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Book Review
Modeling Structures
Modeling Structures
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Modeling Structures is a new book from Kalmbach Publishing. It is part of the Essential Series from Model Railroader.

This book is appropriate for modelers of all model subjects. Modelers of today enjoy a vast choice of generic and even prototype models of many medias with which to create their favorite building. Even the finest kits can use a little enhancement.
    To make a better layout, it’s important for modelers to construct buildings and structures that are unique for each project. Jeff Wilson’s new book shows readers what they’ll need to know about:

    • Detailing, painting, and creating signs.
    • Making structures appropriate for the era, railroad, and region being modeled.
    • Techniques for building plastic and wood kits, as well as kitbashing and scratchbuilding.
    - Kalmbach

Modeling Structures format is softcover, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4, 96 pages, 260 color photos, ISBN 978-1-62700-223-3.

Content
Model railroaders tend to be just that – modelers of a railroad. Railroads exist to move goods from one place to another, and those goods rarely originate and terminate in a field. Hence, structures are used to protect, preserve and distribute those goods. Thus a model railroad needs model structures.

Mr. Wilson brings us a wealth of modeling ideas through 96 pages and nine chapters, plus a list of manufacturers
    Chapter 1
    Tools and adhesives

    Chapter 2
    Structure kits

    Chapter 3
    Modular and kitbashed structures

    Chapter 4
    Scratchbuilding

    Chapter 5
    Interior detailing and lighting

    Chapter 6
    Painting and weathering

    Chapter 7
    Signs

    Chapter 8
    Structures and flats from photos

    Chapter 9
    Finishing scenes

    List of manufacturers

Those are the chapters. What do they say? Common yet unconventional paints and glues are presented. Whether a modeler wants to build a kit, combine kits through kitbashing or scratchbuilding, dozens of pages describe and demonstrate how to build the model.

I read some useful and interesting topics, such as how to power your lighting and how to figure out how much power you need, especially if you use LED lamps. Also, how to create flat facades with photographs is increasing in popularity. This book demonstrates this technique.

The informative text is worth the book. But what of visual content?

Photos
Kalmbach richly supports their text with photos. These include photographs of models before and during assembly, plus images of prototype structures which inspired the process. All of the images support the text.

Conclusion
Modeling Structures is a great resource for model railroaders in general and structure modelers in particular. It is very well written, efficiently laid out, smartly presented, and illustrated with excellent photography. I think it strikes a concise balance between delivering knowledge and readability. I have no complains of consequence and recommend it.

Please remembered to tell Kalmbach and retailers that you saw this book here - on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Very well written, efficiently laid out, smartly presented, and illustrated with excellent photography. I think it strikes a concise balance between delivering knowledge and readability.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: This is a great resource for model railroaders in general and structure modelers in particular.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 12493
  Suggested Retail: $21.99
  Related Link: Kitbashing Structures
  PUBLISHED: Jan 26, 2016
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...

Copyright ©2017 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.


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