One of the really cool Christmas presents that Santa left me from the publishers of MODEL RAILROADER is this book entitled STRUCTURE PROJECTS FOR YOUR MODEL RAILROAD. The book is a compilation of nineteen articles that were written by different authors and was edited by Jeff Wilson.
As is the case with most of the articles found in MODEL RAILROADER, even if you aren’t interested in a particular structure that is being modeled, there are techniques used by the author that you will find applicable to other projects that you are interested in. The book covers everything from the basics of kit assembly and kit-bashing to weathering using colored pencils and chalks. There is even a chapter on creating “digital” structures from your prototype photographs. Even advanced modelers will find many things of interest here as the book covers things like scratchbuilding in styrene and thin model airplane plywood.
There were a couple of chapters about modeling older, derelict buildings and even one that was being no doubt demolished for some “urban renewal” project. While we often take great pains to get our locos and rolling stock just right, we often neglect the structures that are the props on our model railroads. This book will certainly give you ideas on how to improve the looks of those props.
The book is available from Kalmback Publishing or can probably be found at your favorite local hobby shop. The book is 90 pages in length, is amply illustrated with numerous color photographs and retails for $19.95.