Shortline Modelers Articles

Painted On Signs Without The Paint

Written by Joseph Kreiss

“Signs, signs, everywhere signs...” The 1971 hit by the Five Man Electrical Band made their message clear they didn't like signs popping up everywhere. But for the model railroader, signs are a good...

Creating Realistic Chain Link Fences

Written by Michael Cougill

Chain link or woven wire fencing is an everyday item in the landscape. Adaptable to a variety of situations, chain link fences employ a support structure of posts and rails, to which the woven metal...

Adding Depth to Building Flats with Interior Photos

Written by Joseph Kreiss

A good trick to master as a model railroader is to add depth and visual expanse to our layouts. How do we make our spare bedroom or basement layout seem bigger than they really are? As we observe...

An Operating O Scale Ground Throw Part 2

Written by Edward Traxler

As I touched on in part one, this ground throw is made for HO scale track, however, they work fine for O scale as well. In fact, while a little oversized for HO it is pretty close to prototype size...

Creating Realistic Corrugated Roofing Part 2

Written by Shawn Branstetter

As we continue to work on our weathered tin sheeting, there are times when we will need to paint them; such as when it’s used as siding. This is rather easy once we've completed part one in this...

Creating Realistic Corrugated Roofing Part 1

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Aging metal roofs and siding have always been a sore spot with me. I have tried, over the years to achieve the patina look with paint and never could quite get the color right, or at least to my...

An Operating O Scale Ground Throw Part 1

Written by Edward Traxler

My modeling tends to wander about, evidently without any plans, since I am often surprised at the results. That means situations like the following turns up where I have to 'make it work'. On the...

Scratchbuilding a Deck Plate Girder Bridge

Written by Shawn Branstetter

There are a few of reasons why we, as model builders, scratchbuild something; either the model is not available, we are trying to match a specific prototype, or we just enjoy the challenge. For me,...

Updating the PS-1 Box Car

Written by Phillip Blancher

Editor's note: Reprinted with permission of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society and authors Phillip Blancher & Kevin Pytlak. Article published in Winter 2014 (Volume 25, Number 4) issue of...

Weathering Your Track Like the Prototype Part 3: Rails and Finishing

Written by Shawn Branstetter

In my final article on weathering rail, I will discuss the rails themselves and how we finish the overall look of the track. In part two, I showed you how to weather your ties. Once the ties are...

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