Shortline Modelers Articles

Scratchbuilding an O Scale Shed

Written by Al Judy

As a veteran scratch builder, I have developed some techniques that serve to simplify the building process while providing excellent results. The following is the step by step build of a small O...

Carving Stone Walls

Written by Edward Traxler

While a flat ground is preferred by engineers, this is often boring to us model railroaders and not always the case in the real world. However, too often we see track and structures placed on a flat...

Modeling a Rough Service Road

Written by Edward Traxler

I have seen a lot ways that a road can be made – thought I would try something different. The small diorama I am building for the Kitforums Build Challenge needs a road that passes under a dump chute...

Black Creek & Angels Camp Railway Part 4

Written by Shawn Branstetter

New Beginnings Change is inevitable. Sometimes, this can be a good thing for us model railroaders. My wife and I decided to finally buy a home after seven years of renting here in Omaha. Renting was...

The Art of Blending Two Layouts Into One Space Part 4: Challenges Faced & Solutions Realized

Written by Joseph Kreiss

Having never seriously attempted to build a double level layout before, my foray into a double deck, double scale, double theme basement-filling pair of layouts has presented me with a number of...

Scratchbuilding Bay Windows

Written by PETER SMITH

Bay windows were common in depot buildings so that people could see up the line without going outside. They are a bit more complicated to make but they add a unique and often prototypical look to...

Grass Valley Station on the Laurel County N.G.R.R.

Written by PETER SMITH

This 20' long On30 exhibition layout came about by accident really; I had 40' of baseboards sitting in the garage, the result of a German O Gauge layout that never got beyond the planning stage. In...

The Art of Blending Two Layouts Into One Space Part 3: Developing An Operating Scenario

Written by Joseph Kreiss

One of the more fun aspects of model railroading for me is developing a story for my layouts. Deciding on a location and time, doing research and then creating the perfect image and era helps bring...

Scratchbuilding Mullion Windows

Written by PETER SMITH

In this installment we will discuss the process of making mullion type windows. For those not familiar, mullion windows are made of wood or usually stone which separate the windows casements or...

Scratchbuilding Round Topped Windows

Written by PETER SMITH

There are times we are faced with a building similar to the title photo. Normally, I wouldn’t contemplate making my own windows like these mainly because it is so hard to get them all the same. These...

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