Tools

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-11
Page:
126
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
A brief article describing how to do some of the common tasks when working with metals. This article is a complement to the USRA locomotive construction series, where the author will have more detailed information.

What's Neat with Ken Patterson

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
39
Author:
Ken Patterson
Description:
How to make a paint-bottle shaker. A visit by actor Michael Gross. Updating a manufacturer's portable display layout. Interview with Matt Hermann from ESU LokSound.

Wheel Cleaning Made Easy

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
42
Author:
Dean Daughenbaugh
Scale:
N
Description:
Shows how to build a dedicated wheel cleaning station with handy clips to hold the paper towel in place for wheel cleaning, without getting caught by coupler trip pins.

Wheelset Holder

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-09
Page:
80
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
The author shows how to make a wheelset holder (for painting wheel faces) out of brass parts.

Working with Wood

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-08
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes the tools, stains, and techniques he used to work with wood to build structures.

Zap-texturing for Foliage

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1980-09
Page:
90
Author:
D. Derek Verner
Description:
After explaining how zap-texturing works, the author describes his experiences with the Wimshurst Electrostatic Machine, and then shows how he uses the tool for making trees.