My Library - Magazine Articles for On3 Scale

A Disappearing Door and Hidden Corner

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-05
Page:
102
Author:
Dennis Storzek
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The author describes how he designed and built a dutch door in Bob Walker layout room, so that the top half can remain closed (to hold the backdrop, scenery, and track), while the bottom half can be opened for room access. Also covered is how to build a curved inside-corner backdrop. Lots of construction photos.

An Expanding Narrow Gauge Empire

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
86
Author:
Cody Grivno
Category:
Layouts
Description:
The Cascade County Narrow Gauge layout measures 26 x 31 feet, is set in the late 1920s to early 1930s. Includes information on how the owner found information about his prototype railroad.

Another Big One

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-02
Page:
76
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author describes the reality of building a very long trestle bridge for his layout.

Background Building

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

Bob Walker's Dream Layout

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
52
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
The author writes the scratchbuilding column, but this article describes his large On3 layout. It models the Rio Grande Southern in 1942. About half of the layout is scenicked and looks beautiful.

Building a Fleet of Carter Brothers' Flat Cars

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-12
Page:
26
Author:
Chuck Lind
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
Scratchbuilding a good number of flat cars using a jig. Includes construction photos, diagrams, and completed photos.

Building the South Park Valley Part VII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-01
Page:
82
Author:
Miles Hale, John Lowrence, Fran Hale
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This installment covers the roadbed made out of Homasote© and styrofoam slopes. Foam and cork are also discussed. A handy tool for creating foam slopes for the roadbed is described, as well as a tool for sanding handlaid wooden ties.

California's Golden Grass

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
76
Author:
Harold Minkwitz
Category:
Scenery
Description:
This articles shows how the author created tall and short grasses for his On3 layout. He used Joann Fabrics Grizzly Fur for the tall grasses, and Wal-Mart plush fabric for the short grasses. The article details how to paint the fabrics, how to install them, and how to hide seams.

Converting a Bachmann On30 Rail Bus & Trailer to On3

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-09/10
Page:
75
Author:
Bob Brown
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
The author describes how he did the conversion.

Glory Days on the Rio Grande Southern

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
40
Author:
Mallory Hope Ferrell
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
After a brief history of the RGS, the author describes his 60+ years in the hobby and how the construction of the layout emerged by combining the skills of two people. Includes many layout photos, and a track diagram of the RGS' area.

How I Scratchbuilt My First Steam Locomotive Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-10
Page:
69
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author shares how he got to write this article series, what the main steps are for building a steam locomotive from scratch, and the basic skills required.

How I Scratchbuilt My First Steam Locomotive Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-11
Page:
66
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Bob continues his story of how he built his first locomotive. This installment covers the basic frame. It includes a materials and tools list, frame diagrams, and a drill size chart.

How I Scratchbuilt My First Steam Locomotive Part 3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
96
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
In this installment of the construction of the Virginia Midland 4-6-0 covers the running gear, boiler, and cab. Includes diagrams and close-up photos.

Lex Parker's On3 D&RGW

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-11
Page:
60
Author:
Lex Parker
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This Canadian layout measures 18 by 25 feet and is built around the walls, except for the peninsula yards; a true point-to-point design. The author models 1937.

Louis Ullian's Logging Empire

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
100
Author:
Louis Ullian
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This layout is set in 1925 in the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, and fits in a 21 by 25-foot room. Track plan and several photos of the layout accompany the article, with a sidebar on how to make O-scale trees.

Modeling Waterfalls

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-12
Page:
74
Author:
Geoff Nott
Category:
Scenery - Waterside
Description:
The author builds a diorama showing how he models waterfalls. The article is a series of construction progress photos.

Mountain Models K-27

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-07
Page:
18
Author:
Chris Lane
Category:
MRR Product Review
Description:
The article includes quite a bit of history, model features, and review of the performance and accuracy of the model. In addition to several model photos, the article also includes many prototype photos.

My On3 Rio Grande Southern Sophir District

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
20
Author:
Dennis Ferguson
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
Fantastic scenic shots accompany this article about the author's 54 by 25 foot layout. Only a portion of the layout has been completed.

Narrow Gauge in a Garage Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
36
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This first installment discusses the how and why of building an O-scale layout in a garage shared with the family car. Layout photos, trackplan, and sidebars are includes. One sidebar is about On3 v.s On2-1/2, and another is on converting a Bachmann 2-6-0 to On3. There are several more on On3 trucks, and adding DCC to an On2-1/2 Porter.

Narrow Gauge in a Garage Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
50
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This installment covers building benchwork, with specific focus on the tight constraints and sloping floor of a garage. It also covers backdrop construction, and building storage shelves upon which the layout rests.

Narrow Gauge in a Garage Part 3

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
52
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This installment covers installing DCC, installing roadbed on the new layout, and installing Tortoise switch motors using the NCE decoders.

O-M Rio Grande's Rotary Plow Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-07
Page:
48
Author:
C. Langdon Campbell III
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:
Prototype photos of this machine are included in the article. Many close-up detail photos. Full-scale On3 fold-out drawing of all side (including top and bottom) are in the article.

Route to the Redwoods

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2007-01/02
Page:
76
Author:
Boone Morrison
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
The layout is housed in a 12 by 42 feet room, with a 12-foot square workshop. The author describes some of the early stages of the construction after switching from HOn3 to On3.

Route to the Redwoods Part 70

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

Scratchbuilding C&NW Narrow Gauge Boxcar No. 10

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-09
Page:
48
Author:
Tom Houle
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
This article includes many prototype photos, scale drawings, construction photos, and a bill of materials for modeling this car.

Scratchbuilt D&RGW High-side Gondola

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-08
Page:
66
Author:
Fred Hamilton
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:
The author describes how he built this gondola, accompanied by several construction photos.

SP Caboose/combine 401: an On30 to On3 Kitbash

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-10
Page:
55
Author:
Mallory Hope Ferrell
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
The author kitbashed a Bachmann On30 passenger car into this combine. Includes model and prototype photos.

Tall Timber Railroad Part 6

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-12
Page:
42
Author:
Ken Smith
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:
This installment covers wiring the layout. It includes the standards the author followed on his layout, and which DCC system he chose and why.

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
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
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 Tank at Pepito Tey

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

Towering Timber

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-05
Page:
70
Author:
Louis Ullian
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Description:
Making tall trees is one thing, but making truly towering trees in O-scale is a challenge. The author shows how he makes 100-foot tall trees.

Visiting Steve Strebel's Rio Grande & Pacific

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-09
Page:
48
Author:
Don Mitchell
Category:
Layouts - O
Description:
This 33 by 19 feet, double-level layout models a narrow gauge line from Colorado to California. It is 5 years old and almost everything on the layout is scratchbuilt. Includes trackplan and many photos of this beautiful layout.