Building What's in a Photo

From Model Railroader Magazine
Item #12833

Have you ever seen a layout, structure or scene in a book or online that you've wanted to re-create? Building What's in a Photo will help you with just that by showcasing models from the most talented builders.

This book will help you go from "I could never build that" to "Wow, I built that!"


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Building What’s in a Photo takes you from an interesting prototype photo all the way through to a finished project. We’ve gathered some of model railroading’s most talented builders to share their models and the images that inspired them. Perhaps some of these photos will inspire you to model these scenes, or to find your own projects sparked by photos you’ve found!

You’ll get a variety of projects, including:

  • Prolific author Bernard Kempinski shows you how to research Civil War-era railroads.
  • Contributing Model Railroader editor Lou Sassi turns photos he took “just in case” into a memorial to a landmark he passed on his way to work.
  • Model where rail meets water with expert Paul J. Dolkos.
  • Pop-up railcar scrapping, by M.R. Snell.
  • And many more!

There are projects for every skill level, from re-creating a busy Long Island Rail Road junction using off-the-shelf kits to tips on scratchbuilding a steam locomotive from brass.

Author: From Model Railroader Magazine
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 144
Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Building a wooden arched truss bridge
Bernard Kempinski

Chapter 2: Build an interlocking scene
John F. Ciesla

Chapter 3: Saving Peerless Tanning
Lou Sassi

Chapter 4: Modeling where rail meets water
Paul J. Dolkos

Chapter 5: Modeling an old station
Alex Belida

Chapter 6: Backdrops bring a snowy scene to life
Mark Dance

Chapter 7: Pop-up railcar scrapping
M.R. Snell

Chapter 8: Filling in the background
Dominic Bourgeois

Chapter 9: Building an offline customer
James McNab

Chapter 10: Diamonds in the tracks
Todd Hermann

Chapter 11: Building from inside out
Ron Hoess

Chapter 12: Building Fisherman’s Wharf
Harvey Simon

Chapter 13: Scratchbuilding a brass locomotive
Andrew Dodge

Chapter 14: Engine no. 18 in Kingfield
Lou Sassi

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