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.
About the Author:
Tony Koester has written eight books focusing on his lifelong hobby of model railroading. He is currently working on a multi-deck HO layout that depicts the Nickel Plate Road's St. Louis Division in 1954. Tony is a contributing editor to Model Railroader magazine, writing feature articles and the popular Trains of Thought column. He also edits Model Railroad Planning, a special annual issue of Model Railroader.
Table of Contents: (See Manuals for a PDF Sample of this publication)
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
- Helpful for beginner and intermediate modelers
- Features a tutorial on making photo backdrops
- Includes an inspirational gallery of kitbashed structures