Time-Saving Techniques for Building Model Railroads
Building a model railroad – especially a room- or basement-sized layout – takes a lot of time. In his new book, Tony Koester shares many invaluable time-saving tricks he’s learned over the decades as an accomplished modeler and author.
- Using LDEs (Layout Design Elements) with staging.
- Efficient layout construction tips and techniques.
- Time-effective methods to get a layout built and operating.
Table of Contents:
Introduction - What's the point?Chapter 1
- Goals based on time, space, and budget
Finding ways to consume fewer resourcesChapter 2
- What to do ahead of time
Things to do before layout construction consumes almost all of your spare timeChapter 3
- Looking to the prototype
No sense reinventing the wheelChapter 4
- Shortcuts to layout construction
Paper templates, narrow shelves, hand-throws, and lightingChapter 5
- Doing scenery in layers
Progress promotes progress; foam construction; trees vs. forestsChapter 6
- Time-saving structure tips
Kitbashing pros and cons; modeling the boondocks; flats; photo wallsChapter 7
- Improving engines and rolling stock
The handsome USRA fleet, stand-ins, quick weathering tipsChapter 8
- Tips from the masters
So how do they get so much done?