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Book Review
Kitbashing Structures
How to Kitbash Structures
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Appropriate for modelers of all subjects, How to Kitbash Structures by master Tony Koester is a well written and richly illustrated book.

While modelers of today enjoy a vast choice of generic and even prototype models with which to create their favorite subject, sometime you want something that just isn't available yet. Or you want to create something straight from your own imagination. Kitbashing (kitbash altering the parts of a kit to produce a car or structure that is unique, or combining parts from two or more kits to produce the same result.*) allows creative modelers to create or express their dreams when a model is not available. According to the book;
    Learning to kitbash commercial structures is an essential skill for modelers. This title covers basic techniques for working with kits, how to use kits in unexpected ways, and step-by-step projects that will help enthusiasts take their layouts to new levels. Structures covered include railroad buildings, lineside industries, coal tipples, storefronts, and more.

    Helpful for beginner and intermediate modelers
    Features a tutorial on making photo backdrops
    Includes an inspirational gallery of kitbashed structures


Not only is this book informative for model railroaders, it is both an enjoyable trip down memory lane and an introduction to recent model masters. The lion's share of subjects are by Tony Koester.

How to Kitbash Structures format is softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 pages; 200 color photos; 10 illustrations; ISBN: 9780890248669.

content
The 10 chapters and sections of this interesting and clever subjects are;
    Introduction: To kitbash or not to kitbash?

    Chapter 1: Do not read the label on the box!
    There may be a soybean plant hiding in a cement plant box

    Chapter 2: Depots in disguise
    House kits can often be modified into depots

    Chapter 3: Towers and freight houses
    A new roof and other minor alterations may do the trick

    Chapter 4: Coal country structures
    Kitbashing truck dumps, tipples, company stores and houses, even a church

    Chapter 5: Lineside industries
    Ideas for grain elevators, factories, paper mills, and "flats"

    Chapter 6: Residential and retail
    Disguising a kit's heritage may be as simple as applying a coat of white paint

    Chapter 7: Bridges and trestles
    Tips on modeling steel viaducts, through-truss bridges, and timber trestles

    Chapter 8: Combination tower and depot
    A Santa Fe prototype provided the inspiration for an easy kitbashing project

    Chapter 9: From cement to soybean plant
    A cement plant provided most of the components for a different industry

    Chapter 10: Kitbashing cornucopia
    Examples of structures from several of the hobby's leading practitioners

photographs, artwork
The book is richly illustrated with many photographs. These include photographs of models before and after kitbashing, plus images of prototype structures which inspired the process.

Also included are sketches and concept drawing of model layout designs, and the new configuration of models. All of the images support the text.

Conclusion
Books like this are excellent sources of inspiration, technique, and execution. It is certain to provide ideas not yet considered. It is easy to read, well organized, and full of useful photographs.

While geared towards model railroaders this book can be useful to modeler of any subject. Treat yourself and add How to Kitbash Structures to your library.
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Sources
* "Beginner's Glossary." National Model Railroad Association. National Model Railroad Association, Inc., 5 Apr. 2008. Web. 06 Nov. 2014.
SUMMARY
Highs: An excellent sources of inspiration, technique, and execution. It is certain to provide ideas not yet considered; it is easy to read, well organized, and full of useful photographs.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: While geared towards model railroaders this book can be useful to modeler of any subject. Treat yourself and add this book to your library.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 12472
  Suggested Retail: $21.95
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 10, 2014
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.31%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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