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
format is softcover, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4, 96 pages, 260 color photos, ISBN 978-1-62700-223-3.
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
Tools and adhesives
Modular and kitbashed structures
Interior detailing and lighting
Painting and weathering
Structures and flats from photos
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?
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.
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.
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