Building Vehicles for Model Railroads

Jeff Wilson
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On any model railroad, motor vehicles should look as accurate as the trains and structures. Learn the techniques for modeling realistic HO scale vehicles from the late steam era through today.
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On any model railroad, vehicles are important in establishing the era and location of the layout. In Building Vehicles for Model Railroads, expert modeler Jeff Wilson covers the many facets of modeling vehicles in HO scale with accuracy and realism.

• A brief guide to the evolution of prototype autos and trucks.
• Assembling plastic, metal, and resin vehicle kits.
• Adding details to modify kits and assembled models, including painting, decaling, weathering, kitbashing, scratchbuilding, and converting toys to scale models.

Author: Jeff Wilson
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 96
Color photos: 250
Author Bio
Jeff Wilson has written more than 30 books on railroads and model railroading. He spent 10 years as an associate editor at Model Railroader magazine, and he currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and photographer, contributing articles to MR and other magazines. He enjoys many facets of the hobby, especially building structures and detailing locomotives, as well as photographing both real and model railroads.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Vehicle history and basics

Chapter 2
Plastic kits

Chapter 3
Resin and metal kits

Chapter 4
Detailing and weathering cars and trucks

Chapter 5
Converting toys to scale models

Chapter 6
Modifying and scratchbuilding truck bodies    

Chapter 7
Truck loads

Chapter 8
Paint and decals

Chapter 9
Lighting vehicles    

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About the author
Building Vehicles for Model Railroads from Kalmbach Publishing Co. is a very useful book for modeling vehicles. It also includes tips and techniques suitable for almost every other modeling genre. It features an excellent gallery of photographs and detailed text.

If you value vehicles on your layout, this book can guide you to make them more realistic. If you have old models you want to revive for nostalgia or economics, you will appreciate this book.

I have no meaningful complaints about this book and recommend it. - Fred Boucher, Managing Editor, RailRoadModeling
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