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Scratchbuild a small factory

An online extra from the May 2013 Model Railroader
RELATED TOPICS: HO SCALE | N SCALE | O SCALE | S SCALE | STRUCTURES | PLANS
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These days modelers are blessed with an abundance of materials for scratchbuilding. Sheet and strip styrene, ABS plastic, brass, copper, aluminum, and wood are just some of the products available. However, when I build structures for my S scale Buffalo Creek & Gauley RR (see Great Model Railroads 2011), I use mat board, rose board, and index cards, materials that were commonly used decades ago. I used these materials when I scratchbuilt my first structure in the mid-1970s, and happy with the results, have stuck with them ever since, building more than 50 structures to date. With my latest project, Sullivan Manufacturing, I’ll show you how to use tried-and-true materials in the May 2013 Model Railroader.

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